SPRING UPDATE

My apologies, as the last few months have been a blur, and there has been no time to update this blog. We have been a been in a brewing and building frenzy, dialing in the brewery, filling barrels, and building partnerships with fellow LA visionaries.  The following is a update of our activities and progress.

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AUTUMN UPDATE

Dry River Brewing Commences Operations!

With ecstatic joy, we announce that our humble, beautiful brewery is now fully operational and certified. Trading construction chaos for the sweet smell of boiling wort and fermenting beer is a great blessing indeed. My mind now shifts from passing plumbing inspections to creating bubbling, liquid lunacy for my fellow Angelenas & Angelenos.

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SUMMER UPDATE

Construction update

Yes, my fellow Angelenos and Craft Beer lovers, we are getting close! Our construction is coming to completion for Phase 1 and the brewery is looking awesome! We have completed our super expensive, posh, ADA bathroom, refinished our antique concrete floors, sandblasted and refinished our 100+ year old wood ceiling, dry-walled and painted the walls, moved in our Napa valley barrel farm, installed new LED and solar lighting, and are completing our high efficiency, electric brewing system. In addition, I have been adding rustic, carpentry touches to the brewery using reclaimed wood from the early 1900’s.

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Spring Update

We have made great progress in the last few months as we have been building the brewery and navigating legal mazes and obstacles. Suffice to say, Los Angeles is one of the hardest places to open a brewery in the nation. This is evident in the disproportionately low number of breweries in the city. But fear not, as our determination has redoubled and we look forward to opening in a few short months.

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Sourcing (Super) Local Hops and Planting for the Future!

Dry River Brewing is thrilled to announce a collaboration with **Mott Street Urban Farm**, to grow hops in our “back yard” here in Boyle Heights. Farm coordinator Richard Tom grows hops, vegetables, fruits and herbs in a pilot urban gardening project, which supplies the community and assists non-profit organizations like the **Downtown Women’s Center**.

This year, we are planting several more Hop plant varieties like Fuggle, Santium, Newport, and Mt. Hood. We will be using these Hops in our 2015 Barley Wine and Wet Hop IPA beers. The Hops will be planted in an organic soil mix, including composted spent barley from our brewing process. 

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Major progress!

As you may or may not know, opening a brewery is a complex puzzle of politics, finance, engineering, hard work, and patience (all of which are intensified in LA).  We have come a long way since we started this project, and I am happy to report things are moving forward.

I have officially moved to LA and have given up all my other projects and consulting to focus on this amazing project.  After nine months in Alaska, it is great to feel the warmth of the sun and eat amazing tacos for every meal.

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Green Brewery Design

We are custom designing our system to utilize gravity, solar energy, and mechanical energy to brew beer in the most efficient manner possible. This system has features of old world breweries before electricity as well as space age steam generaters.  The aim of the design is also to minimize the number of vessels, pipes, pumps, and redundant peices found in contemporary breweries.  The dynamic, integrated design allows for high efficiencies in heat and malt extraction, also shortens process length and overall energy consumption. 

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Naga Reshi joins Dry River Brewing!

Dry River Brewing is proud to announce the addition of Naga Reshi to the Dry River Brewing crew.  His passion for brewing cutting edge beers and contributing to the development of the Sustainability movement within the craft brewing industry is second to none, and his enthusiasm and friendly personality make him a great guy to sit down and have a beer with. Over the last 20 years, Naga has worked and traveled around the world where he has worked as a chef, producer, carpenter, painter, and brewer. 

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