Tank Tipping Day

August 28th, 2014

three-30-bbl-fermentors-in-breweryFor the first time since we started Operation Dirty Green – our new brewery is finally starting to look like a brewery. But it didn’t come without harrow, suspense and determination.

It all started the day before the tanks arrived – we needed to rent a boom lift with a boom extender to stand up the tanks. We had it all planned out, but the company didn’t have the exact boom-extender we wanted. They had one close enough, so we ordered it. No problem.

Later that night, Chris was having trouble going to sleep – excited like a kid the night before Christmas. He finally managed to doze off, and that’s when the nightmares started.

Twice he woke up worried the replacement boom-lift wouldn’t work and the tanks would be stuck on their side. At 3am in the morning he almost got out of bed and pulled it up on Solid Works to draw the boom to make sure it would fit. And finally, he had a terrible dream he was stuck in traffic and missed the tank delivery.

Restless night of sleep finished, first thing in the morning Chris drew up the boom to double check everything would work. The model said it would – by a couple inches.

Later That Day
The tanks arrived in two shipments at 2pm and 3pm. The first truck had the new grist case and our hot and cold liquor tanks. The second our three fermentors. The timing was perfect, as soon as we finished unloading the first truck, the second arrived.

The tank tipping up process was set into three difficulty levels:

  • Level 1(easy): Unload the Tanks
  • Level 2(medium): Stand up the Fermentors
  • Level 3(hard – aka the boss level): Stand up the Cold and Hot Liquor Tanks

Level 1
To pull the tanks out of the delivery trucks – we pulled them out part-way with Helga The Forklift. Once partially out, our rented boom lift grabbed them from the side and drove them down to the brewery.


You might notice a handsome young man driving the boom lift – his name is Scott Doubleday. We were talking to him in the tasting room about our expansion and when we mentioned we were renting the boom lift, he casually mentioned: “Hey, I’m a trained heavy equipment operator. Do you need my help?”
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Needless to say, we took advantage of this good fortune and said yes.

With the tanks all unloaded, we started to bring them into the brewery and stand them up.

Level 2
Unloading the tanks was nervous, but standing up the tanks was downright terrifying. Our hearts were racing for the next 4 hours as we stood-up the tanks.

With baited breath we drove them into the brewery and lifted them up. The boom-lift came close to the ceiling, but luckily it fit in the room and we stood the tanks up no problem. The first tank was the scariest, and the other two stood into place with ease.

Level 3
The final boss – standing up the two 30 BBL liquor tanks. These were markedly harder than the fermentors because they have shorter legs, we were standing them up in a confined space, and an expensive boiler was right next to them.

The first tank proved quite the challenge. We got it to about 45 degrees and realized the legs weren’t long enough to tip up onto without damaging the port at the bottom. So, we had to cut off part of the transport rack to pull it away.

Then, while lifting the tank up the strap got caught on the manway door and almost bent the whole thing out of shape.

And finally, when the tank was almost up, Chris’s dream nearly came true. There was an electrical conduit running across the ceiling – too low for us to stand up the tank. Luckily we were able to grab a pole and push it up, just enough to let the boom through.


And like the fermentors, the second tank was a piece of cake.

All-in-all the entire process took 8 hours – and finally our new brewery is starting to look like a brewery. Be sure to check it out next brewery tour on September 14th.

Three Year Anniversary

August 5th, 2014

Anniversary-marketing-design-no-outline-webCome celebrate our third year anniversary at the brewery with beer and food from 11am to 8pm on August 9th. We’ll have two bars set up to serve you and keep lines to a minimum, our Anniversary Ale on tap, delicious food cooked up at the brewery, commemorative glassware, and more!

Anniversary Ale
ebc-mk-iii-anniversary-glass-editedOur three-year anniversary ale is a doppelsticke altbier aged in second use bourbon barrels for 5 months. This malty brew is full of raisin, caramel and toffee flavors with hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak. The brew will be available on tap at the brewery and available in 22oz bottles to go.

Full Beer List

  • Captains Summer Session
  • Golden Spur Saison
  • Valkyrie Altbier
  • Shorts Day IPA
  • Protector Imperial IPA
  • Langsamweizen Rye Hefeweizen
  • Nighthawk Black Ale
  • Boom Stick Barrel Aged Double IPA
  • John Chester Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale w/ Figs
  • EBC Mk. III Doppelsticke Altbier

Food
As in tradition, Custom Melt will be on hand serving up delicious food at the brewery from 12pm – 6pm.

Year In Review
August – Second Year Anniversary Success
September – EBC Hires First Employee and Names Beer After Him
October – First Fruit Beer Release
November – Brewed First Full Batch of Hickman English Bitter
December – EBC Releases Their First Belgian Tripel
January – First Food & Beer Pairing at The Brewery
February – EBC Announces 15-BBL Brewery Expansion
March – Release of First Bottled Barrel Aged Brew
April – First Tour of New Brewery
May – Release of Second Bottled Barrel Aged Brew
June – Operation Dirty Green – Concrete Installation Part I
July – Operation Dirty Green – Concrete Installation Part II

Keep The Glass
Commemorative three year anniversary glasses will be on sale at the brewery during the event. They will be available for purchase individually or at a discount with a glass of our EBC Mk. III Anniversary Ale.

EBC Mk. III Bottles
22oz bottles of EBC Mk. III will be on sale at the brewery during the event – we have 450 available so be sure to get them while they last!

Concrete Installation – Part II

July 10th, 2014

Part I of our concrete install, if you missed it, had demolition, wicked awesome construction machinery and loud noises. If you’re into that sort of thing (we are) – be sure to check it out.

If you’re more the type who loves sloped surfaces and latticed-rebar (we are ) – this blog post is for you.

Step 1: Vapor Barrier
The first step in pouring concrete is to place a plastic sheet over the dirt to prevent soil moisture from ruining the concrete.

Step 2: Rebar
With the vapor barrier in place, rebar dowels were drilled into the sides of the old concrete and epoxied in place. These ensure the new concrete slab adheres to the surrounding old slab. With the dowels in place, workers laid additional rebar across the opening in a lattice pattern (a pattern seldom used outside of pie and gardening circles) and tied it together.
rebar sloped floor drain new brewery

Step 3: Concrete Pouring
At 6am on a Thursday the cement mixer, pumping apparatus, and about 15 concrete workers showed up and immediately began working. These guys were organized & efficient – this was by far the most exciting part to see.

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Cement Mixer

cement pumping apparatus

pumping apparatus

All of the concrete work was performed by Dennis Mesick from Ideal Concrete Worx.

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Step 4: FRP
Since we needed to wait 2 weeks for the concrete to completely dry, we decided to knock out some tiling and FRP wall paneling. This was our second time doing both tile and FRP so it was a little less of a circus.

Step 5: U-Crete
After spending lots of money on a fancy new slopes slab, the last thing we wanted to see was a bunch of cracks, mold and erosion start to set in as soon as we started brewing. Therefore, we got one of the best coatings money can buy: U-Crete. U-Crete is a cementitious urethane coating that’s designed to take lots of abuse. Unlike epoxies, it won’t crack when the concrete expands and contracts. Applying U-Crete consisted of the following procedures:

  1. Shot blast the concrete to open up the pores for better adhesion.
  2. shot blasting concrete

  3. Apply a base coat and cover it with sand.
  4. prepping for u-crete

  5. Vacuum up all the sand that didn’t stick to the coating after it dried.
  6. sucking up the leftover sand

  7. Apply a final coat
  8. applying final u-crete coating

The final sloped floor drain coated in U-Crete is sure to be the highlight of the next brewery tour. You won’t want to miss it.

And once again we leave you with a time lapse video of the construction being done. The Benny Hill Soundtrack really captures the essence of our build out.

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Concrete Installation – Part I

June 4th, 2014

After 3 rounds of plan-check approvals with the city, we were finally ready to start turning our dirty old warehouse into our beautiful new brewery. First up after plan approval was to paint and start on the 1,400 sq ft sloping floor drain where our brewery will be. This was done in five steps:

Step 1: Move All Equipment
We still have all of our storage over at the new brewery, so to prepare for painting we spent a night fork-lifting all our grain racks, barrels, etc. into the center of the facility so painters could paint the walls where the new brewery will be located.

Step 2: Move All Equipment…Again
Another step, another night playing Tetris with all of our equipment. To make way for painting the tasting room ceiling, the equipment that we just put in the center of the brewery was moved to the left side of the facility.

Step 3: Saw Cut
Finally a step that did not require our now-advanced fork lifting skills. Ventura Concrete Cutting came out to cut the perimeter of the drain area. Surprisingly the concrete saw was whisper quiet allowing us to get some more work done in the unit while they were cutting.

Step 4: Concrete Removal
The day after cutting the perimeter of our drainage area, Dennis and his crew from Ideal Concrete Worx arrived with a dump-truck and a Bobcat equipped with a jackhammer and started busting up the floor.

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Dump Truck & Bobcat

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For a full day,the Earth shook.

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Brewery floor all cut up.

Step 5: Install Plumbing
After the concrete rubble was removed, Mark Johnson came and began installing the piping for the main drain lines. You may remember Mark Johnson from previous brewery plumbing episodes.

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Installing Plumbing

Recap
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so that means (assuming there are no diminishing returns) that 2,000 pictures is worth 2,000,000 words. So, we bring to you this 2,000,000 word description of the first phase of our build out in the form of time-lapse-photography!

Stay Tuned for the continuation of the plumbing install and the pouring of concrete.

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Operation Dirty Green – May Update

May 30th, 2014

Like an iconic movie, our first brewery tour needed a sequel. On May 18th Chris Enegren gave a month-two tour to cap off American Craft Beer Week. Chris followed Matt’s recipe for brewery tours with a quick lesson on the current brewery so that the expansion could be fully appreciated.

Once everyone had reached the future home of Enegren Brewing, Chris pressed his trusty foil into service in lieu of a laser pointer. Plans with fresh approval stamps had been affixed to the wall so that Captain Chris had pictures in addition to words to share the vision for the new brewery with those in attendance.

The brewery is starting to look cleaned up – work this week was focused on the ceiling. New reflective new reflective insulation & a fresh coat of paint really spruced things up!

Final building approvals with the city passed this week and with any luck we’ll soon have pictures of a concrete saw in action for you next week.

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Bottle Release: Bourbon Barrel Aged Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout

May 16th, 2014

On Saturday May 17th we’re excited to start selling Bourbon Barrel Aged Daniel Irons in 22oz bomber bottles at the brewery. This beer is the second release in our bottled barrel series – the first being Batch 100.

The brew has wonderful bourbon & vanilla flavor and aroma from the barrel as well as chocolate, caramel and roast flavors from the non-barrel aged version of the brew.

We created this brew to honor some of Daniel Irons’ later years working as a logger in Alaska. To capture his logging spirit, we aged two separate batches of Daniel Irons Imperial Oatmeal Stout on Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels for 11 months before bottling.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Daniel Irons Label

We have 5 barrels of Daniel Irons aging in Belle Meade Bourbon barrels to be released next year. Stash one (or more) bottle upright of this year’s version in a cool dark place until next year to compare the two barrel flavors and see how it’s aged.

To Daniel Irons!

American Craft Beer Week – 2014

May 12th, 2014

American Craft Beer Week Logo 2014

All this week is American Craft Beer Week! To celebrate, we’ve got some great events lined up at the brewery all week long.

Wednesday – Discount Growler Fill Night
Kick off American Craft Beer Week in style with a $5 1L or $10 2L growler fill at the brewery from 6pm – 9pm!

Friday – Discount Cask Night
From 6pm – 9pm enjoy $2 cask fills until the cask runs dry. We’re not yet sure what cask we’ll bring out for the event, but we can assure you it’ll be tasty!

Saturday – Brewery Open House & Bourbon Daniel Irons Bottle Release Celebration
We’re getting our brewing done early in the week to hold an open house at our brewery. All guests are welcome to come back to the brewery, get a tour, learn about the brewing & fermentation process, see yeast under our microscope, and more! The open house will be all day long, from 11am – 8pm.

Additionally, we’re happy to report that our labels for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Daniel Irons got approved and printed. 22oz bottles will be available for sale at the brewery starting at 11am for $16. The brew will also be making a re-appearance on our tap list while supply lasts.

Sunday – New Brewery Tour
It’s been a month since our first brewery tour, so we’ve got a second one lined up for you to check out the progress made & learn more about our expansion. We’ll have two tours – one at 2:00pm and one at 3:30pm. So we can accurately prepare for the group, we ask that you please sign up here.

Cheers and Happy Craft Beer Week!

First Tour of the New Brewery

April 30th, 2014

There are some events in history that demand being chronicled in words and pictures. The Wright Brothers’ inaugural flight at Kitty Hawk, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and Commander Matt’s guided tour of the new brewery to name a few.

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Sunday, April 13th in the year 2014, shall forever be remembered as the day the faithful followers and aficionados of fine craft beer were treated to a personal guided tour of the new brew facility. Of course, in order to truly appreciate the expanse of the expansion Matt gave a quick overview of the current operation, followed by a walking tour to the future operation.

Upon reaching his destination attendees of drinking age were held spellbound as Matt pressed a high tech podium into service and shared the details planned for the new brewery.

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Podium of Presentation

Empty spaces and blank walls were painted with verbal images of a larger tasting room, state of the art 15 barrel brewery that will be visible to guests, barrels of specialty brews that will line the entry, the location of numerous 30 barrel fermentors and other specifics designed with the enjoyment of patrons in mind.

If you closed your eyes you could smell a fresh batch brewing.

Riwaka Hopped Shorts Day

April 17th, 2014

You might have noticed that Captain Chris was not at the brewery a couple weekends ago – no he was not taking a vacation, but off in New Zealand helping install a new brewery for Garage Project. They will start to distribute in small amounts to the U.S. soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

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From left to right: Jos, Chris, and Pete.

As a token of their thanks, Chris was bestowed upon a gift of great awesomeness: 10 lbs of Riwaka hops.

These New Zealand Hops, related to the Nobel Saaz Hop, have an intense grapefruit aroma and flavor. To showcase these hops – we’ve added some to nearly 30 gallons of Shorts Day IPA. This extra dry-hopped batch of Shorts Day with Riwaka hops will be on tap at the tasting room starting this Saturday, April 19th.

Operation Dirty Green T-Shirts – On Sale Now!

April 17th, 2014

For the first time since we opened over 2 and a half years ago, EBC is excited to announce that we have a new shirt on sale to commemorate our expansion.

operation dirty green tshirts

Printed on a green shirt to match the new green awning at our future location, these shirts are available for sale at the brewery for $17 each.

If you can’t swing by the brewery, you can order them online here ».

And, if you’re curious how these look in action – Chris and Matt were kind enough to model them over at the new location while celebrating Matt’s Birthday this past Wednesday.