News Archives: 2014 March

This Saturday: FirkFest

Mar 19
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Los Angeles Ale Works’ Kip Barnes (left) with Greg Nagel, picking tea at Bird Pick Tea & Herb for the brewery’s casks. Photo by Tap & Cheer Events (facebook.com/tapandcheer)

Kudos to The Full Pint, who put together the full list of cask beers available at this Saturday’s Firkfest (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Farmers Park) in Anaheim, hosted by Greg Nagel @ OCBeerBlog.

The event, which benefits Inspire Artistic Minds, features unlimited four-ounce pours from 30 Southern California breweries in take-home 10-ounce British pub nonic glasses for $52.74 at firkfest.com. Several food vendors from the Anaheim Packing District will also be on hand.

Breweries scheduled include Bottle Logic, The Bruery, Anaheim Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Phantom Ales, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Tustin, Valiant, Pizza Port San Clemente (from OC); Firestone Walker, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Smog City, Eagle Rock, LA Ale Works, Haven, Golden Road, El Segundo, Monkish, Bravery, Strand, Figueroa Mountain, The Dudes (LA/Cen Coast), Belching Beaver, Saint Archer, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ballast Point, Dale Bros, and Coachella Valley (SD/IE).

If you’re a fan of cask ale, you won’t want to miss this festival!

Enegren: Expanding

Mar 3

Moorpark’s Enegren Brewing Co. is moving along with expansion plans that will see them jump from a 3-barrel brewery to one capable of producing 15 barrels — around 30 kegs — per batch. Enegren has been in operation since July 2011 and expects the new 7,000 sq ft space buildout to take 9-12 months once construction starts. In a residential community where homebrewing is a popular pastime and access to craft beer is minimal, the growth of a small brewery where locals regularly stop in for growlers is an exciting development.

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Courtesy Enegren Brewing

On February 25 the brewery held their Conditional Use Permit hearing, which was open to the public in their business park tasting room just off Route 118. “The hearing couldn’t have gone any better.  I’m glad we’re passed that,” Chris Enegren said in an email. Chris — one of two Enegren brothers — works part-time at Escondido-based brewhouse manufacturer Premier Stainless, and he’s designing the new system himself; one cool feature is that the team can control the brewery will their smartphones.

The expansion will include three 30-barrel fermentation tanks, in addition to the three 3-barrel and six 7-barrel vessels now in use. Once capacity is reached, Enegren will order 60-barrel tanks, all with the goal of meeting demand in Ventura County and strengthening ties in LA. The company produced around 475 barrels in 2013, and estimates 550 in 2014.

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Courtesy Enegren Brewing

The 100-person capacity tasting room will be situated against rollup doors, opening the feel of the room while easing access to food trucks. The space will sit directly beside brewery operations and the barrel program, which is also set to increase.

Right now you can sample barrel-aged Helga (8.9%), a Belgian tripel aged in oak for 2.5 months, on tap at the brewery at 680 Flinn Ave #31 in Moorpark. The company recently bottled Batch 100, a Belgian dark strong ale aged in bourbon barrels, which will go on sale the first week of March.