Increased Capacity Facilitates Tempter IPA Bottling in September
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Brewing Company is quickly expanding. The young brewing company, founded in 2011, beefed up production capacity Tuesday by installing three new large tanks to meet growing demand for TBC’s beer across the state.
“This wasn’t easy,” said Chris Fish, TBC partner and head brewer. “Getting these new tanks installed was a serious chore, because one of them is more than three times bigger than the largest vessel we currently have now.”
The installation required the removal of a large portion of TBC’s front wall to accommodate the massive tanks, and using a forklift to maneuver the equipment into the brewery. Workers labored for hours to inch the tanks into their designated areas.
Fish is certain the effort is justified; sales of TBC beer have spiked since the company began shipping to multiple locations in Denver, and the brewery has struggled to keep up with soaring demand. Once TBC fixes the supply shortage, the brewery will begin distributing to other parts of the state.
With increased capacity and greater sales, the brewery will also start bottling beers that are currently available only on tap, “The Tempter [IPA] will be the first tap beer we’ll be bottling,” Fish said. The Temper IPA will be available on shelves in time for the Telluride Blues and Brews festival, a three-day festival in early September celebrating live music and craft beer.
As business in Telluride comes to a crawl during the autumn off-season, the lull period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, TBC will be busy; the brewery will celebrate its two-year anniversary on October 13as it attends the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. TBC will be competing for first place among hundreds of domestic craft brewers.
“We’ll be competing and we’re looking forward to that, but we’re most excited about celebrating our big day and seeing the Broncos smash the Jaguars,” said Fish.
TBC’s popular Face-Down Brown won gold at the 2012 Great American Beer and the 2012 World Beer Cup, both for “American-style brown ale.”
TBC is one of many breweries in the United States that caters to the nation’s growing appetite for small-batch micro beers. While this market reflects only ten percent of all beers sales in America, this category is rapidly growing as more Americans widen their palates for quality brews. TBC, with its unique brand and diverse brews, is capitalizing on what many refer to as the Renaissance of American Craft Beer.
The TBC brewery is open for tastings Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
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