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Three Year Anniversary

Tuesday, 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!

Bottle Release: Bourbon Barrel Aged Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout

Friday, 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

Monday, 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!

November Tasting Room Events

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Every Wednesday Night (November 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th): Custom Pie Delivery
Due to the great reception, we’re extending our Wednesday night Custom Pie deliveries for the month of November. Pizzas are delivered to the brewery at two times: 6:30 and 7:30. You must order the pie at least 30 minutes ahead of time at the brewery or call them directly and let them know it’s for the brewery delivery. Please note the delivery time can be delayed up to 15 minutes depending on volume.

November 2nd – 24th: EBC Canned Food Drive
Like last year, Enegren Brewing is hosting a canned food drive ahead of Thanksgiving. Bring in your cans between now and November 24th. We’ve already hit 150 cans and as a reward released our Bourbon Barrel Aged Thunderchief Double IPA (aka Boom Stick!).

November 15th: Discount Cask Night
$2 cask pours from 6pm to 9pm or until the cask runs dry.

November 16th: Rollin’ Rib BBQ Joint
Rollin’ Rib BBQ Joint is heading up to the brewery from 12-6 on Saturday serving up delicious BBQ food throughout the day. Word has it they may even cook up a special dish using EBC brew for the occasion.

November 23rd: EBC Thanksgiving Feast
An early celebration to the tastiest of holidays, Thanksgiving. Enegren Brewing will have Thanksgiving inspired food at the brewery in addition to some great beer.

Stay tuned to the blog, Facebook, and our events page for more details on each upcoming event.

Cheers,
EBC Crew

2nd Annual EBC Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Starting Saturday November 2nd Enegren Brewing will hold our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Like last year, we’ve partnered with the local Moorpark Food Pantry (located right next to the police station) who will receive every can donated. To donate, stop on by the brewery with your canned/non-perishable goods during tasting room hours between 11/2 and 11/24 and drop them off in our bin.
ebc 2012 thanksgiving food drive box
We received over 100 cans last year, and have set our sights even higher this year. We’re hoping for 150 cans of food to donate to those in need this holiday season.

Now, these donations are not without a small added incentive… once we hit our goal of 150 cans, we’ll tap a special never-before-released brew – Bourbon Barrel Aged Thunderchief Double IPA, known as Boom Stick!

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Dry-Hopping Boom Stick

Boom Stick! Double IPA is aged in Belle Meade Bourbon barrels for 3-months. Over the three months the beer picks up incredible sweet bourbon flavors with hints of vanilla, rye, caramel and maple. The flavors go hand-in-hand with Thunderchief’s distinct big hop bitterness and floral, citrus, and pine dryhop flavors.

Kegs of Boom Stick! will be sitting in our walk-in serving fridge starting Saturday November 2nd. The instant we hit our can goal we will blow our bosun’s whistle from behind the bar and tap the brew – and it’ll flow until our kegs run dry.

So bring in those cans! They are for a good cause and a good beer!

Brewery Expansion – Part II

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Part two of our brewery expansion blog post series. If you missed out on Part I, you can catch up here.

Phase VI
Expand glycol lines and install new fermentor

The first part of this phase involved Captain Chris driving the BT1 (Brewery Truck 1) down to San Marcos to pick up the new fermentor. This, of course, also involved staying down there for an extra night hobnobbing it with other breweries and having a few beers. Market research.

After we unloaded it at the brewery, it was time to use our good friend the rotohammer again and anchor the fermentor to the ground.

Then, we began Operation Frosty Pipes II and extended our glycol line down the wall with ports for several fermentors to come.

After we hooked our new fermentor up to the glycol lines, it was time to christen the new ferementor “Resi” right before we pumped our first batch over to her.


(pretty sure we’re still cleaning up glass after that)

Phase VII
Expand Brewery Barrel Program

With the increased storage over at the other location, we have the ability to store more barrels and expand our barrel aged beer program.

ebc-barrel-program-start

To start off we got 6 Jim Beam bourbon barrels, thanks to The Bruery ordering extra for us. We have four of these filled with Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout, and one filled with Black Valkyrie.

What will we fill in the remaining barrel? At this point, only time will tell – but rumor has it, it could be an IPA.

Phase VIII
Acquire New Brite Tank from Ladyface

tax-determination-tank-2

This was a surprise expansion phase for us. While some phrases are banned from the brewery like “accidental validation” or “unmarked chemicals” (safety first!), “surprise expansion” is not – and is in fact welcomed. Ladyface Brewery is currently upgrading the size of their tanks, and we were fortunate enough to be offered one of the 7bbl tanks they are replacing. So we stopped by one afternoon, picked it up and delivered it to the brewery.

picking up tank from ladyface

It is currently named “Tax Determination Tank #2” – however we do have a planned renaming and christening ceremony like all new tanks at Enegren Brewing. Stay tuned…

It should also be noted that Fireman Dave purchased a new and improved roto hammer which cut our cement drilling time down from 5 hours to 10 minutes. May we never speak of the old roto hammer again.

Phase IX
Embiggen Tasting Room Area

In an effort to provide even more seating than previously imagined in Phase IV of our expansion plan – the brewery crew got creative and smashed down the wall separating the office and the tasting room.

We had several options of how to tear down the wall. The first was the classic move from The Shining – only problem is it didn’t tear down the wall completely and was just a little creepy.

the-shining-heres-johnny.

Our second option was to tear down the wall X-Men Juggernaut style – but we were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to stop before crashing into our brewery.

the_juggernaut

Our third and final option was to relive our childhood and attempt the classic Kool-Aid “OOOOHHH YEAAAAAHHH” wall breakdown.

Kool-Aid-Man-through-wall

After some debating, we decided to go for the Kool Aid wall breakdown – but it didn’t go quite according to plan. You can see for yourself in the video, but it turned out to be more of a cross between The Shining and Kool Aid.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment of our Brewery Expansion!

Golden Spur Saison is Back on Tap

Friday, April 5th, 2013

This Friday we’re re-releasing our spring seasonal – Golden Spur Saison.

golden-spur-saison-680

While the official first day of spring (aka the Vernal Equinox) was back on March 20th – the small delay for our spring seasonal is well worth it. Why you ask? Well, it enabled us to brew one last batch of Daniel Irons Oatmeal Stout which we promptly filled into two bourbon barrels.

daniel irons stout bourbon barrel filling

With our new tanks, we’ll be brewing plenty of Golden Spur to celebrate this spring – so stop on by and grab a growler, pint and/or a taster to celebrate the return of springtime!

Summer Is Here And So Is Beer!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Wednesday June 20th was the first day of summer this year, and we at the brewery are pretty excited about it. We’re coming up on our 1st Anniversary, and we’re trying hard to expand production thanks to all of you. To celebrate this awesome time of the year, we’re releasing two beers this weekend.

First is our summer seasonal, Captain’s Summer Session. Captain’s Summer Session is designed to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. Light American malt together with a cold fermentation and low alcohol content combine to create a crisp and refreshing brew. The American hops used add a citrus, floral & spicy taste to the beer which is accentuated with the light malt used.

Secondly, we’re releasing our Barrel Aged Golden Spur – Courtrai. Courtrai is our first batch of Golden Spur aged on a 2-year medium toast French Oak Syrah barrel for 2 months. Coutrai is the French spelling of the city where the Battle of The Golden Spurs was fought. So, since we used a French Oak barrel we thought the French name fitting.

Golden Spur (fresh off a Gold Medal at the LA County Fair beer competition) is a light bodied beer that accentuates the banana, clove and fruit flavors produced by the Saison yeast during fermentation. The French Oak Syrah barrel adds sweet vanilla overtones with a hint of Syrah that perfectly complements the Saison’s fruity flavor. We only produced 1 barrel (55 gallons), so stop on by the brewery while it’s still around. 1L & 2L growler fills are available.

Cheers!
EBC

Operation Splinter

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

master-splinterOperation Splinter can only mean one thing – Splinter was captured by Shredder and Krang and we had to go rescue him. We suited up in our brewniforms, armed ourselves with wrenches and mash paddles and assaulted the Technodrome.

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what Operation Splinter means. It probably means that we needed to acquire a barrel to age some of our Spring Saison in.

Our barrel quest had an inauspicious start. Calling up and emailing various wineries to see if they had barrels, and some being less helpful than others. We’re pretty sure a lot of them didn’t understand that beer could even be aged in barrels and were a little confused. We must have contacted 10 different wineries and were about to throw in the towel. But finally we emailed Bella Victorian Vineyard. They were extremely helpful and had a freshly emptied 2011 medium roast French oak Syrah barrel for us!

They are a local winery located just over in Camarillo. The coolest thing is, they are also starting a 2 bbl brewery. We can’t wait for them to brew their first batch.

Captain Chris drove over one day after work and met Jerry and Kimberly Monahan at the vineyard. They gave him an awesome tour of their winery and brewery-to-be.

Jerry and Kimberly Monahan

Chris loaded the rack and barrel into BT 1 (Brewery Truck 1) and headed back to the brewery. The rack was an old rusty thing, so he grabbed the angle grinder (aka headache machine) and 3 hours later had a smooth rack and a solid headache. But, after a quick paint, he also had the barrel rack looking brand new.

spray painted barrel rack

Next, we swelled the barrel with water. To do this, all we had to do was fill the barrel with water. Swelling the barrel ensures the wood is expanded and there are no leaks.

swelling the barrel the night before

After about 36 hours of swelling the barrel, we emptied it to prepare for filling. We sampled the water, it had a sweet vanilla wine flavor…possibly the best water we’ve ever tasted.

emptying barrel

We then proceeded to fill the barrel.

chris filling barel

It was a little tricky – since we spund our beer to naturally carbonate it. It was like filling a very large growler with no counter pressure. Needless to say, it foamed up a bit.

filling barrel

But when it was all said and done, we had one nice looking filled barrel – which we decided to name “Bella” for obvious reasons.

bella the barrel

pic of barrel

Many thanks again to Jerry and Kimberly Monahan – we highly recommend you go visit and try some of their awesome wine (and soon to be beer).

And stay tuned for the release of our Barrel Aged Saison in a few months!

Mini-Barrel Aged Valkyrie

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Some breweries (like ours) are smaller than other breweries (like Stone for example). Small size shouldn’t prevent us from doing great things that other breweries do – specialty seasonal beers, crazy spiced beers or even barrel aged beers. We just have to do some things smaller…

Vanilla Oaked Valkyrie Barrel

So, introducing to you, our mini-barrel (aka barrilito) aged series of beer. This coming weekend we will tap our barrilito and serve our beer on cask at the brewery. While we’ve served beer out of our barrel before, this is the first time we’ve aged our beer in it – we’ve had some Valkyrie California Altbier in our oak barrel for over a month, with a touch of fresh vanilla bean added for that extra goodness.

It’ll be available this weekend, starting Saturday at 11am. There’s only 5 gallons, so be sure to stop by early to get a taste.