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Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 10:21 am
by flip
I'm batting around the idea of starting a big project, and curiousity hit me.

I was wondering if any of our local breweries contract their system to produce a batch of wort? And ballpark range how much that would cost?

I'm thinking around 4 bbls... on the nano scale.

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 10:29 am
by EricH
The only one I know of is Weston Brewing. Flying Monkey is contract brewed there.

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 11:40 am
by dansb
I think Big rip was trying to contract brew at one point.

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 12:56 pm
by bigpete
EricH wrote:The only one I know of is Weston Brewing. Flying Monkey is contract brewed there.


Flying monkey Bob actually sold his company to weston and than bought into the Weston Brew lab with his profit

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 1:10 pm
by EricH
Oh, I wasn't aware of that. So Bob (Robert) isn't actively involved with brewing right now then?

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 4th, 2016, 1:18 pm
by bigpete
EricH wrote:Oh, I wasn't aware of that. So Bob (Robert) isn't actively involved with brewing right now then?


My understanding no, he just handles the distribution side

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 6th, 2016, 2:34 am
by hopmolester69
bigpete wrote:
EricH wrote:Oh, I wasn't aware of that. So Bob (Robert) isn't actively involved with brewing right now then?


My understanding no, he just handles the distribution side


that stout they make....4 finger stout.... i think thats what its called.. but it pretty good!

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 7th, 2016, 8:06 am
by schumed
Doesn't Boulevard brew some of the "Duvel" family brews? They also have their canned beer brewed off site and canned.

I haven't heard of any of the local breweries needing a contract service at this point. I don't think anyone of them have reached capacity. Most of them have been expanding on some scale.

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 7th, 2016, 8:07 am
by schumed
Let's here the project idea?

Re: Do any local breweries contract brew?

PostPosted: March 7th, 2016, 9:45 am
by flip
schumed wrote:Let's here the project idea?


I've been considering buying a couple 59 gallon wine barrels to put in my basement, and filling them with a basic lambic style wort. Since I can only brew at most 10 gallons at a time, I started wondering if I could contract out that wort production to one of the smaller local breweries. I was talking to a buddy who knows someone in Denver that does that. He's a homebrewer home blender and just contract brews wort from a local brewery that has free time on their system, then he trucks the wort home and fills barrels. I've heard stories of guys in Belgium that do this with some of the local lambic producers as well, and some are even starting to sell and release their bottled blends. It's an interesting niche.

I don't even know if any of our local breweries would do that. Which led me to ask if anyone here knew about any avenues in our local scene. I haven't reached out to any on my own yet, because I'm not very serious about it yet. Just curious.