Making friends

Posted on August 21, 2013

So we’ve been in Colorado for about a month now and the family adjusting nicely. While The Post planning winds down and construction revs up, I’ve been taking time to meet a lot of fellow brewers here in the front range.

My first stop was at Frontrange Brewing Company, one of our neighbors  here in Lafayette. Chris showed me around the brewery and gave me tasters of a few of the nice beers they have on offer. In our conversation I learned about an invaluable resource here for used and new sanitary equipment. One of my favorite pastimes is browsing rows and rows of used sanitary parts and fittings and Dairy Engineering did not disappoint.

Located down in Arvada, Dairy Engineering is a nice after lunch trip so I went to Yak and Yeti for some buffet and a pils prior to entering what can only be described as a parts-junky’s paradise. My guide was Fred the engineer and he showed me everything. Going on this trip saved me $2000 on a critical piece of equipment which totally made my week. Ka-ching!!!

My next brewery visit was at another of our Lafayette neighbors, Odd 13. I was able to brew along with Ryan and totally had a blast. I love to see people just go for it and that’s what he’s totally up to. Totally manual, the frankenbrew system works like a champ but it’s no wonder Ryan is so stinkin’ skinny. They are ten brews in and operations seem pretty smooth. I had a really fun day sharing information, getting a full on workout and eating Santiago’s burritos. Yes. I will work for burritos.

This week, I’ve visited two breweries and it’s only Wednesday. On Monday, I was welcomed by Tim and Dennis up at Oskar Blues in Longmont. Those guys have got it going on. Their brewery has been nicely upgraded for efficient operation and consistency with great automation where it counts. I surely felt right at home in the large facility. Their lab, while small, is staffed by knowledgable people who are more than willing to help. I love building people resources. The more the better for all of us.

Tuesday I visited with my old friend David Edgar who works as a rep for White Labs, one of the main yeast suppliers for the craft industry, as well as Rastal glassware and Cryslan Ceramics who produce really nice tap handles. I met John and Sarah in the White Labs office. They better get used to looking at my face because they will see it often. With David, I toured around Upslope Brewing Company in Flatiron Park with partner Matt and head brewer Dany. Their new space is really great with plenty of room to grow. Dany is a smart and resourceful brewery who exudes passion for what he is doing. It was a pleasure walking around and listening to their infectious enthusiasm for their brand. So fun and their new taproom is pretty kickass, too.

Tonight I’ll be heading to my first MBAA Rocky Mountain District meeting which is being held at Brewers’ Supply Group in Denver. I’m very much looking forward to connecting with even more Colorado brewers. Should be fun. It’s such a supportive group here and I think I’m going to fit in just fine.

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