Our Production Brewery is located in the Shelby Park neighborhood of Louisville, KY. We began producing beer here in 2017 and we are excited to continue growing in this building for years to come. Since we began brewing on a five-gallon home-brew system we have honed our craft and developed skills that allow us to produce beer we are proud to share with you. This system and warehouse are the culmination of many long days and even longer nights and we can't wait to continue to bring the best of what we have to offer.
Our warehouse consists of three main production areas: our hot side, cold side, and packaging. Our hot side is a two vessel system consisting of a mash/lauter tun and boil kettle. It feeds the cold side, where the fermentation process occurs. It includes six 30-bbl fermenters, a 30-bbl brite tank, and a 60-bbl brite tank. Our packaging options are 1/6 bbl and 1/2 bbl kegs or 6pk/12oz cans filled off a five head cask canning line.
While there is not a public space at the facility yet, we would love to introduce you to our process, some of the tools we use as we work, and the ingredients that come together to make our beer. Please explore the content below. We hope you enjoy it and get a better feel for how the beer you drink is created.
The Ingredients of Beer
Learn how each ingredient affects the taste of our final product.
1. caramel malt
Caramel malts provide a variety of flavors to beer ranging from light sweetness to dark fruit character depending on the amount of heat and time spent in the kilning process
2. base malt
Base malt provides most of the fermentable sugars and enzymes needed for mash conversion. Base malts usually make up 70%-90% of the grain bill.
3. Roasted malt
These malts contribute flavors ranging from slightly toasty to dark chocolate. They can also have a large effect on the final color of a beer.
Water is important for many functions during the mash and fermentation but for the most part brewing water needs to be clean and taste good!
Hops contribute bitterness, flavor, and a preservative quality to beer. Flavors range from fruity to spicy and even floral.
Brewers make wort; yeast makes beer. We need yeast to eat the sugar from the wort and produce alcohol, co2, and flavor compounds.
Coffee can be added at many different points during the brewing and fermentation processes. When and how it is added can greatly effect the flavor and aroma come through. Plus, coffee just makes everything better right?
8. Finished beer
All of these flavor components combine to make a beer taste, look, and smell they way it does. You can take an ingredient (say a roasted malt) and dose it (or a tea made from it) into a finished beer to give you an idea what effect adding it to the recipe would have.
9. Barrel stave
Barrel aging can add complexity and robust flavor to almost any beer. Most of our barrels are bourbon because well we are in Kentucky after all, but it can be fun to explore different barrels for one off creations or blending.
The Tools of Beer
Learn how each of these tools assists in creating a well made product.
1. Barrel Thief
The barrel thief is used to take (or steal) samples from aging barrels. This one is curved so that we can sample stacked barrels with out moving them.
2. The Zahm
This tool is used to monitor the carbonation levels in beer. It involves taking a sample, agitating it, and measuring the temperature and pressure that agitation of the beer sample creates.
From equipment maintenance to verification of can seam specifications micrometers are used around the brewery when a very accurate measurement is needed.
4. Brew Day worksheet
Detailed record keeping is necessary for consistent brewing. The brew day worksheet records all of the times, temperatures, and gravity/pH readings from the beginning of mash in until the end of fermentation.
5. The muscle
When faced with a brew day breakdown there are few tools I would rather have than a pipe wrench and/or channel lock pliers. This is the brewery equivalent to "If it can't be fixed with duct tape, it can't be fixed!"
Follow the journey from grain to beer. Click on a photo to learn more about each step.