EBC On The Air

November 15th, 2016

From our first Podcast to a YouTube video – the EBC crew has taken some time to join a couple local shows to talk about the brewery. Enjoy!

Foody Direct
John Bird sits down with Foody Direct and talks about everything you ever wanted to know about craft beer. Check out the full interview here:
http://blog.foodydirect.com/index.php/expert-interview-series-john-bird-enegren-brewing-co-everything-ever-wanted-know-craft-beer/

Conejo Valley Advice Givers Podcast
Chris Enegren and John Bird talk about founding the brewery, the brewing process, and our White Heart Fundraiser

Reel Bites Ventura County
Joe Nascenzi gives a brewery tour with the Reel Bites Ventura County crew.

EBC 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

January 12th, 2016

As we approach being open for one year at our new location, our Christmas and New Year’s break gave us time to reflect on the past year and what we want to focus on in 2016. As we sat at the brewery one cold morning, trying to keep warm, the first of many resolutions for the new year came to us easily.

Tasting Room Heater
First up on 2016 improvements is to install a heating system in the brewery tasting room. The rudimentary heating device (aka fire) we first conceived almost burnt the brewery down, so we contacted an HVAC company who can install a brand new heater in the tasting room to help keep everyone warm and the building un-burned down.

At EBC we promise a beer in every glass, a fire on every table

At EBC we promise a beer in every glass, a fire on every table

Pilot Brew System

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Cuteness overload

Ever since we opened back in 2011, we’ve wanted to get our 10-gallon home-brewery back-up and running. Not only for fun and nostalgia, but also to brew pilot batches at the brewery. This would enable us to hone in a recipe before brewing it large scale, and allow us to experiment with new hops and other ingredients.

So in 2016, we plan to finally get our home-brewery back up and running. We just purchased a new glycol-jacketed 10-gallon stainless steel frementor and will get our home-brewery back in action over the next few months.

Sell off Old Fermentors
While we’ll be sad to see them go, we’ve started to sell off our old 6- and 7-barrel fermentors to replace them with three 15-barrel fermentors. Not only will this cut down on the amount of work we need to do on 15-barrel brews, but it will also reduce the tank-footprint in our brewery giving us more space.

Expand Tasting Room
With the additional room from selling off our old fermentors, we’ll be able to rope off space on the brewery floor to add additional seating capacity when not brewing. As we see it, there’s no better place to enjoy a beer than with friends next to the stainless steel machinery that brewed it!

Expand Barrel Aging Program
2015 was focused on getting our new brewery up and running smoothly and staring to expand distribution. While we will continue to focus on that in 2016, we also plan to focus more energy on expanding our barrel program. This will allow us to start releasing more barrel aged beers – both on tap and in bottles.

A beer in a barrel is worth two in a fermentor

A beer in a barrel is worth two in a fermentor

Expand Bottle Program
2015 saw the launch of Valkyrie and Foliage in 22oz bottles – which you can now buy in local shops and restaurants. In 2016 we plan to greatly expand our bottle offerings. This will include bottling our other year round beers, Protector and Lunch Pale, plus each of our seasonals – starting with Golden Spur in the spring. We’ll also begin to bottle special release beers as they become available.

So there you have it – our 2016 New Year’s Resolutions for the brewery. We’re ready for another amazing year!

More Beer for All!

October 31st, 2015

Since we opened our new brewery back in January, we’ve been brewing like crazy to keep up with demand and release new and awesome beers to share with you all.

And since then, we’ve had a lot of great milestones to propel us forward to spread the glory and power of beer across the land.

  • In April – we introduced and filled the first crowler at the brewery, revolutionizing beer-to-go in Ventura County. They have since made it to the top of Mt. Whitney (thanks Noel)!
  • In July – we bottled our first batch of Valkyrie. Sure we had to stamp each bottle by hand, but man was it awesome to start seeing our beer in local shops.
  • In August – we got our first 30BBL bright tank, expanding our production capacity.
  • In September – we signed on with the Craft Beer Guild to help us distribute our beer from the OC up to Santa Barbara.

And now we’re excited to announce our biggest change yet – 2 new 30 BBL ferementors and 1 new 30 BBL bright tank! With these new tanks, we’ll be able to bottle more beers, get into more local bars, and bring more people together over a delicious pint to celebrate life.

And so, we introduce to you the newest ladies at the brewery: Brianne, Olivia and Susan!

Susan, mother of John Bird – Master of Festivities at the brewery – finishes off the Mom fermentor row.

Brianne (Chris’ wife) & Olivia (John’s wife) start the beginning of a new fermentor row – the wife row!

Be sure to say hi to them next time you’re at the brewery – your next beer could be from them!

New Shirts On Sale Online & At The Brewery

August 14th, 2015

The EBC summer fashion lineup is in – and it is hot. So hot we even got a professional model to show them off.

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You can tell she’s a real model since she’s not even paying attention to the camera.

We’ve expanded our lineup to include two additional women’s tops – an EBC black tank & an EBC light-gray tee. Both will keep you looking and feeling cool this summer!

But don’t worry guys – we’ve got you covered as well. Tired of all the summertime yard work getting in the way of your beer drinking? Now with our new men’s EBC Camo shirt, escaping outdoor chores is easier than ever!

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Crowler camouflage not guaranteed

All these shirts, and more, are available for sale at the brewery, or our newly revamped online store.

Cheers!

Gift Cards Now Available!

July 8th, 2015

We’ve had requests for these since we’ve opened, and now they are finally here – Enegren Brewing Company Gift Cards!

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Available in any dollar amount- these gift cards make a perfect gift for any beer-lover (or anyone that just enjoys a good beer).

For sale now in the brewery tasting room!

One Giant Leap for Brew Kind

July 2nd, 2015

Valkyrie 22oz Bottle Label
We took a giant leap forward at the brewery last week – 15 BBLs of Valkyrie bottled into 22oz bottles!

Now, we’ve done some bottling before, but this usually involved a hand-held beer gun, a 500 bottle max, and a few “work beers.”

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Hand bottling Batch 100 bottles, work beers – March 2014

This time, for the first time ever, we used an automatic bottling machine! For our first run, we called in a mobile bottling unit, or MBU for short. The MBU saved us from having to hand-bottle 15 barrels of beer – but we quickly learned it wasn’t all sugar plums and fairies.

First, the thing about the MBU is, while they are made to work with every brewery, they are not made to work with one brewery particularly well. So it took us well over an hour to hook the system up and get it running.

Secondly, the biggest learning pain was, that despite checking before getting our brand-spanking-new labels printed, the bottled-on date machine didn’t work with our labels. So, much to Chris’ enjoyment, he got to hand-stamp each of the 2600+ bottles we filled.
So, keep your eyes peeled – not only are these new, hand-stamped, Valkyrie bottles available for sale at the brewery for $6.50 – but are also coming to a store near you!

Father’s Day 2015

June 12th, 2015

Father’s Day is just around the corner – and we at Enegren Brewing have got you covered! Not only have we released some awesome beers over the past couple weeks (Lagertha Pilsner, Ice Cream Truck Milk Stout) – but now when you stop by for a beer you can get your Father’s Day shopping done at the same time!

Fathers-day-poster

If your dads are anything like ours and basically the rest of the U.S. (and at least Scotland) – they like beer and golf. So we’ve put together an awesome Father’s Day package with a high-quality moisture wicking golf shirt, a sleeve of golf balls, a ball marker and a crowler for only $50! That’s more than 20% off the regular price!

This EBC Father’s Day Special says more than just “Thanks Dad, you’re awesome and I love you.” First – he’s gonna look gooood. Just look at how good John looks modeling the shirt for us.

John Full Swing club at top copy

John sitting down with Golf Club copy

Second, if he’s a good golfer, he’ll really enjoy seeing our golden lions soar down the fairway and roll towards the hole. And third, if he’s a poor golfer, the delicious crowler fill of your choice will help ease the pain.

Basically, we’ve got your nomination for best son/daughter on earth for sale at the brewery from now until Father’s Day on June 21st for just $50.

Lagertha Pilsner

May 26th, 2015

Summer’s just around the corner, and in preparation we brewed up a small batch of Pilsner. This batch laid the foundation for our planned 30-BBL batches ahead of releasing Lagertha Pilsner as our new summer seasonal.

Enegren Brewing Company Riwaka Pils

Lagertha Pilsner is named after our brewery – which is named after a Viking shieldmaiden. The name was bestowed upon this beer because this was our first flawless brew day.

Brewed with German Pilsner malt and Saaz & Mosaic hops, our first batch turned out fantastic! We were about to release the brew last week, but realized we weren’t sure if it exhibited the intrinsic qualities a summer brew has.

So, like a lot of our problems, we turned to science for the solution. We put our best lab technician – Brad Enegren, father of Chris and Matt – on the case.

After much thought, he opted for a strenuous test at a special field testing laboratory designed for this kind of high-tech assignment.

The beer passed with flying colors.
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So, with a successful validation, Lagertha Pilsner will be on tap at the brewery tasting room this Wednesday starting at 4pm!

This is not only one of our favorite beers, but also one of the more challenging beers we brew. The technical challenges in brewing a light beer with a perfectly balanced hop profile and a clean yeast flavor is no easy task; it takes planning, time and patience. After our strenuous testing, we’re sure you’ll enjoy Lagertha Pilsner as much as we enjoy brewing it!

And stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more lager brews in the coming months.

Cheers!

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American Craft Beer Week 2015

May 6th, 2015

2015 American Craft Beer Week

May 11th – 17th is American Craft Beer Week! The week celebrates the culture and community of craft beer across the US and we’ve got some sweet events lined up to celebrate!

Wednesday, May 13th
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Half off glasses of Valkyrie and Captain Patrick Irish Stout at the tasting room from 4pm – 9pm. The Grilled Cheese Truck will also be by serving up tasty melts!

Plus, join us at Ladyface Brewery for a special American Craft Beer Dinner! Space is limited – you can reserve your tickets here: ladyfacebeerdinner.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, May 14th
Mary Ambree Belgian Brown Ale
We’re putting a brand-new beer on tap – Mary Ambree!. Mary Ambree, named after an English Captain that helped liberate the Belgium city Ghent, is a Fruity Belgian Amber Ale with a slight caramel flavor from the dark candi sugar we added during the boil.

Friday, May 15th
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Discount cask night – $2 cask pours until the cask runs dry. Plus Ian Ormiston is playing a live acoustic set from 5:30 – 8:30 and Rock Chef Rolls is serving food starting at 4:30!

Saturday, May 16th
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Moorpark’s own Jason Lewis playing Live Music Jukebox from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Plus, awesome food from The Underground Gourmet Food Truck from 1pm – 7pm.

Sunday, May 17th
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Discount Growler Fills! We’re finishing off the week with $5 1L and $10 2L growler fills at the brewery from Noon – 5pm. Plus live music from Skin & Bones and food from Germanys Famous Bratwurst food truck!

Hope you’re able to join us to celebrate craft beer in America! Directions to our brewery & tasting room »

Cheers and Happy Craft Beer Week!
EBC Crew

Questions, Comments, Coming out to Celebrate? Let us know!

Crowlers – The Next Great Thing in Craft Beer

April 17th, 2015

Over the past couple weeks, EBC Scientists have been hard at work trying to identify a fill-on-demand 32oz container that showed up at our brewery. Is it a growler? Is it a can? We were stumped.

crowler

Is that a can or a growler?


After many tests we finally figured it out. The answer may surprise you.

Is it a Growler?

  • We quickly found that, like a growler, the mystery container could be filled and sealed on demand.
  • After many tests, we also discovered that we could fill it with all the same beers on tap that we could fill a normal growler with.
  • We also noticed that once opened, the beer inside the container could be enjoyed.

After these first few tests, we were nearly convinced that the container was a growler. However, to be thorough we also ran some tests to determine if it was indeed a can.

Is it a Can?

  • Webster defines “can” as “a closed metal container that is usually shaped like a cylinder and that holds food or drink”. Our container checks out here.
  • After many metallurgical tests, we determined conclusively that the container is indeed made of aluminum.
  • We conducted several experiments and determined that this new container can be taken to places where cans can go like golfing or the great outdoors.
  • We also noted that we were able to get 5 cents back when we turned it into the recycle station.

At this point we were pretty confused. Earlier tests clearly proved that our container was a growler. However, these more recent tests also proved that our container was a can.

A scientific and philosophical debate ensued.

crowler discussion

I think, therefore I am. But if a crowler does not think, what is it?

After much debate, discussion and, of course, drinking out of them we were finally able to come to a conclusion to the question plaguing us for days.

Is it a growler? Is it a can? The answer is YES!

Available for the first time at the brewery tasting room this Saturday – the 32oz crowler!