When Greg was last here in March, we went to the Carolina Brewing Company’s Saturday tour with Brian, Lisa, Lisa’s mom Ann, Danielle and Gary. It’s great – it’s kinda like the Granville Island Brewery tour but more inspiring and overall, just better. To start, it’s free! And, they open the taps before and after the tour. The brewing company is run by a few guys that decided they liked beer and wanted to make it for a living. It was really fascinating because it was all so science-y! There was yeast and temperature control and sterilization and tweeking the “protocol” (i.e., recipe) until the right things happen (the science-geek in me was happy). It’s science, but then in the end you get beer!
So yeah, needless to say, it seemed like a really good idea to start a microbrewery. Brian mentioned that whenever he goes on this tour, he also gets the same brilliant idea. There are relatively few independent microbreweries in Vancouver (at least for the city’s size). Portland, which I think is fairly comparable to Vancouver in size, has WAY more microbreweries. Yes… *tents fingers*
Greg, being the sometimes-more-practical one, said that maybe I should try brewing a beer first before I go out and set up a microbrewery. Silly Greg.
Now, Brian has been home-brewing for a while now, but I have never tried it. So last weekend Brian and I started brewing a porter that Brian named “Porter Dispute“. 😀 I think we bottle it in another two weeks and then can try it two weeks after that. I’m excited!
If it tastes good I might be able to convince Greg to let me at least buy home brewing equipment. We don’t have a lot of room, but I’m sure I can find a place to put it! I’d even think about getting rid of a craft box or two… maybe…
All microbreweries have to start somewhere, right?