February 24th, 2011
We’re pleased to announce that kegs of the long awaited IPA were picked up by the distributor this week, so you should be seeing it around town by next week. If you can’t wait that long, we have it on tap in the tasting room.
Speaking of the tasting room, we are out of new Westbrook growlers. So, for a limited time (until our order of new ones comes in) we will fill any 64 oz. *brown* glass growler you may happen to have. Also, the tasting room will be open from 4-7 pm Thursday and Friday, but we will be closed this Saturday, Feb. 26th because we and everyone else in SC who likes beer will be at the Brewvival! Check out the beer list if you haven’t already. It’s going to be a fun time.
See you there!
February 18th, 2011
By popular demand we’re extending our Friday tasting/tour hours until 7 pm! Also, the Saturday hours are now 12-4 pm.
This weekend we’ll be featuring our newest special release, a Belgian-style Tripel. This beer is a beautiful golden color, has a great Belgian flavor profile, and is dangerously drinkable at 8.3% abv. We also have our White Thai, Belgian Pale Ale, IPA, and the last keg of Belgian IPA (at the brewery) available for tasting and growler fills. Please note we are still cash only and can only fill Westbrook Brewing growlers.
February 2nd, 2011
The tasting room is open for tours/tastings starting today from 4 until 7 pm! Normal operating hours are posted on the Tasting Room page along with the beer list and SC beer tasting/sale regulations. This week we’re featuring 2 beers from our pilot batch collection – A single hopped Citra Rye Pale Ale and an Oatmeal Stout. These beers are brewed on our 15 gallon pilot brewing system and are only available at the brewery. Our goal is to always have at least one of our pilot batches on for every tasting, just to keep things interesting. Every beer on the list is available for growler fills. Come see us!
NOTE: We can only accept cash right now, but our merchant account for credit/debit cards should be set up soon.
August 6th, 2010
Wow it’s August already! Time flies when you’re starting a brewery, but unfortunately this doesn’t seem to apply to construction work. Despite a few delays we are still on track to have beer ready to drink by the end of October (hopefully a little earlier). A couple key things have happened in the past few weeks:
- The urethane floor coating was applied to the brewing/fermentation area. This protects the concrete underneath from eroding due to all the liquids that will be dumped on it (beer is somewhat acidic). Over time, an unprotected concrete floor can be compromised to the point where it can no longer support the very heavy fermenters sitting on it, which is really not a good thing, to say the least.
- The concrete deck for the mezzanine/office level and the roof of the boiler/grain rooms were poured.
- Our steam boiler and the first fermenter (a smaller 30 bbl tank for small batches and experimental beers) were delivered.
The rest of our brewing equipment (minus the brewhouse, which will be about a week behind) is scheduled to arrive in Charleston on Monday 8/9, and will probably show up at the brewery on Tuesday. Assuming that happens, we should have the tanks set in place by Wednesday. The floor coating crew will then return to apply the coating for the packaging and cold storage areas, and the plumbers will get to work piping everything together. By the end of next week, 510 Ridge should finally start looking like a brewery!
Check out our About page for the latest construction photos.
May 3rd, 2010
Things have been pretty busy here at Westbrook Brewing since I last posted. In 1 month, the brewery site has been transformed from a patch of pine trees into a cleared, graded, formed, plumbed, and rebar-ed brewery-to-be. Provided that the weather cooperates, the first 2 pours of concrete for the slab should happen later this week, and then next week the steel beams for the building structure (which were delivered this morning) will start going up. A few pics below, but you’ll have to go to our Facebook page to check out the full album.
View from Ridge Road
The building pad
Unloading truck 1 of 4
In other news, this past Friday was the public (sort of) debut of some Westbrook Brewing test batches! Morgan and I served up 6 different beers at an event on Daniel Island, and the response was fantastic. As I expected, the ginger/lemongrass Belgian white was the most popular, but our double dry-hopped West coast style IPA was also a big hit. The coolest part of the night was seeing people who told us “I’m not a beer drinker” or some variation of that statement try a taste and then come back a few minutes later for a full glass.
Morgan and I bracing for the onslaught of thirsty people
(sorry for the blurry pic)
Last but definitely not least, the SC Microbrewery Tasting bill, H. 3693, has passed the House with a unanimous “yea” vote and is now scheduled for a Senate subcommittee hearing this Thursday, May 6. All the SC brewers will be there to testify, but we need your support! Read this Support Your Local Brewery action alert to find out how to help. There is exactly one month remaining in the 2010 legislative session and there is a real danger that the bill may not pass simply due to running out of time!! That’s why we need you to contact the senators listed at the link above before Thursday and urge them to get behind this bill and move it quickly through the Senate. We’re so close!
April 1st, 2010
I’ve been waiting a long time to type this post.
Finally, after a very long and unnecessarily difficult process fraught with numerous and myriad delays and setbacks, I’m very happy to announce that Westbrook Brewing Company at about 11:30 am today officially closed on the site where we will construct our brewery! The location is at 301 Ridge Road in Mt. Pleasant, which is right next to the Velocity Sports Performance building on Wando Park Blvd and backs up to I-526.
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Although we had a long delay closing on the property, we were able to use that extra time to get our building designed, approved, and ready to go, which means that on Monday our contractor will start clearing and grading the site!
301 Ridge, now
301 Ridge, in 6 months
The brewery is going to be approximately 15k square feet, and will house our 30 barrel brewing system and 60 barrel fermenting tanks, a cold room, a separate “cool” room for storing oak barrels, a quality control lab, and (hopefully) a tasting room where we’ll feature our standard beer lineup as well as some small batch, experimental brews.
As construction progresses I’ll be posting some photos on here periodically, but keep an eye on our Facebook page for the full construction photo album.
We can’t wait to start brewing beer for all you thirsty people out there! Buckle up, South Carolina!