Last Wednesday I spent some time with Tyler Reichert, who owns the local homebrew shop, The Home Brewer, and Silver Moon Brewing (see my previous entry here), and got a bit of tour of the new brewery/tasting room/retail store he’s opening up pretty soon. It’s very impressive though there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Tyler first plans to have the homebrew shop moved—the retail portion—into the new space within the next few weeks. The timeframe for the brewery relocating is still up in the air, but probably not too long from what I saw. Most of the equipment is on-site but not set up yet. Interesting story about the new equipment; he bought it from a restaurant in San Francisco that had also been a brewpub, but the new owners weren’t interested in brewing beer. The stuff had only been used maybe four years and is still nearly good as new—Tyler got a great deal on it.
And it’s going to be quite a big step up, volume-wise, in brewing. Right now (I believe) he just has a one-barrel system that outputs 200 barrels a year. The new brewery increases that nearly eight-fold. Impressive.
All in all, it’s definitely going to give Silver Moon Brewing much more of a presence in the local brewery scene, and I hope he gives the other guys a run for their money.