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Moorpark Restaurant Week – Beer & Food Pairing @ The Brewery

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

2014 Moorpark Restaurant Week

On Saturday January 25th, Enegren Brewing is holding an event for Moorpark Restaurant Week. Yes – we know we’re not really a restaurant, but to compensate for our lack of restaurant-ness we’ve partnered with Moorpark based Disgustingly Delicious.

For the event, we’ve paired four of our beers with food from Disgustingly Delicious. Each beer will be served as a 4-5oz pour with an accompanying food item (think little hors d’oeuvres). The cost for the entire beer and food pairing is $12 (20% off regular price) and will be available from 12-8 that Saturday. If you’re not interested in the entire pairing – both the food and beer are available individually for $2.50/food item & $1.25/taster.

The lineup consists of:

  • Valkyrie Altbier paired with roasted cauliflower gazpacho topped with diced scallions.
  • Protector Imperial IPA paired with a Filo dough pastry with pear, prosciutto, and gorgonzola tied with green onion ribbon.
  • Contradiction Black IPA paired with Braised meatball, roasted mushroom crisps, and grilled onion spread topped on a soft baguette slice.
  • Daniel Irons Imperial Oatmeal Stout paired with flourless chocolate cake truffle coated in ganache and powered in ground 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee beans.

Happy Moorpark Restaurant Week!

Christopher Columbus Hop Project

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

christopher-columbus-memeGood ol’ Christopher Columbus. Where would we be without him today? Sitting on our couch in England, oppressed by the king, no brewery in sight. What sort of horrible alternate reality that would be!

Luckily, Christopher Columbus did exist. His expedition that ended up in the Bahamas so long ago (in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue) started a path toward colonization of the new world that, in some mind-boggling way, has lead us to having a brewery today. A brewery that celebrates the man with a special release brew every year around Christopher Columbus Day.

In celebration of Christopher Columbus Day (10/14) this Sunday October 13th, the day after the Moorpark Beer Festival, we’re tapping a special keg of Christopher Columbus Hop Project. This is a keg of Protector Imperial IPA dry-hopped with a large dose of Columbus Hops. Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop in before it’s all gone!

Custom Pie October Pizza Delivery

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Every Wednesday during the month of October, Custom Pie will be delivering fresh Italian pizzas to the brewery at 6:30pm and 7:30pm.

To get your pizza delivery in, all orders must be placed at least 30 minutes prior to the delivery time. So, if you want pizza at 6:30, the order must be made anytime that day before 6:00pm.

To place an order, you can call Custom Pie directly @ (805) 222-5204 or order at the brewery.

custom pie menu

Click for bigger menu.

Pizza & Beer Pairings

Not sure which pizza to order with your beer, or which beer to order with your pizza? Check out our helpful guide below for recommended Custom Pie pizza & beer pairings.

Margherita
Pair with Foliage Pale Ale

Sophia
Pair with Foliage Pale Ale or Nick Brown Porter

Loretta
Pair with Protector Imperial IPA or Valkyrie California Altbier

Puttanesca
Pair with Foliage Pale Ale or Last Days of Braun Brown Ale

EVENT: Two Year Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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This past year has moved faster than any of us could have imagined. We’ve nearly doubled our production capacity, expanded into another warehouse unit, and even started a barrel aging program. It is with your continued support that we have been able to grow so fast and now celebrate our two year anniversary.

As a thanks to all your support, we’ve put together an awesome event to celebrate the end of our second year on August 3rd with 9 beers on tap, food from Custom Melt, commemorative anniversary doppelsticke glassware, 2 bars for shorter lines & our first bottle run with our 2nd Anniversary Doppelsticke altbier.

The Beer
We’re releasing a brand new anniversary ale for the event – EBC Mk. II 2nd Anniversary Doppelsticke Altbier.

Our second anniversary ale is a special one-time release batch of beer brewed for the occasion. The 9.5% doppelsticke altbier has prominent caramel and toffee flavors with hints of chocolate, raisin, cherry and biscuit. For those that had last year’s doppelsticke anniversary alt, this version is slightly darker with more chocolate flavors and is not oak aged.

The full beer list for the event is as follows:

  • Captains Summer Session
  • Golden Spur
  • Langsamweizen
  • Valkyrie
  • Vanilla Oak Valkyrie on Cask
  • Protector
  • Protector – Hop Project
  • Thunderchief Double IPA
  • EBC Mk. II 2nd Anniversary Doppelsticke Altbier

And, yes you read that right; we’re re-releasing our Thunderchief Double IPA. This hop-forward beer is heavily hopped with traditional American C-hops – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. Perfect for all you hop-heads out there.

The Food
Custom Melt will be setting up their tent again serving special food designed just for the event. Menu to follow, so stay tuned for details

Keep the Glass
Like last year, we have a unique glass available to commemorate our 2nd year anniversary. This can be purchased individually or as a keep the glass with a glass of EBC Mk. II.

Anniversary Bottles ebc-mk-II-label
For the first time ever, we will be selling bottles of our anniversary ale – 750ml corked Belgian bottles. These aren’t just special growler fills like last year – these are pre-bottled beers. And while you won’t get the joy of watching Matt and Chris fill and cork behind the bar in-front of you like last year, you do get these fancy new labels. We have a limited supply, so first come first serve.

Shorter Lines
To help keep the lines for beer short – we’re setting up a second bar over by the brewery to serve up our main beers. Additionally, we will not be serving taster flights for the duration of the event – you can still order tasters, but only 2 per person.

A Year in Review
August – One Year Anniversary Success
September – Moorpark Country Days Parade Recruitment
October – Captain Chris and Brie get Married
November – EBC Thanksgiving Food Drive
December – Our first adventure in chili pepper beers
January – Custom Melt Sets Up at The Brewery for the First Time
February – Released our first German Weizen beer
March – Released our first Belgian Ale
April – First Part of Brewery Expansion complete
May – Second Part of Brewery Expansion complete
June – Christened our New Tank Heidi

One Year Anniversary

Friday, July 27th, 2012

A year ago today, we had just finished our brewery training in preparation for our grand opening.

This year we have an even bigger and better anniversary party planed. Starting at 11am on August 4th, we’ll be celebrating our one year anniversary. And we’ve got a lot of things planned:

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  • Release of our 1 year anniversary doppelsticke altbier – a special one-time only batch of beer brewed at 10.3% ABV with German malts and American and German hops. Aged on French Oak, the beer has unique raisin, caramel and biscuit flavors, with a subtle spicy oak finish.
  • Full servings of beer will be available at the brewery for the first time.
  • Special keep the glass deals for our anniversary ale with a unique glass created specifically for the event.
  • New 750ml corked growlers of the doppelsticke alt. These will be counter pressure filled and can be cellared for several years.
  • Germany’s Famous Bratwurst Food Truck will be at the brewery from 1pm – 4pm.


Additionally, we’ll have more beer on tap than we’ve ever had before:vertical doppelsticke alt and doppelsticke alt glass

  1. Protector Imperial IPA
  2. Valkyrie California Altbier
  3. Captain’s Summer Session
  4. Double Hopped Captain’s Summer Session
  5. One Year Anniversary Doppelsticke Altbier
  6. Hop Project – Christopher Columbus
  7. Vanilla Oak Valkyrie
  8. Cherry Golden Spur Saison
  9. Courtrai Barrel Aged Saison

We hope to see you all there!

A year in review
July – Grand Opening
August – Purse Hooks Installed
September – Fermentor Explosion
October – Foliage Pale Ale Release
November – Brewery’s First Glassware
December – Brewery Automation Installed
January – Expanding Production – a Third Fermentor
February – Installed Grain Pulley
March – First Barrel Beer
April – Brewery Laboratory Installed
May – Expanded Hours of Operation
June – Two Beer Tasting Events
July – Taster Restriction Removed

Captain Chris’ Belated Birthday – Beer and Food Pairing

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Due to various brewery happenings, we were unable to officially celebrate Chris’ birthday until the 5th of October – quite a few days after his real birthday on September 11th. It was, however, worth the wait.

Brie (Chris’ girlfriend) organized a cooking class/beer pairing event at Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom. Paired with a couple of EBC beers, the brewery crew and friends got together to cook a meal of epic proportion.

The food was great and the beer pairing spectacular. Everyone learned a lot – how to sear and braise pork loin, make Ganache, ruin a Vanilla Saffron Sauce and more.

If you have some Valkyire or Protector on hand and feel like cooking, or just feel like making a great meal – here are the recipes:

We Need Pretzels, Repeat Pretzels

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

If you happened to be at the brewery the night of August 26th around 7pm, you might have seen something like this:

Afraid that our beer might be ruined, we have kept this story under wraps for the past few weeks. But as of Sunday 9/18 we declassified it. The story is as follows:

As stated above, it all started on the night of August 26th. Commander Matthew was working his side job as an accountant so Captain Chris and Chief Joe were left alone to tend the brewery by themselves. Our third batch of Protector Imperial IPA was at the end of primary fermentation and we started to cold crash it.

Our normal procedure for fermentation is: Primary fermentation, cold crash, pull off yeast, add dry hops, condition and keg.

For some reason, Chris and Joe thought “why not add the dryhops while it’s starting to cold crash?” It wasn’t our normal procedure, but we began adding the hops regardless. To this date we are not sure why.

We moved our ladder to the fermentor and climbed up top to add the hops. As the first pound was added, Commander Matt arrived, eager to help the brewery.

Matt joined Chris climbing half up on the ladder while Joe stood guard on ground in case beer stealing zombies attacked.

Second pound of hops added – no issues.

Chris, on the ladder, began to add the third pound of hops.

Chris: “Whoa! What the?”
Joe and Matt: “What?”
Chris: “Whoa Crap!”
Joe and Matt: “…..”
Chris: “Crap crap crap crap!”

The brewery crew quickly realized that beer began foaming out the top of the fermentor where we added the hops. Chris quickly covered the hole.

Beer instantly started shooting out of the vent tube near Joe’s feet while Chris clamped down the hole up top.

Now normally when something bad happens in the brewery (valve accidentally left open, hose breaks and shoots 180 degree water into the air, etc.) we quickly diagnose the problem and solve it. In this instance, we all stood there for what seemed like 30 seconds watching beer shoot out the vent tube not understanding what was going on. Then,

Chris: “JOE! DO SOMETHING”
Joe: “WHAT?!”
Chris: “COVER THE HOLE!”

Joe quickly covered the hole and the beer stopped foaming out the vent tube. Seconds later,

Chris: “Gah! Don’t cover the hole. Don’t cover the hole!!”

When Joe covered the hole, pressure in the fermentor built up and started spraying beer out the top hole all over Chris’ face and the brewery.

Joe let go.

The three brewers stood there for what seemed like nearly a minute, watching the beer shoot across the brewery not knowing what to do.

Eventually Matt had the good sense to grab one of our grain buckets and put it underneath the vent tube to catch all the beer.

We stood there, beer/foam flowing freely into the bucket until the foaming subsided. Not fully understanding what just happened, covered in yeast and beer, worried that we had just ruined our batch of Protector, we began to clean up the mess.

Luckily the beer turned out fine – though a bit hoppier than batches past. We learned valuable lessons… like never add dryhops to a fermentor without cold crashing the fermentation unless you want a mess of beer over the brewery.

And if you are lucky enough to try this batch of Protector over the next couple weeks, you can really taste the explosion in it.

First Brew

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Last weekend we brewed our first batch of beer – Protector, our Imperial IPA. Wouldn’t say that it went smoothly, but it did create a batch of beer that after week 1 tastes pretty good. We started on Saturday at 7:30am and finished up around 11am Sunday. It was a long brew.

Things went slowly because we were getting used to our new system and some things did not go according to plan. But we learned a few lessons and can’t wait to do it again. Here’s what we learned:

  1. When pumping the mash from the mash-kettle to the lauter tun, a lot of the wort pulls out first and leaves a very thick mash solution – it doesn’t move through pipes too well. Taking the hose and, using filtered water, spraying the mash into the drain to the pump speeds up the process and prevents clogging.
  2. Adding a small mesh filter on our lauter grant (aka Ulysses S Lautering Grant) would greatly improve vorlauf time.
  3. Unless you want hot wort shooting several feet up into the air, always close the sight-tube valve before initiating the whirlpool.
  4. One gets a lot dirtier when brewing in a 3 bbl system than a homebrew system.
  5. Shortage of buckets on brew day is not fun.
  6. When vorlaufing, start pulling directly from the base of the mash tun before going through Ulysses S Lautering Grant. This gets a lot of the small particles out quicker.
  7. Our kettle evaporation rate is half as much as we estimated (aka, we brewed more beer than we wanted to)
  8. If one plans on a long brew, be sure to put insoles in your rubber brewboots unless you want numb toes for a few days.
  9. Pump #1 sounds exactly like a goat when you turn it off. It is now lovingly called Goat Pump. Coincidentally, goats also eat our spent grain.

Pics from the brew day: