Extended Tasting Room Hours

January 28th, 2015

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It’s been a long time coming, but with our new facility up and running we finally are able to expand our tasting room hours! Expanded hours mean more beer, more friends and more good times.

Starting Wednesday January 28th – the brewery will be open Wednesday through Friday with the following hours:

  • Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

To kick this off – we’ve got the ConFusion Sushi Roll Tacos Food Truck stopping by the brewery the next two Wednesdays!

Christening Lagertha & Our First Brew

January 6th, 2015

Like all our tanks, the mighty 15 bbl brewery Lagertha needed to be christened before she was used for brewing.

Brie’s voice rang clear across the brewery on the chilly December morning as we christened Lagertha moments before our first mash-in.

After a tiring 27-hour brew day for the first brew on our 3-BBL system, we prepared ourselves for the worst as grain and water filled our new mash tun. However, much to our surprise, things went incredibly smoothly during our first brew-day and a 15 BBL batch of Contradiction Black IPA is now fermenting away happily in our brewery!

We all agreed that a victory cigar at 10pm after a finished brew was way better than a “victory” cigar at 5am while the brew was still boiling after 20 hours of brewing.

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And so began brewing on our new brewery. Named after a fierce Viking shieldmaiden, she is well equipped to take us forward to share the glory and power of beer to all the land.

Operation Frosty Box IV – Double Fridge Move

January 2nd, 2015

You’ve read about Operation Frosty Box I & II from back before we even opened.

You’ve seen Operation Frosty Box III from our big 3-bbl brewery expansion almost two year ago.

Now we bring to you, Operation Frosty Box IV – Double Fridge Move.

The Problem

Our new brewery tasting room will use the same fridge as our current brewery tasting room. At the new brewery, we need to install a fire sprinkler in the fridge before we open. It’s impossible to install a fire sprinkler in a fridge that isn’t there.

The Solution

Move our current tasting room fridge to the new brewery and move our old tasting room fridge back to the current brewery without interrupting the flow of beer to customers and without letting our beer get warm.

The Action

Step 1
The first problem is that the old fridge is way bigger than the small serving fridge at the tasting room. To accommodate the bigger fridge, we had to de-bolt Anita and Hedi from the ground and transport them over to our new brewery.

Step 2
Move the tasting room fridge over to the new brewery. We had to remove all serving equipment (taps, CO2 regulators, etc.), dissemble the fridge at the current brewery, and re-assemble the fridge at the new brewery.


Step 3
Break down the cold-storage fridge at the new brewery and re-install it in the current tasting room. Transport all kegs that were at the new brewery to the fridge at the current tasting room. Re-install the tap system – all while making sure the beer stays cold.

The Result

We now have our old fridge from Operation Frosty Box II in our current brewery and our serving fridge behind our new bar with a sprinkler in it.

Christmas Gifts Available at the Tasting Room

December 11th, 2014

matt-christmas-xmas-growler-cardNeed a great Christmas gift for someone who loves beer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our holiday gift cards are back on sale at the brewery, plus we’ve put together some awesome packages only available this holiday season.

Gift Cards
Available for 1L and 2L growler fills for $8 and $15 each, respectively. Perfect to pair with an empty growler.

(Note: gift cards do not come with garland, lights or Matt)

1L Growler Package
Two 1L growlers, two 1L gift card fills, and one hand-sewn grain bag growler carrier for $30 ($37.50 value).
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Anniversary Ale Package
1 bottle of our EBC Mk. III Third Year Anniversary Ale, and 2 limited edition anniversary glasses for $22 ($31 dollar value).
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New Beer Release – Pants Day Double Red IPA

December 9th, 2014

pants-day-red-ipaEveryone is familiar with our Spring IPA – Shorts Day. The beer is brewed in celebration of the transition from wearing pants in the cold-harsh SoCal winter to shorts in the spring.

But as autumn fades to winter, so too does our opportunity to wear shorts. Sure, some days we sneak on a pair, but we usually regret it as daylight begins to wane and coldness takes over.

When this happens it means that Pants Day, arch-nemesis and destroyer of Shorts Day, is here. With the much-needed rain storm last week, Pants Day has fiercely reared its head — we can no longer keep it at bay.

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At the brewery starting this Wednesday night, Pants Day Double Red IPA will be available in tasters, glasses and growler-fills.

Pants Day is a beautiful red color and is the hoppiest brew we’ve concocted to date. At 8% ABV and over 4.5 lbs of hops per barrel, the brew will leave a delicious citrus, grapefruit, floral and piney hop flavor in your mouth long after the beer is finished.

While just a footnote to the hop flavor, the reddish color from CaraMunich and roasted wheat malts provide some unique malt character that add to the complexity of the brew.

SPECS:
ABV: 8.0% | IBU: 85
SG: 1.073 | FG: 1.013

MALT:
2-Row
CaraMunich III
Roasted Wheat

HOPS:
Chinook
Cascade
Simcoe
Centennial

Operation Dirty Green – November Construction Update

December 2nd, 2014

For the last few months we’ve been saying “the brewery is finally coming together” – but for the first time ever, it’s now actually coming together.

Bar
The bar is finally finished. Fireman Dave poured 9 gallons of epoxy over this thing and it’s now ready to commence vigorous testing – hence the kegerator behind it. You may also notice that while modeling the bar, Brie had to put her purse on top of the bar. Don’t worry, we have a solution for that coming.

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Wall
As some of you may remember from the build-out blog from our current brewery, there is a requirement that we separate the brewery from the tasting room with a wall. This time we decided to get fancy with it – and at the same time doubled its zombie defense rating from 10 zombies per minute to 20.

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Brewery Programming / Testing
The brewhouse control system is debugged and ready to go. It’s waiting for a completed steam system before we can do a full hot water test.

Steam System
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And don’t worry. The most important part of ANY steam system has also been installed.
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Compressed Air System
We installed a big air compressor to power the brewhouse horns. One might ask why one would need horns when one also has a whistle, but that’s just a stupid question.

The air compressor will also be used to power our keg washer and air operated valves on our brewhouse and fermentors.

Tasting Room Lighting and Fans
We finally ripped out the gross florescent lights that come with pretty much all warehouses and put some nice barn-style lights and fans in.
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Glycol System Complete
The glycol system has been one of the most labor intensive jobs. The chiller unit had been sitting in our tasting room for nearly 6 months while we figured out where to put it – it’s now on the roof.

After we mounted the plumbing, each elbow and tee needed to be covered with an insulation casing and then filled with expanding liquid foam. This might sound hard, but it turned out to be really easy – thanks to the fact that Chris married a girl that has a really handy father who did all the work (thanks Fireman Dave).

We’re within weeks of our first brew and pretty soon you’ll start to see some of the tanks pulled out of our existing brewery and put into commission at the new facility. As soon as we get our final building and safety sign-offs we’ll start planning our grand opening.

We’re almost there!

Operation Dirty Green – Construction Update

November 13th, 2014

A lot has been going on at our new brewery and we’re busy as bees finishing up the last of the work. Stay tuned for more info on our opening – but until then enjoy these pictures of the work in progress!

Bar Frame

The frame for our new bar is built in the brewery, and will be completed in a few days!

Tap Handles

Nicknamed Mission Impossible – after several months Fireman Dave finished creating over 600 new tap handles for our expansion. A build-your-own pizza party was held in celebration.

Random Improvements

Building a new brewery isn’t just stainless steel and sweet bars – there’s a lot of nitty-gritty work that needs to be done: tiling bathrooms, installing boat horns, etc.

Courtrai – Barrel Aged Golden Spur Saison

October 24th, 2014

Back on tap for the first time since 2012, we bring to you Courtrai – a wine barrel aged version of our spring seasonal Golden Spur Saison.

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On tap starting Saturday October 25th – we’re excited to re-release Courtrai for the first time since 2012 – it’s even better than we remember it!

Our 2012 version was aged in a fresh 2-year Syrah barrel which imparted a robust wine and oak flavor that complemented the banana and clove flavor in Golden Spur. However, our current vintage is slightly different. Aged in the same wine barrel as John Chester Belgian Strong Ale – this Courtrai has a mellow oak and wine flavor that is a delicious footnote to the banana and clove flavors from the saison yeast.

We were only able to make 55 gallons of this brew, so be sure to stop on by before it’s gone. But stay tuned – rumor has it there may be a batch aging in a fresh wine barrel aging somewhere around the new brewery.

The New Brewery Arrives

October 1st, 2014

There have been many exciting milestones along the way in this brewery building adventure – from smashing walls down to watching concrete being poured. However, nothing was as exciting as seeing our brand new 15BBL brew system being delivered last Friday. None of us are fathers, yet, but this has to be EXACTLY what it’s like seeing ones first born.

The truck arrived at around 2pm, and as with every other new piece of equipment in our expansion process, the brewery was too big for Helga The Forklift to handle. Luckily larger forklifts are available for rent, and we happen to know a guy who can operate heavy machinery.

So once again, our friend Scott helped us unload the tanks and platform from the truck and into the facility. As everything was already standing up, this process proved much easier than the fermentors.


After getting the tanks and platform into the building, we began the leveling and positioning process which is not unlike a dog trying to chase its own tail (but not as cute). If it wasn’t for us being so pumped up at the moment, the mood would have definitely resulted in frustration and yelling.

Each tank has about 3-4 connections to the main system manifold and each connection must fit perfectly into place without bending. The toughest part was moving, leveling, raising and twisting each tank so every fitting lined up.

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Then next day consisted of screwing the mounting plates for the brewery as well as our fermentors and water tanks to the ground using big screw anchors and our favorite tool: the rotohammer.

The brew system is a Premier Stainless 15BBL 3-vessel system. This was completely designed by Chris, who conveniently also works at Premier Stainless. This of course resulted in a wicked sweet system with a lot of fancy things.

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From left to right, we have a Lauter tun with rakes and an automatic grain-out plow, Steam Jacketed Mash Tun with a mixer in the middle and a Kettle / Whirlpool on the right side.


The system will be controlled by a PLC in the center cabinet with the interface mounted on top.

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On the brew deck there is a sink that’s plumbed into the hot and cold water tanks in our back room as well as a sample chiller for cooling wort samples.

The most important part is that we made the deck big enough for brew tours, but mainly to hold a cot for overnight brews.

If you’re coming out to our Oktoberfest this weekend, you’re welcome to come see the new system at 2 pm, she is yours as much as she is ours, so climb the platform, look in the tanks, or just simply give her a hug… For those of you who are wondering, her name is Lagertha.

New Beer Release – Enegren Brewing Pilsner

September 25th, 2014

We at Enegren Brewing Company are excited to announce our first ever brewed lager – Enegren Brewing Company Pilsner. The beer is so good, we have released it in the tasting room before we could even come up with a proper name.
Enegren Brewing Company Riwaka Pils
EBC Pilsner is a hoppy Czech-style Pilsner brewed with German Malts and New Zealand Riwaka hops (which you may remember from Riwaka Hopped Shorts Day). The beer is golden in color, extremely crisp, and comes in at an easy 4.8% ABV. The highlight of this beer is the New Zealand Riwaka hops used. Added as both the bittering and whirlpool hops – they impart wonderful passion-fruit, citrus and floral flavors.

The unique and complex Riwaka hops really shine through on this batch for an amazing flavor that is a must try for all beer lovers!

EBC Pilsner
Recipe Design

The brew is a simple design – the grist (grain) consists of over 95% German Pilsner malt and 95% New Zealand Riwaka hops. A touch of German Melanoidin malt is added to the grist to round out the body. And in addition to the Riwaka hops, a small amount of Nugget is added at the start of the boil for a clean bitterness.

This simple brew, fermented with a German Bock yeast, allows the unique and complex Riwaka hops to shine through.

SPECS:
ABV: 4.8% | IBU: 40
SG: 1.047 | FG: 1.010

MALT:
German Pilsner Malt
German Melanoidin

HOPS:
Nugget
Riwaka