Meet our Operations and Sales Manager, Ethan Lennox through a few quick questions about beer, Tahoe, and everything in between.
Introducing the next interviewee in SLBC's Q&A sessions, Nicole Smith, our co-founder and taproom manager.
Meet SLBC's Co-Founder and Brew Master, Christopher Smith, through this quick Q&A session.
South Lake Brewing Company answers the BIG food question that you all have been asking.
South Lake Brewing Company's first brew day! We brewed our Marlette Blonde - an easy drinking light ale with notes of honey and citrus. We waited for almost 5 years to brew our first professional craft beer and the day finally arrived! Read this blog post for a quick summary of the brewing process and to view pictures of the day.
South Lake Brewing Company is looking to partner with local livestock farmers in order to "recycle" their spent grain and increase sustainability within their brewing process.
Today was an incredible day! We had a painting party at the brewery with the Tahoe Craft Beer Meetup community. As many as 20 people showed up throughout the afternoon to help us paint all the recently framed and drywalled walls. We are so so so very thankful for everyone that volunteered their time today!!!!! We could not say "Thank You" enough and are extremely grateful for our community and friends!
Here are a bunch of pictures of the painting party:
The Tahoe Daily Tribune just published a wonderful follow-up article about our progress. Read it here. We cannot wait to open next month!!
Remember to "Rep the Bear" by purchasing our merchandise available through this website. Also, if you are a local - consider joining The Bär Society. Your membership is good for a whole year (starts opening day) and you will get 15% off every time you visit the brewery!
Stay tuned for more exciting updates... like our first brew day perhaps?
Last Friday, our brewhouse was delivered. The brewhouse is a 2-vessel, 10 barrel stainless steel beast that costs a pretty penny. If the brewhouse is dropped or scratched there goes $50K easily. Stressed yet? Yeah, so were we.
Luckily, Chris is a man of many talents. He's an engineer by trade, a brewer by passion, and a natural problem-solver. He took a forklift training class a few months ago and let's just say we are so very thankful he did.
With the morale support and direction of family, friends, and Ethan (our operations manager) - Chris was able to unload the brewhouse and other pieces of expensive equipment out of a huge 18-wheeler in the middle of a snowstorm. Once everything was unloaded, he carefully moved everything into the brewery.
By far the most stressful part of the day was having to remove some hardware from the mash tun so it could fit through our dock door. Even with the hardware removed, the mash tun was 7' 10" tall and the dock door was only 7' 11" tall! It was definitely a tight fit.
Chris and team saved the day and successfully moved all equipment into the brewery in less than 24 hours! Now with that problem solved it's time to move onto more construction... more posts to come shortly in the next few weeks!
Photos kindly provided by @cjvarela of Divided Line Media
In South Lake Tahoe, we have already experienced the emergence of community around craft beer. Just last Thursday, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the local craft beer meetup group. Over 150 people drank beer together to raise $2,400 for a local non-profit. It was an amazing night of new and old friends. An amazing night of love for craft beer. An amazing night of community.
Starting South Lake Brewing Company and the desire to create a community go hand-in-hand. A group of friends or even strangers coming together over shared passions is a beautiful thing.
However, creating a community is not an easy thing to do. It takes time, patience, and passion. We are starting The Bär Society as a catalyst to create a community. A community around a shared passion of craft beer and so much more in our small mountain town.
The Bär Society is not just a growler club. It’s the first group of passionate advocates for South Lake Brewing Company. When you purchase an annual membership – you are not just purchasing a high-quality growler with a few other perks – you are helping start our brewery. The Bär Society members will be pioneers for craft beer in South Lake Tahoe.
1-year memberships for The Bär Society are now available for pre-order through our online store. As one of 125 members, you will receive a customized MiiR growler, an invitation to our exclusive The Bär Society party, discounts at the brewery, and much more.
We cannot wait to create The Bär Society and share our passions for Tahoe, craft beer, and SLBC with all of you! Cheers to the crafting of a community!
Update to our Blog Post on 11/13/16 - The Winning growler club name is the Bär Society! thank you to everyone who participated in our contest!
CALLING ALL SOUTH LAKE BREWING COMPANY FANS!
WE NEED YOUR HELP DETERMINING A NAME FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE GROWLER CLUB.
STARTING LATE NOVEMBER, WE WILL BE SELLING MEMBERSHIPS FOR A YEAR-LONG GROWLER CLUB. GROWLER CLUB MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL HIGH-QUALITY INSULATED MIIR GROWLER, DISCOUNTS OFF MERCHANDISE AND BEER AT THE BREWERY, AND MANY MORE PERKS! MORE DETAILS ON THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO COME IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS.
HOWEVER, WE CAN’T TRULY HAVE A GROWLER CLUB UNLESS IT HAS A COOL NAME! THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. SUGGEST A NAME FOR THE CLUB VIA FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, OR FILL OUT OUR CONTACT FORM HERE BETWEEN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2016 UNTIL SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH, 2016. IF WE PICK YOUR SUGGESTED NAME FOR THE GROWLER CLUB – YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR THE CLUB (A $125 VALUE)!
ANY PERSON 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES.
PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST BY SUGGESTING A NAME FOR OUR GROWLER CLUB ON ANY OF THE FORUMS NOTED ABOVE.
UNLIMITED NAME SUBMISSIONS ARE ALLOWED STARTING 11/13/16 UNTIL 11:59PM ON 11/20/16.
PLEASE NO PROFANITY. KEEP IT APPROPRIATE EVERYONE!
THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE WINNER OF THE NAME CONTEST. FIRST PERSON TO SUGGEST THE SPECIFIC WINNING CLUB NAME (SPELLING COUNTS) IS THE PERSON WHO WINS THE FREE MEMBERSHIP.
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND THIS BLOG ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST.
WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED WITH DETAILS ON HOW TO RECEIVE THE MEMBERSHIP. MAKE SURE TO EMAIL US AT SOUTHLAKEBREWING@GMAIL.COM OR PRIVATE MESSAGE US ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE 21ST.