On the evening of March 20, members and friends of SWE-ECI gathered at Backpocket Brewing to tour the facility. Backpocket's brewmaster guided the group through the process as he explained the different inputs and steps required to make a refreshing pint of beer.
We toured their grain room, where grain is delivered for batching. Many beers are barley based, though many different grains can be used. Our guide explained that the first step in beer-making is extracting the sugar from barley (creating barley malt). The malt provides an environment for the yeast to grow and multiply – fermentation! Hops are also added for additional flavor. Different kinds of beers are made by mixing up the ingredients – either different yeasts or malts, or more or less hops. For example, roasted barley is the base of darker beers. Lots of hops are added to the bitter IPA.
Large storage tanks line an aisle where the beer sits until mature, then it’s bottled (or put in kegs).
After the tour, the group enjoyed wood-fired pizza and some of Backpocket’s own brews while netowrking with one another! Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the event!