Author Archives : Jared

Packaging Overview


Now that I’m in full swing with packaging at River North, I thought it would be a good idea to show you a few of the things that have caught my eye, or surprised me in the packaging component of the brewing operations. I would have thought that the packaging process was nearly 100% efficient, with little waste of beer.…

Barrel Sampling and Blending


Here is a quick recap of a recent barrel tasting I got to do along with most of the other River North staff. These are really great because everyone gets to come together to share their thoughts and input on a blend that is being prepared for bottling and release. Even as the low guy on the totem pole, everyone…

Day 17: Tank Cleaning


Today was a short day in the brewhouse, as some of the chemicals needed to run the keg washer were out. Fortunately, I got quite a few kegs cleaned earlier in the week, so no big deal to miss out on a half day of keg washing. Since I mentioned chemicals, I thought it would be interesting to show the…

Days 15-17: Brewing/Keg Washing/Canning


When you’re the intern, and just getting started helping out a brewery, there is a lot to see and take in before you can really help out. However, even after only seeing the canning line in operation for a few days, I was feeling comfortable to jump in and help out… The image below is a closer up view of…

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…