Taking Shape

The VBC taproom on 11-22-17
The brewery as of 11-22-17

The building is really taking shape now that the roof is sealed and and floors are poured. The contractor framed up the bathrooms and lab as well. Everything is looking awesome and most of the hiccups have been easy to resolve. We will have more updates soon!

Fresh Hop Aftermath

Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Fest 2017

Oh man, we love Fresh Hop Ale Fest but we can finally relax now that it’s over for this year. The turnout was amazing, and if you had a chance to try any of our beers, we appreciate it! More than any previous year, there was an incredible selection of GOOD FRESH HOP BEER.

Our friends at Cloudburst and Bale Breaker were rewarded for their efforts with wins in the Pale and Imperial IPA categories, with both of those beers being densely hopped beasts.

With something like 54 breweries this year, we were humbled to make it into the final 12 breweries in judging. Along with Bale Breaker and Bron Yr Aur, it was impressive to see 3 local breweries side-by-side in the final round of judging. We hope to see more local breweries push the fresh hop envelope and earn recognition in the future!!

There’s not much Wet Bandits or Lucky Sucker left out there, and between all of the fans and a faulty pressure fitting, we are out of the Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA that Chris brewed. That was a really great beer so we may revisit the recipe for a non-fresh hop variation.

We ran out of time and people to set up merch sales for the festival, but we are working to get the web store up and running so you can order shirts and hats online until the taproom is open. We’ll give you a heads-up when that happens.

Cheers!

-VBC

Lucky Sucker Fresh hop DIPA release at BaleBreaker!

Wednesday, September 27th we’re releasing Lucky Sucker, the fresh hop DIPA at BaleBreaker Brewing Company! BaleBreaker will also be releasing a couple of other awesome fresh hop collaboration beers along with Lucky Sucker, so it’ll be quite an interesting lineup. Cheers!

Petite Bèret Saison

Crafted tapped our Petite Bèret saison for dinner this evening. At 6.4% it’s surprisingly dry and smooth with a fruity, refreshing flavor and a surprisingly rich body.

This is the fresh version of the saison we are using as a base in some of the wine barrels, so if you’re curious what the clean beer tastes like, it’s a good chance to try it.

Concrete coming up!

Demolition on the floor of our future home has cranked up now that bidding has closed with the contractors. Winter will be here before we know it so they are prioritizing the areas that need to be done while the weather is good. It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally seeing the groundbreaking on this project!

While the weather is still hot, our WeedWolf: Jugo Supremo is being dropped off! The second WeedWolf DIPA series is a slick juice monster. It should be on draft at Sports Center in Yakima soon. We will let you know on Facebook when these kegs get tapped! Cheers!

Yakima Blues & Brews Bash + whats on draft

We had a great time at Yakima Blues & Local Brews Bash last weekend. Our visitors kicked both kegs of Ghost Neck SIPA and four kegs of lager, which we randallized through limes for a refreshing shandy. Thanks to everyone who tried our beer and gave us their feedback! We appreciate it and we use your feedback when we create new beer recipes.

Today (August 22nd, 2017) our Wonderboy pale ale is on draft at The Beer Shoppe in Yakima. Wonderboy is a very light body pale with a light and refreshing tropical hop flavor thanks to YCHHop’s Falconer’s Flight 7C’s blend. It’s very refreshing for what is shaping up to be a warm day in the valley.

This week we are going to be delivering kegs of Trapped in Amber, our hoppy amber ale, to Crafted Gastropub and Mickey’s Pub (located inside the Orion Cinema) in Yakima. We don’t know when they’ll be tapped, but look for them to be available soon.

Cheers!

What’s up with Varietal?

We are very happy to finally get our website beyond the landing page stage! It’s about time, right?

To catch everyone up, we are currently fully licensed to brew and distribute our beer in Washington, with our focus on providing the area between Roslyn and Pasco with fresh and interesting beer. While we currently operate on a small pilot system, our 10 BBL production system will be installed in early 2018 to allow us to scale up to produce enough for the region & our taproom.

Based on our first keg sales, it seems like we have a lot of fans already! Our first three kegs dropped in Yakima and kicked really quickly. If you tried these beers we hope you enjoyed them! Let us know what you thought.

We have a couple more kegs dropping in the Tri-Cities shortly, and we look forward to visiting our friends in Roslyn soon as well.

With these early batches, we aren’t pushing the limits too hard, and we appreciate the honest feedback. Chris is working to ramp up the system, closing gaps and improving quality, so expect some incremental improvements prior to the full scale system getting installed.

We’ll have some more info about upcoming events soon and you can follow what’s going on with the pilot beer on Facebook and Instagram.