Pilot Brewing System Arrives...Eff Yeah!

Our pilot brewing system, currently in shambles waiting for us to install it

Our pilot brewing system, currently in shambles waiting for us to install it

With one year of planning, structuring, and building this little business under our belts, we’ve recently raised enough money to buy the equipment to launch phase 1 of our 3-part brewery plan. After hustling to find some (awesome) investors and signing the lease for our Soquel Village brewhouse and tap room (official as of this morning!), we purchased a brand new “step-up” 1BBL brewing system by Stout Tanks.

For scale we placed one of our favorite beer nerds, Rory McKee, next to our Pilot System (and to admire his reflection). It's not Sierra Nevada, but it's a start!

For scale we placed one of our favorite beer nerds, Rory McKee, next to our Pilot System (and to admire his reflection). It's not Sierra Nevada, but it's a start!

Glossier than Danny Devito’s bald head lathered in baby oil, the 1 BBL brewing system is small enough to experiment with new recipes while not breaking the bank if we happen to make an awkward batch (it happens to everyone, we promise). In addition, the upgraded system is big enough to max out the allotted space in Ben Lomond yet small enough to serve as our pilot system in Soquel. Below are 3 key reasons why we found significance in upgrading systems.

1) With the addition of a few more fermenters, we can regularly supply 2-3 local restaurants with beer (email us if you'd like to serve our beer on tap). The exposure will allow us to generate some cash and build our brand while we renovate our brewery in Soquel.

2) The 1 BBL system will produce approximately 31 gallons of beer, or two ½ BBL kegs per batch. This quantity is perfect for recipe experimentation. Nick can produce limited release batches or run wild with whacky ideas; testing recipes and diversifying our beer lineup. For a brewer, it’s equivalent to being five years old with access to a private playground.

3) When experimenting, even the best brewers produce a strange batch, and strange batches cost money. In the case of a mediocre test run, the small quantities can go unsold without a huge hit to the wallet, keeping our creativity affordable.

Following a little construction and a few more highly desirable BEEReaucratic approvals, our beer will cease to be fictitious and ready to order. The journey has been long, the day is near, and we’re more anxious than ever.

ALSO! Happen to have an old upright freezer laying around or know someone who does? We’re looking to purchase 4 upright freezers that can be converted into fermentation chambers for lagers. Please pass this information onto friends, family and colleagues or contact us with a lead. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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