On Friday, I went along with Brian Lethcoe (from Nibble Bit Tabby Brewing Co.) for a visit to the two new microbreweries in Orange County, The Bruery and Bootlegger’s Brewery. Both of these breweries have been working hard over the past year and going through the same bureaucratic and logistical exercises that we are going through now. But just a few months ago, both Patrick (The Bruery) and Aaron (Bootlegger’s Brewery) saw their dreams fulfilled as they were finally able to open their doors and sell their first batches of beer!
Thanks to Patrick and Aaron for letting us pick their brains on how to get it done, and for showing us that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel (or more accurately that there is BEER at the end of the tunnel)…Cheers guys!
Me, Brian, and Patrick (L to R) at The Bruery's tasting bar
One other exciting bit of news is that Patrick just got the approval for on-site sales at The Bruery! Now you can buy his beers and sample his creations right at the source.
Brewhouse and fermenters at The Bruery
Aaron, Murray, and Mike (L to R) at Bootlegger's
Aaron’s business partner, Mike, is also his father. It was nice to see that, since my dad and I are also business partners, trying to get our own microbrewery started. Congratulations guys for getting it done!
Fermenters at Bootlegger's Brewery
Here’s Brian sitting with the brewhouse at Bootlegger’s. This system is almost identical to the one that Brian bought for Nibble Brewing Co, so it was cool for him to get to see it hooked up and operational.