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How to Start a Brewery: Bplans.com

How to Start a Brewery

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Think you want to start a brewery? There’s so much more to it than just brewing beer. In fact, that’s the most elementary part of what promises to be a wild ride. In this Bplans.com 2-part guide to starting a brewery, I talk with brewers and industry experts on all the other things you have to take care of to start and grow your brewery:

“As of November 2015, there were 4,144 breweries in the U.S.—more than the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873, according to the Brewers Association. In such a crowded market, making good beer and opening the doors isn’t enough anymore. But, the good news is, if all these people could start a brewery, then you can too—as long as you know what you’re getting into and have a solid business plan for your brewery.”

Full story: How to Start a Brewery (Parts 1 & 2), Bplans.com




Brewing on the wild side

Brewing on the wild side - a craft beer article by Anthony St. Clair

Image: Kelly Lyon/The Register-Guard

Wild beers are such a, well, wild ride. Here’s a new piece about wild beers in Oregon, in The Register-Guard.

“Think of everything you know about beer: the bitter punch of a Northwest IPA, the light flavor of an American lager, the richness of a dry Irish-style stout.

Now pour it down the drain.”

Full story: Brewing on the wild side – Tastings – The Register-Guard




Craft Beer Article: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple

 COLLABORATION IS KEY FOR HOMEBREWING COUPLE

Image: AJ McGarry

New in the February 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“Sometimes newlyweds return from their honeymoon and immediately prepare a room for a baby. But for Kiley and Michael Gwynn of Eugene, they returned from their 2008 honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Hawaii with a passion for a new hobby: homebrewing.”

Full story: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple




November 2015 Craft Beer Articles

AleSong Brewing—new barrel-aging & blending brewery coming soon to Eugene!

Photo by AJ McGarry for Oregon Beer Growler

Thirsty for craft beer news, especially the scene around western Oregon? Here are some of my articles for November 2015:

Lane Monthly Magazine

Filling the Festival Void – Lane Monthly

McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer celebrates its fourth festival! On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects. More…

The Register-Guard

McMenamins still has fresh legs after a million kegs of craft beer – Tastings – The Register-Guard

The influential chain of brewpubs, now 30 years old, serves up distinctively different bestselling beers that endure in an ever-more competitive market. More…

Oregon Beer Growler

Matt Van Wyk, Coombs Brothers Launch AleSong – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 14)

After six years as brewmaster for Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing, Matt Van Wyk (left) has resigned and joined forces with two brothers, Brian and Doug Coombs, to begin a new venture. AleSong Brewing and Blending will focus on barrel-aged and farmhouse beers, with plans to begin selling product in 2016. More…

OSU Prepares Students for Life “Beyond Football” – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 12 & 23)

Oregon State University’s Beyond Football program was created in 2013 to help student-athletes identify their interests and skills by connecting them with professionals in a range of industries, including craft beer. More…

In the print edition of the November 2015 Oregon Beer Growler, you’ll find the stories above as well as these:

  • New Head Brewer Named at Oakshire, p. 4
  • Oregon Brewing’s Living Past: The Art of Beer, p. 13
  • Gate Spans Two Breweries and Two Coasts, p. 15



Lane Monthly: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival is Filling the Festival Void

Raise a glass at the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

New article in Lane Monthly Magazine’s November 2015 edition:

On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects…

Source: Lane Monthly | Filling the Festival Void




Willamette Valley-Inspired Beers Made By Walking, Nov. 5, Eugene

Beers Made by Walking - Eugene beers

8 Beers Inspired by the Southern Willamette Valley in Eugene

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) invites brewers to create place-based beers inspired by plants found on nature walks. The first-ever Eugene-focused BMBW beer tapping event features 8 beers/ciders that were inspired by natural areas in the Eugene/Springfield area. The event takes place on November 5, beginning at 6pm, at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

The hike-inspired beers and cider come directly from a collaboration with the McKenzie River Trust, which sent experts to lead public, summer hikes with brewers on three conservation areas in the southern Willamette Valley. Brewers learned about private land conservation and water resources in the area, in addition to native and invasive plants. The brewers have been challenged to create a beer or cider that represents the trails they walked.

Beer list

Agrarian Ales – Close to Home
Yarrow centric with several other herbs that call the Willamette River floodplain home. Yarrow in the kettle, in the fermenter to inoculate culture, and in the keg. 8 IBU, 5% ABV

Claim 52 Brewing – Conservation Sour
Inspired by a walk through the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area. While enamored with all the property had to give we drew particular interest in the fresh scent of lemon balm, the taste and flavor of mustard seed to the natural habits plethora of pollinating plants. Which in the end drew us to concoct Conservation Sour incorporating lemon balm, mustard seed, honey, and hops. 5 IBU, 5.3% ABV

Elk Horn Brewery – Twisted Wood Belgian Saison
Orange colored Belgian Saison brewed with invasive fennel. 35 IBU, 7% ABV

Falling Sky Brewing
Official Melissa Lemon Balm Pale Ale. 40 IBU, 6.1% ABV

Oakshire Brewing – Down by The River
Brett fermented farmhouse ale with Chamomile and Lemon Balm. 29 IBU, 5% ABV

Plank Town Brewing – Foggy Scotsman Porter with Chocolate & Rosemary
Scottish-style porter with complex malty aromas of dark chocolate, honey, ripe figs, coffee and a hint of smokiness, with an extra chocolate backbone that dances lovely with rosemary. 25 IBU, 5.2%

Viking Braggot Co. – Panacea
Belgian Dubbel style braggot made with additions of elderberry, elder flower, blackberry honey and bee pollen. 25 IBU, 7.5% ABV

Wildcraft Cider Works – Confluence Stingo
A collaborative project with the Hagen family of Confluence Farms. Every ingredient used in its making was harvested from the property, by the family. Whole fermented Blueberries pressed and blended with a knapp weed and pennyroyal wine added to a neutral oak barrel for a secondary fermentation with a juice pressed of Gravenstein and Macintosh apples. 6.7% ABV

Each brewery is donating their unique beer and cider for this event. The proceeds will support the McKenzie River Trust’s work to help people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon.

The Bier Stein is located at 1591 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401.




October Eugene Craft Beer News

Laurelwood Fresh Hop Red Alepouring beautifully

A photo posted by Beergarden. (@beergardenme) on

Recently I had the pleasure of going to Beergarden, a new Eugene pub with indoor/outdoor seating, an excellent tap list of craft beers, meads, ciders, and more, and a food cart pod out back.

Beergarden was a wonderful example of a convivial, cozy space where you can pass a pleasant evening. The food carts had diverse selections, a band played in the corner, and groups and solo drinkers alike were enjoying some of the finest craft beer to be found anywhere. I can’t wait to go back.

Oregon Beer Growler, October 2015 Edition: The Technology Issue

Oregon Beer Growler, October 2015 Edition: The Technology Issue

In other news, the October issue of the Oregon Beer Growler just came out. Check out their Technology Issue for everything from the skinny on Taplister and mobile canning operations, to my pieces on a beer apps roundup, Veneta farm/brewery Plough Monday, expansion plans for Falling Sky Brewing, and the hottest Coolest Cooler around.

  • Beer Apps for Brewers and Beer Lovers, p. 11
  • Big Moves for Falling Sky, p. 12
  • The Hottest Coolest Cooler Around, p. 12
  • A Quality Decision: A Conversation with Plough Monday, p. 17 & 23

Read the Oregon Beer Growler online




September Craft Beer & Homebrew News

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015




Best way to savor beer: clear glass, open mind: Tastings, The Register-Guard

There is so much more to tasting beer than, well, just tasting it. I had a great time talking with the folks at Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing about how they make sure their beers are up to snuff.

It’s easy to think of something as tasting good or bad. Yet, as with wine and spirits, tasting craft beer is a complex process that answers a deceptively simple question: Is this what we expect?For breweries such as Delaware’s Dogfish, Colorado’s New Belgium, and Oregon’s Deschutes and Ninkasi, “sensory panels” of trained panelists meet regularly to taste and otherwise analyze beers before they are released to the public.

Source: Best way to savor beer: clear glass, open mind | Tastings | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon




McMenamins Reaches Keg Million – Oregon Beer Growler

Loved, loved, loved working on this story, which appears in the August 2015 issue of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“We filled them all ‘the hard way.’”

Source: McMenamins Reaches Keg Million – Oregon Beer Growler




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