Posted on May 5th 2017
As we are approaching the two year mark I wanted check in quickly and share some good news! The shop has expanded and doubled in size! The neighbors moved out and we were offered the space so we decided to take the plunge. We are now close to 2500 sq feet of pure homebrew bliss. We now have more room for, well, everything! We have brought in new products, more stock of existing products and more room for events. Not to mention there is now some wiggle room for those days when the shop is busy and buzzing.
These last two years have gone by so fast that sometimes I forget to take a step back and take it all in. So I’m doing that now. We are wrapping up construction and shuffling the shop around and I am taking a breather (for a few minutes) I am so impressed with this community that we have built together in such a short time. I am completely humbled by all of the support. It is tough to keep a small shop functioning especially without the help of online sales. Your support of local and independent has not only kept it afloat but we are now expanding and have lots of fun ideas for the future. I can’t thank you enough for your past and future support. Tonight I raise my glass to you. Onward and Upward my Friends!
If you haven’t already heard the news let me break it down for you. Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies, a couple of the biggest if not the biggest online homebrew outlets have been acquired by AB InBev aka Anheiser Busch. I’ve had a week or so to digest this news and without getting too dramatic [...]
This isn’t going to be another post explaining why only a fraction of the products in the store are on the website…okay it might just a little.Occasionally I get a call or an email asking about getting products shipped to the customer from the website. I’m going to cut you off right there. With [...]
My last post was on December 15th 2015. Good grief, that is too long. I told myself I was going to keep up with the blog and here we are at the beginning of March. I apologize. I know you have been waiting on the edge of your seat for a new post. Or you [...]
Last week I had the privilege of attending a meeting of the newly formed Orange County Brewers Guild. It was both educational and also very exciting to see the development and plans for our local brewing scene. With Orange County now hosting over 20 breweries and more in planning, the time couldn't be better to [...]
Whether you are a long time brewer, beginner or craft enthusiast thinking about diving in to the hobby, homebrew clubs are never a bad idea. In fact I highly recommend it and advocate for them. There is so much to gain from a club at all levels. For beginners it is a great way to [...]
I have been getting a lot of calls about hours for Thanksgiving. So here ya go. We will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving so we can sleep in, cook food, drink beer and take naps. Oh and spend time with family! All other days are normal hours.I don’t want to tell you how to live [...]
An evening with Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee Lab:Next Wednesday November 11th we will have Jeff, owner of Portola Coffee Lab here at the shop discussing the use of coffee in the beer brewing process. It starts at 6:30 and everyone is welcome. Whether you are just a fan of coffee beers or are [...]
Hard Cider is becoming more and more popular both as a commercial drink and also with home brewers. Cider can be very easy to make and has about the same turnaround time as beer. Making hard cider can be as easy as pitching some yeast into juice and calling it a day. We recently made [...]
A quick aside to this here website that you are currently hovering on. I am slowly and silently working on getting the website built. My plan is to have all of the two thousandish products listed and in a somewhat logical order that is easy to navigate hopefully soon. I currently have a few hundred [...]