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Sawdust, Sneezes, & Spackle

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Island Life, Preparations, Slider, Work | 2 comments

Sawdust, Sneezes, & Spackle

I know you, our dedicated blog reader, are disappointed that we haven’t been posting regularly. Well, in all honesty, we’re probably going to continue that trend. We’ll try harder, though. I promise. Life hasn’t been too exciting lately. We’ve been working on the brewpub pretty much all day, every day. Recent projects include deconstructing, cutting, and sanding about 3 million pallets; sneezing and wheezing as sawdust takes over our space; attempting to clean bathrooms with no running water; hauling buckets of water from home; caulking, spackling, and painting...

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Brewery Renovation Day One

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

Brewery Renovation Day One

We don’t have power yet, but we do have a key! Let the demolition begin. We removed the drop ceiling first, which added another two feet to the ceiling height. That helped open up the space a bit. Many years ago, when this was a furniture store, the renters built a mezzanine over the back quarter of the main space. You can’t even stand up in this new room and it drops the lower ceiling to barely six feet. And then, they, and every tenant after, proceeded to fill it up with junk. I can’t imagine why any one would build this bastard half-floor, so we proceeded to rip it out....

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RBC First Beer Tasting

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

RBC First Beer Tasting

During the Rincón Plaza Art Walk this past Thursday, Rincón Beer Company made its debut! Although last-minute, the event went well. Sage had two beers ready for sampling: Sandy Blond Ale and Overhead IPA. We passed out free samples of each, along with comment cards for people to rate the flavor, mouthfeel, and general taste of the beer. We were excited to get some feedback on our product, albeit a bit nervous to put it out there in the world! Once we learned about the Art Walk, Sage came up with the idea to do a beer tasting there. We talked to our friend Anthony, who owns an art...

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The Kegerator

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Brewing, Slider, Work | 2 comments

The Kegerator

An important part of a brewery involves serving cold draft beers. This isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, however. The beer needs to kept around 45°F (this is very variable and very debatable) from the keg to the tap. If the kegs are too far away, glycol cooling lines might need be run, which greatly increases expense and creates complications. The easiest option is a kegerator, which is a beer keg refrigeration and serving device. Unfortunately, they are fairly expensive, with a single-tap kegerator running upwards of $400. They get more expensive pretty quickly. I want to have a...

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Brewery Upgrades Part 2

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 6 comments

Brewery Upgrades Part 2

Naomi and I have been discussing the brewery quite a bit lately and we’ve decided to go legit from the start. That means a commercial location, proper permits, and everything else that’s involved. To help this process along, I’ve enlisted the services of a professional business expediter to grease the proper wheels and handle all interactions with officials. Considering I have to pay rent on my commercial space while waiting on permits, I expect her fee will be well worth it. She also comes very highly recommended! One of my biggest bottlenecks was going to be having enough...

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Brewery Upgrades Part 1

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Brewing, Slider, Work | 5 comments

Brewery Upgrades Part 1

There is a lot of interest around here in locally made craft beer from the local bars and restaurants, but there is very little to be found. In fact, there is only one place in Rincón that even serves beer on tap. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to start a local nano-brewery here and I’ve begun putting together the equipment for commercial output. The goal is to ramp up production to 15-gallon batches (which is still very, very small) while improving quality and consistency.  The permit process takes awhile so I’ll be “giving” beers away for a suggested...

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