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2546A Sam Bond's Brewing, Owners,

April 9, 2015…The four owners at the Grand Opening. l to r…Jim, Bart, Mark, and Todd.

52 MBS Truck + cab, 3-21-16

The bottling truck is here…

8 Filbert Brown label, sharp, 3-21-16

Filbert Brown Ale is the first batch to be bottled.

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The bottler starts pulsing CO2

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Filbert Brown Ale…One of Jim’s first big winners. Jim talks about it on the video.

51 Crankshaft IPA label, 3-21-16

Crankshaft, IPA…dry hops with Citra and El Dorado and balanced with rye malt.

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Crankshaft IPA bottles get labeled

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Owners and crew celebrate their first pallet of bottled beer.


.The very beginning…

This Teenager is Fighting Climate Change by Suing the Government

At about 12 minutes into the video, you can see that Sam Bond’s Brewing played a role by providing a gathering place for the kids fighting climate change.

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After working on this project for about a year and a half,  scouting out equipment that could be bought cheaply, getting the permits and inspections satisfied…everything has come down to this day…the first batch of beer.

Half empty or half full?

Half empty or half full?  It doesn’t matter…it looks good and tastes good.

What goes into a bottle of beer?   According to Wikipedia, “the basic ingredients  of beer are water; a starch source, such as malted barley, able to be saccharified (converted to sugars) then fermented (converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide); a brewer’s yeast to produce the fermentation; and a flavouring such as hops.”

Jim, my son-in-law was hired to consult on a small brewery in a nearby town.  I was never the chemistry type, but I was curious what kind of equipment was needed to brew beer.  He gave us a tour of the plant.

Since funding was an issue, some of the equipment was used.  The grain mill was one of those.  It didn’t have a drive motor.  Jim was wondering how to get a motor.  Puzzling over the problem he happened to notice the old crane that was still there from the time when the building housed a foundry.  He thought he saw an electric motor that might work.  He called Brian, his brother-in-law who helped him remove the motor and get it cleaned up for mounting on the mill.

Old crane that was used when the building housed a foundry.

Crane that was used when the building housed a foundry.

Old motor gets a new purpose in life.

Old motor gets a new purpose in life.

Moving the wort

Moving the wort to the kettle

Sampling the ale that as yet must be named.

Sampling the ale that as yet must be named.

How did the first batch of beer turn out?  A resounding success.  It was kegged and delivered to enthusiastic customers.

Jim shows us the brewery.

The first Bottling Day

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