Penn Brewery Fires up New Small Batch Brewing System

30 March 2017

imageFrom Penn Brewery:

We are over the moon about the installation of our new five-barrel pilot brewing system!  With this new brewhouse, our brewers will be producing a whole slew of new specialty draft beers.  The beauty of a small batch system is that it allows our brewers to “play” – just get creative and try new recipes.  Since these are limited-quantity beers, they’ll only be available at Penn Brewery and a small handful of other bars and restaurants. We start brewing in March!

Here’s some Q&A about our new brewing system with Nick Rosich, our head brewer:

Q. What is the production capacity of the new system? 

A. Depending on the style of beers and the sales numbers, approximately 150 bbls/yr is a good estimate.

Q. How frequently will we brew with the system? 

A. Depending on the styles of beer, approximately 3 brews/month.

Q. What kinds of beer will be brewed?  What special varieties can we look forward to? 

A. Delicious ones!  Out of the gates we are looking at a high ABV Scottish ale (wee heavy) and a few different takes on a session IPA to fine tune it pre-production.  

Q. What are the benefits of brewing on a smaller system?  Are there things you can make with the smaller system you can't on the large-scale system?

A.  More creative and unique styles that may not sell at the rate, let's say, Penn Pilsner or Penn IPA does.  99.9% of the time the fresher the beer the better the beer.  We can also fire it up for special restaurant events and make 5/2 kegs instead of 95/2 kegs. 

Q. What else do you want to say about the system? 

A. We're all really excited for some of the creative opportunities and outlets that a scratch system will open for us, such as allowing the brewing staff to produce new, different, and unique styles.   There is a Pro-Am series of beers in planning with a few local Pittsburgh area home brewers and some collaborations with existing breweries we have been wanting to do for a while.----

The first brew from the system, a wee heavy Scottish ale, will be ready in April. (And if you sign up for the Penn Mug Club, you’ll get first crack at it!)  We can’t wait!

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