Having long since outgrown the downtown Kalamazoo facility (which still houses a beer store and the Eccentric Cafe brew pub) and their second brewing facility in nearby Comstock, the company expanded their brewing capacity again earlier this year, with the addition of a 200-barrel production brewery in also-nearby Galesburg. The capacious new space accommodates the brewery's special needs like increased capacity for dry-hopping, good news for any fans of their magically bright Two-Hearted Ale.
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Beers from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers seems to have a tap handle in just about every bar around San Francisco. We visited with Kushal Hall, Speakeasy's head brewer, to get a look at the brewing facility, and find out a little about his career in beer—from the time he accidentally emptied the mash tun onto the floor, to the newest beers he's brewing at Speakeasy right now.
As demand for craft beer continues to grow, Seattle's Elysian Brewing has expanded by opening a 35,000 square foot production facility in south Seattle. I had the opportunity to stop by the new space, located in Georgetown, on the day they were brewing their first batch.
Like many folks, Anderson Sant'anna De Lima received a homebrew kit for Christmas a few years ago. He started brewing and reading about the science of beer, and now he's brewing a barrel at a time in the basement of his restaurant, 508 Gastrobrewery in the far West Village. Only a handful of NYC restaurants serve beer that they brew on the premises, so we were eager to check out Anderson's setup and taste the beers.
Since opening in 1995, Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro in Bellingham, Washington has been pouring some of the best Northwest style beers in the country. We recently got a peek behind the scenes.
Black Raven Brewing in Redmond, Washington is a hit. Since opening in the spring of 2009, they nabbed a 1st Place People's Choice Award in the 2009 Washington Brewers Winter Festival and won the 2010 Northwest Brewing News reader's choice award for best brewery in Washington. On any given day, crowds wait in the parking lot for the doors to open.
I am standing in House Spirits Distillery, and Executive Distiller Matt Mounts is waxing poetic and dropping science about the nuances between Turkish raki, Middle Eastern arak and Greek ouzo.
Alex Ganum, an emerging artisan brewer with a cult-like following, crafts farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with a local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist. The owner and head brewer for the two-year old Upright Brewing spends his days surrounded by open fermenters and old wine barrels, brewing, bottling and blueprinting his next old-world meets new-world thirst quenching blend.
I'm in Paso Robles this week visiting wineries and meeting winemakers, but I couldn't drive by one of my favorite breweries and not stop in for a beer. Here are a few snapshots from the busy Firestone Walker Brewery.
We recently visited Great Divide Brewing in Denver, Colorado in order to get a good look at the beermaking process from the inside. Greeted by heavy metal music and a host of friendly employees, we toured the operation from start to finish.