First off, BIG THANKS to everybody who came to see us at Belmont Station Monday evening. We enjoyed meeting new friends and talking beer with you! Thanks also to Chris at eyeluvebeer for stopping by and posting a little write up on his blog. You can read it here.
We are moving along nicely and settling into the new 10bbl system. We’ve already brewed double batches of Old Grogham, CuDA, UnDun Blonde, Lumberjane Stout and our new Handful IRA. This IRA is a slight revision on the Elephante’ Red Ale we brewed for last year’s Oregon Brewers Festival. The feedback we got on the Elephante’ was positive, but we felt we could still give it a stronger floral aroma. So we tweaked the malt bill some and upped the hops a bit too. Knowing how you Portlanders love your hops, we think you’ll be happy with the results.
I gotta say, it’s quite a difference brewing on a professionally built and designed 10bbl system compared to our original 1bbl setup. It’s really nice being able to control pretty much everything with the touch of a few buttons. It only takes the turn of a valve or two, turning on a pump, and the wort is headed from the mash into the brew kettle. Same thing when the batch is done and ready to transfer into the fermenters. This really saves us a lot of physical labor in the process. There’s still tons of actual work we have to do by hand- canning and palletizing cases to name a few examples- but overall the work is much easier.
Well, now we have TONS of beer that needs to be sold, and drank! After not brewing for nearly two months while getting the new system installed, it’s a great relief to finally be getting some beer out the door, and into the mouths of our thirsty patrons. Look for our cans on the shelves of your nearby Fred Meyer, New Seasons or your favorite bottle shop in the Portland metro area. We also have Old Grogham, Undun Blonde, along with the CuDA, IRA and Lumberjane Stout, available in kegs. So be sure to put in a request for Natian at your favorite watering hole as well.
Besides brewing beer to keep up with our local demand, we’ve been busy working to fill our first orders for out of state distribution. In case you missed the Facebook post a few weeks ago, we’ve signed on with Nevulis Beverage, from Schnecksville, PA, who will be supplying Natian beers to the wonderful people of Pennsylvania! We’re very excited for this opportunity to share our beer with new people and to expose them to the great craft beers of Portland, and the Pacific Northwest. If you’ve got friends back that way, be sure and tell them to be on the lookout for Natian coming soon, they should arrive by the end of March. We’ll keep you posted on specific dates when they become clearer.
Okay, that it’s for now, gotta get back to work. Afterall, this beer isn’t going to make itself. Thanks for reading, and drinking our beer!