In the past two months since we opened, we’ve gotten loads of questions about our brewery and our building’s history. We’ll be writing a post in the future about our building’s very cool, rich past (as well as some other FAQ’s), but we wanted to take the time to talk a bit about our most common question: “Umm…where’s your brewing equipment?”
That’s a great question. Thanks for asking. We’d like to have an exciting answer. You know, something like, “It was on the way, but it got stolen by a rival brewing crime syndicate in Northern Oregon.” That would be a fantastic story.
Currently we don’t have any brewing equipment in the building because we wanted to open our doors first and deliver on our promise of opening in 2016. We recognized that we needed to get things rolling, and so we concentrated all of our construction efforts and funds on finalizing our building so we could do what we love doing best: serving food and beer to the masses!
Also, just because we don’t have equipment here, doesn’t mean we don’t have our own beer! If you’ve been in, you’ve seen that we currently feature two house beers: the Common Block Pale Ale and Rogue Runner IPA.
How did we do it? It wasn’t from Santa Claus, though beer was certainly on our Christmas list. Instead, we’re contract-brewing our beers through Wildcard Brewing, an awesome brewery in Redding, California (we also server their delicious Ruby Red IPA). The recipes and sourcing all came from the brain of our brewer, John Donehower. He’s been brewing at home and commercially for over twenty years, so he’s got some good ones saved in his little black book. We’re continuing to grow our beer list, too; expect to see a new specialty beer each month as we play with more house recipes and get feedback on people’s favorites and go-tos.
And if you’re curious about what it’s all going to look like when our brewery is finally installed, you can check out our video about our planned construction.
So if anyone asks you: “Are they brewing their own stuff?” the answer is irrevocably and unequivocally yes. Just not on site.