What we didn't know was that this is so popular the tours this day were not only sold out, but sold out until the end of October. Who knew? We could just wander around, we'd miss the talk and the tasting but we'd tasted at lunch in the Tap Room, so figured we could muddle through.
|Off we go|
|The best I could do, it would have needed a video|
|This gives absolutely no idea of how nice the way in looks|
but it does give some idea of the effort made.
|While the plant is huge, it's done so well the tanks look like part of the art of it|
The entire parking lot is full of solar panels
|The first thing you see on entering the main area.|
These might not be working ones, we weren't sure
My first thought was...meat eater's heaven. At least for me. Bill is not a meat eater but there was still a great selection of possibles for him as well.
|Bill's roasted corn salad. My pancetta smear (their name, not mine).|
They were both very good, along with the beer that is only sold
in the restaurant, a lemon something something ale.
|What a neat way to serve hummus!|
|The amazing open kitchen. You can read a lot more about it and the food here.|
|Just a few beers on tap|
|Gotta be some good oxygen in this space|
|Big beautiful machines|
The walls are lined with insets holding antique beer equipment. It's a long, long hallway. Where there aren't insets there are windows onto the floor, different areas from labeling to packaging open for viewing. I wish the machines had been active but at the same time, it was easier to study it with the stillness.
Across from the tour people in this beautiful bar getting their tasting, these windows let us in on shoving hops. I'm guessing it's hops. Hey, I'm not a tour guide!
|The flasks Bill is in front of were dated the day before and were still burbling|
|There were a lot of wonderful tools on display|
|Like this one we couldn't figure out the purpose for. Another mystery.|
And then onto the plant itself.
|Yes, those are all bottles|
|It would have been so much fun to see it working!|
Bill was observing the large number (almost all) of guys with beards working here. Along the way, we ran into the first guy we'd seen, the one who told us about no tours. Mentioning the preponderance of bearded workers to him he responded, "We call it craft beards here."
|There were a few guys around who seemed to be tinkering with machines|
|I'm guessing these are spare parts that are needed more often?|
Looking up the name of the company on the sign, this is what I found.
If you want to see the machines moving, that is where you go for that.
|He filled up a little tube, put in some liquid and then tossed it down the drain.|
In about 5 seconds. Then he walked away with a purpose I have no idea about.
|A portion of the tasting room|
|More amazing copper|
|The smell of cooking hops is strong here, in a good way.|
Have a worty, woody Wednesday. Do something wet-hopped.
(ok, I have to say this - there is actually a web page with beer terms by alphabet...simply incredible)