Here’s another peek behind the scenes of our typical morning routines (pics courtesy of our roving eye / Tap Room Managrrr! ‘Manda). Voyeurism is fun!
Bottles sanitized and ready to be filled by Team Sales. (You didn’t hear this from us but expect to see an IIPA released in 16 oz bottles in over a months time… of course done right in our Astoria brewery. Shhhhh!)
All the while, the brewery is humming along. Here Director of Brewery Operations Brian gets the necessary hoses organized to transfer today’s brew to its respective fermenter (in this case we were brewing up the first “ERIC” of the season. This batch promises a few surprises… shhhhh!)
One task that never ends is cleaning kegs. Here Sam is taking care of business in preparation for kegging up a fresh batch of DEAN (another insider tidbit – we’ve upped the hops in DEAN quite a bit in our latest batch. Hope you like).
There’s Sam still cranking away! And Head Brewer Rich looks to be taking a break from transferring NIGEL to one of two grundies (to be inoculated by numerous wild yeast strains) by whipping out the ‘ol hoola hoop for some waist slimming exercises. Well no, that’s actually a CO2 hose, but trust us, he’s got a passion for hoola hooping!
Rich pitching some wild yeast for NIGELs secondary fermentation. Our second “grundy” will be pitched with two other strains we’ve been developing, all to be blended for final release (date to be announed, and most likely, in bottles. Ahem!)
Whew, by this point it is still well before noon. A big brewday still to come, with all its associated tasks. Not to mention the prep work to do it all over again tomorrow.