Ahhh, the glorious side of hand crafting well made beer. Floor sealer. Okay maybe not glorious, but it is integral to the process. Once again, we needed and wanted to do as much as we could ourselves. We enlisted help from a local talent to help us figure it out. Floors check!
Beautiful! Our fermenters, bright tank, and cold liquor tank are being finished up as you read. Goosebumps.
After much research early in the game, the number one bit of advice from most breweries was not to start too small. It’s hard enough trying to make ends meet in the beginning without the looming need to expand relatively quickly after starting. We took their advice and decided to start a little bigger and grow into them. This way we can focus 100% on bringing all of our beer crazed friends new and exciting beers to enjoy!
Slated to arrive mid-September. Wait, that’s this month?! Okay slated to arrive in the upcoming weeks. It’s game time at BarrelHouse Brewing!
It’s really important for us to stay connected with everyone in our community, especially local brewers. Jason has been part of the San Luis Obispo Brewers (SLOBs) since college and I was excited to connect with them as soon as I moved up. It didn’t take long for me to realize this group was stupid. Stupid in a ridiculously amazing way! They welcomed us with opened bottles of some of the best brews I’ve ever tasted. Not to mention a wealth of knowledge.
The nucleus of this outgoing club is Doc’s Cellar in San Luis Obispo. Sure, we could have easily purchased all of our grains, hops, yeast and other pilot brewing goodies from any number of online sources. But, we have to support our local guys and we just love spending hours in there talking ‘shop’. Thanks to George and the rest of the crew for always taking great care of us.
One of the members sent an email out letting everyone know he had some fresh wet hops. Nugget and Chinook. After a couple days I jumped on it. I sent Michael B an email and we planned to meet. I figured he had a couple bags full. To my surprise he had full bines with a hearty amount of fresh hops. Yea! We harvested and they went straight to the brewery where our wonderful wives spent a few hours removing the flowers. Oh yea, west coast pale ale with fresh wet hops here we come!
We met Marc through a mutual friend from San Diego. He currently resides in Chico where he works for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Marc has ties to San Luis and visits the area often. We invited him to hang with us for the day and brew. We had a good time and it’s always great getting a fresh set of ideas. Thanks Marc! We’ll definitely be brewing again soon.
In the last image you’ll see a bottle of Coffee Pale brewed by a friend in San Diego, Jeremy Pritchard. He’s an established home brewer that fuses his love for beer and uniqueness. We spent the previous afternoon sipping our way through his eclectic brew offerings. He knew I’d need this one the next morning, he was right. A great morning beer for a little hair on the dog. Jeremy, thanks for sharing all of your brews with us!
Just another Sunday spent fine-tunning our soon to be beer offerings…
Our pilot system was a partial gravity feed system. The Hot Liquor Tank was perched high above the Mash Tun (and us brewers) which fed the sparge without the need of an additional pump. Good design…though not the safest and difficult to fill. Plus, remember that Easter Quake a few years back? Yea, I was brewing on another system down in San Diego when it hit. Luckily our bubbling hot wort stayed upright on the system, but it was a strong reminder of the importance of removing any unnecessary risks.
So with a cut of the grinder and some quick welds our brew sculpture is now more user friendly and safe. A big shout out to my Uncle Marty who lives in the area for making light work of this task. We owe you brother, thank you!