If the removal of two 80-year-old pine trees constitutes ground breaking, then Under Cover Ale Works is underway. On April 22nd we fell two trees to begin the cut for the brewery foundation.
Ten days prior we ventured down to Guadalajara Mexico to check out a 5 bbl steam fired brew-house that was (and still is) for sale. Although we did not purchase the equipment never-the-less it was a fun trip. We tasted a new craft beer from a brewery in Guadalajara called Minerva. I can honestly say that Minerva’s beers are a refreshing step in the right direction for Mexico beer.
May 16th 5 hours after receiving an email about a 10 bbl direct fired brew-house available in Gunnison, Colorado, Rich, Karu, Lao Tzu (our doggies) and I were packed in our VW Westy and heading East.
Twenty hours later upon arrival to view the equipment we learned that not only had someone else beat us there but this someone else had put in a full price offer. We viewed the system and decided to go to the Gunnison Brewery to talk it over. Ultimately, we didn’t think the equipment was worth bidding more than the asking price and so we camped, played some disc golf, drank a few brews and headed to Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.
The Brewing Lair
67007 CA Hwy 70
Blairsden, CA 96103
Jan 1 – Mar 31
Friday thru Monday, Noon – Darkish (5:00–5:30ish)
April 1 – Oct 31
Every day, Noon – Darkish (7–8ish)
Nov 1 – Dec 31
Open Thursday through Monday (closed Tues/Weds), Noon – Darkish (5:30–6ish)
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