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.
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.
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.