Author Archives : Jared

Day 12: Short Transfer Day


Today was a short day at the brewery, with things a bit slow after attending the Craft Brewer’s Summit the previous day. It was a transfer day, so lots of cleaning and hose moving. It feels good to have the hang of processes at the brewery, where I feel like I can step in and really help the brewers, without…

Day 11: Colorado Craft Brewers Summit


Last Monday Joyride was kind enough to bring me along to the Colorado Craft Brewer’s Summit in Fort Collins. This is the annual technical conference for Colorado craft brewers. This was put on by the Colorado Brewer’s Guild and sponsored by the Brewers Association and a variety of other companies which support craft beer in Colorado. This was a great…

Brewery Day 10: Halloween Brew Day


On Halloween yesterday, I went into the brewery for a brew day with Dave. Joyride is preparing two of their holiday beers; Naughty & Nice Porters. Yesterday was the Naughty Porter brew day. Since it was just me and Dave in the brewery, there was a lot to do! From grain-in to flame-out, I was assisting Dave making the beer.…

Brewery Day 9: Utility Man


Helping out around the brewery has been great, and as I’ve gotten a hang of things I am able too help out in more ways around the brewery. I’ve got the hang of keg washing, filling kegs, taking all sorts of measurements, and the general flow of things on a brew day. This is great, as I can help out…

Brewing Day 8: Short Day


Today, I went into the brewery in the morning to help out with a few transfers and kegging that needed to get done. I’m gaining confidence in washing, prepping, filling kegs, as well as testing brite beer. I’m getting a feel for taking Zahn measurements and tracking things like gravity and carbonation as they apply to commercial scale brewing. A…

Brewery Day 5: “No Simple Highway”


Today was a brew day for the upcoming “No Simple Highway” release; a saison co-fermented with brettanomyces. Most of my day was spent in moving around beer in the cellar, cleaning draft lines, kegging, and washing kegs. Here are a few sample pictures from the day. Photo descriptions: 1. Double keg washer, built by Dave’s father-in-law to automatically run through…

Brewery Day 4: Cellar and Cleaning Day


Today happened to be a pretty light, quick day in the brewhouse. This was nice after a few long/hard days last week. I had one MAJOR improvement today… I put the insoles from my shoes into the rubber boots I had been wearing last week. It was a total game changer! For today’s tasks we had quite a bit of…

Brewery: Day 3 10/11/2018 Kegging and brew day help


Activities for the day… Brew Day: Cherrywood smoked porter with blueberries for Pints for Prostates. Additional work in transferring of fermented beer into brite tanks and kegging the last remaining beer from serving tank. Take Aways for the day: Be mindful of environmental conditions, such spending 2-3 hours in the cold walk-in cooler. Dress appropriately and take frequent breaks to…