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!
When you walk into BarrelHouse Brewing we want it look, feel, and smell of our delicious beer. A main component of west coast style beers are hops. Hops take a few seasons to take root, we were out of season, and with the buildout in full force we thought it was a good idea to keep our precious hop rhizomes close to home. This started our BHBC Hop Project.
We needed 13-15 containers for all of our rhizomes. With cost always a concern, we opted for the ever so elegant orange Home Depot buckets. I drilled drainage holes, added small wooden braces (to later attach our vertical trellises), and blended some soils and nutrients. We decided on an area of fence that would receive good sun and would support a small trellis system.
Let’s see, we’ve got Willamette, Magnum, Chinnock, Nugget, Cascade, Fuggle, & Centennial. I know we wont a harvest this year, but hopefully the following. We’d love to do a small Estate batch of our brew, but until then we hope you’ll enjoy the hop bines around the Brewery as much as we will.
Enjoying a day off after a long fun week of bringing our new brewhouse to California, we decided to head over to Cambria Beer Co for some fresh local brews. Aaron Wharton, the owner and brewer, welcomed us with a smile and flight of his best beers. We loved them all!
It’s a cozy and charming place where he’s making great use of the space with his custom made 3 barrel system.
I’d say when you’re in the neighborhood you should stop by, but I won’t. Instead, I say make a special trip up our beautiful coast to support and enjoy what Cambria Beer Company has to offer.