Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sisters & Bend

Three Creeks Brewing, more good people; Dave (the brewer) was very open and full of great advice! Wade, GM and Founder of the pub, let Peter and I pepper him with business questions for hours. Finally, Peter and I had the chance to have an Entrepreneur “geek out session” while Kevin kept up a steady pace of beer geeking with Dave. Dave has connections to SLC so we hope to see him at the Brewery later this year.

The town of Sisters is a good time, just like the IPA Dave is hopping up at Three Creeks Brewing! If you want to impress the locals at Three Creeks order a Squirrel, it is not on the beer list but Pete and Kevin sure enjoyed it. This pub has good family friendly dinning too. Sisters is a mountain town just 20 miles east of Bend. Bend is the site of the 2009 Cyclocross National Championships and Sisters could be an interesting alternative to staying in Bend for you Utah Cross fanatics.

USAC doesn’t mention Bend as home to Deschutes Brewery but seems like they should since beer plays a major role in cross history here and across the pond. Bend’s Deschutes Pub was packed on Wednesday night and from the photos you see they earned some medals...we enjoyed Obsidian Stout, some pales, and how can we not mention ALL SIX IPA's on tap...schizzle! Six IPA’s in the small town of Bend and some say the 801 can't handle 3 at one shop, don't despair because we're bringing it!

Then somewhere in East Oregon, we nearly rear-ended this guy! We were not sure if we should just write him off as insane or negotiate our distribution and trucking contract on the spot…seems he has survived going 3 mph on this highway for years!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Oregon Road Trip, Day Two

Today we went south to Conby and visited JV Northwest, an impressive manufacturer of major brewing equipment. Phil gave us a great tour and reviewed our plans with us.

Then off to Eugene to hook up with Paul, who does some consulting for us. He is at Ninkasi now helping with a major expansion project. They where adding a dedicated whirlpool kettle when we visited and we saw the plans for even more. They just do local distribution in bottles and kegs!! Paul let us tap a few fresh draft pints since it was pretty close to noon we had to say yes…the IPA was fantastic. (Robyn, Paul, Peter, Kevin in front of Ninkasi)

(Fermentation room, keg prep, and loading up)

More great brewers in OR! Thanks to Paul and Robyn for the tour and great discussions.

And check it out $18 beers at a special shop in Eugene!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Here you can skip the business plan details and other boring crap and head out for the first EPIC ROAD TRIP in search of brewing equipment and inspiration in Portland which just happens to have a 130 year plus, truly American Brewing History! 10+ hours from SLC, and stress out drafting up the ass end of trucks for 20+ miles when Kevin and Peter thought the Honda was joking about 0 miles of gas in the tank...then crash in The Dalles after a great cod meal and some Bridgeport IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale among others...
Wake up to meet the owner, Paul and crew at AAA manufacturing. Great guys, fantastic stories of projects for breweries from UT to ROGUE and see shining tanks.

Down the road in Hood River, Kevin talks his way into Full Sail at 9 AM!! They don't open till lunch but we get the private tour with Marketing guru Sandra after Kevin won't let her escape from the front door to do real work. She had an inspirational story about pushing vendors to offer recycled paper for certain packaging materials, F.S. stayed firm and moved a lot of the industry in the right direction. To end the tour, Peter is Swedish so he asks for free samples of the Sessions Lager they are bottling...guess he was ready to session drink at 10:00 am...
Drive from Hood River to meet dedicated and driven Charlie from Metal Craft Fab. and get treated to a lunch and beers at New Old Lompoc Brewing, 5Q salad...brewing and the executive barrel aged display decision is made on the spot.

Then to see a salesman but he's got no junk in his trunk and is missing so we go...

...thankfully, and as luck would have it, to HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) 'cause Charlie found out I love bikes, says he used to wrench b4 building beer tanks and did some cool stuff for this pub in the NEQ that is about bikes and beer. Not to mention Green as Green, like bio diesel fired kettles, organic and other progressive stuff. The owner and brewer, Christian was way inspirational and as all good brewers, out of his way friendly.
BTW, this guy can lay down an IPA fresh like UT powpow sprinkled with hops on top and resin dripping down to re-crystallized layers. We got to see his just installed 6 head machine running, the kind we hope to install. Awesome stuff. He even has chain links printed on the bottles of his Pale Ale!
Thanks Christian!!!
Check out the beer board, 12 styles on draft and the video of the filler running!
More on the First Epic Road Trip to come...