Beercation - PA Winter 2015

Here's a little taste of our recent brewery visit to the outer philly area. We enjoyed Free Will brewing at a recent festival and decided it was time to drop in and say hi. We managed to make there JUST in time to join a tour of the brewery. Sadly, it was a person who doesn't typically give tours, but the operation was really interesting to see. Lots of low ceiling basements. Interesting to see what someone can do when they have to make stuff work when conditions aren't optimal. They are moving the brewhouse upstairs shortly and it will be interesting to pay a visit in a year and see how it's changed.

Then, we found that Round Guys brewing was also nearby. I had heard the interview with Scott the brewmaster on the Brewing Network Sunday Session a few years ago and had always had them on my wish list of places to visit. That was an fun place and plan to make it back there to sample other stuff I wasn't able to fit in.... such as their mead menu. Cool stuff. Neat place. Go visit them!

 

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Taproom

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Future Brewhouse

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Good looking beer. 

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New tanks... all with person names. 

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Aging beer... including some of the "300gal Intermediate Bulk Containers" 

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Low ceiling fermenters

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Unique fermenter...no conical. Lots of lost beer with this design. But you do what you have to. 

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Brew system

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Brew Kettle.

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Big fodor and barrels

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"high tech bottling line" [sarcasm] - They are anxious to upgrade this too.