Brewhouse Commissioning: This bus keeps rolling

Brewhouse Commissioning: This bus keeps rolling

Yesterday we grabbed hold of some giant scissors and cut the ribbon on our 120-barrel BrauKon brewhouse. We've been cooking up brews for a couple of weeks now, but the ceremonial commissioning marks the completion of our brand new space. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, along with a few key cabinet members, dropped by to commemorate the event with us as we enter the 25th year of our cosmic journey. 

Gov. Shumlin highlighted our role in the Vermont craft brewing landscape when he reflected on the early days of OCB: 

“Let’s not forget,” Gov. Shumlin said, “When Otter Creek was founded 25 years ago, it was a pretty radical idea that anyone would buy beer from anybody but the big manufacturers.”

“I don’t think it was in the eye of [Founder Lawrence Miller] to be standing here 25 years later, with 200 employees who have innovated, worked hard, bled blood, sweat and tears and created one of the best microbreweries in the country,” he added. 

Honored and humbled by the Governor's words, we're poised to keep cranking out the tasty brews on our German-engineered, state-of-the-art system.

Twenty-five years in the making, this brewhouse symbolizes a rebirth for Otter Creek. According to Brewmaster Mike, the party is just getting started. 

“[For the past couple of years] we’ve been reinventing the brewery; reinventing classical styles with our own take; reinventing who we are as brewers, as a company and where we position ourselves,” he said. 

"We've put ourselves in the position to have some fun with beers we create," he added. 

So what's next for OCB? Our brand new 25th Anniversary Double India Pale Lager hits distribution next week, and should be available by mid-August (spoiler alert: it's a party). After that? Well, we've got some tasty tricks up our sleeves so tune-in, turn-on and keep your eyes peeled as we keep this trip rolling.