Catching Up With Oakshire Brewing
We just caught up with Matt from Oakshire Brewing to ask a few questions. Topics of discussion include growth, expansion, this years Hellshire and more. Cheers!
How did Oakshire do in 2012 compared to 2011?
We sold 6500 barrels last year. Up from 4800 (I believe) in 2011. we are on pace to make 9200 barrels this year.
Any new markets to expand to in 2013?
Not currently. We sell beer in Oregon, WA,AK,northern Idaho. We sell a little beer in Vermont.
Any more progress with your canning operation that you can share?
We are currently canning Watershed IPA. 1% of all sales of Watershed IPA are donated back to local watershed protection groups as part of our 1% for Watersheds program. We will be adding more brands into cans in the near future.
We brewed in Seattle recently with Elliot Bay for their anniversary, but nothing in the works yet this year.
Any bottled sours?
We just release Frederic C. Noir, but it was a very small run. one wine barrel produced about 20 cases. It will be featured at SAVOR. It is a pinot barrel aged farmhouse ale with green oolong tea and Brett C.
Details on the next Hellshire?
Hellshire will now be released every pPresidents day weekend in conjunction with Zwicklemania. It’s too early to know what will blossom out of the barrels for next year.
Any changes to existing labels?
We are working on changing bottle labels to match our recently released cans.
Any additions to core lineup?
No additions to the core lineup yet, but we are experimenting to be able to decide on a fourth year round beer.
On the production side of things, we have been focused on the cans and also our new Centrifuge which we installed last week. We might be the smallest brewery with a GEA-Westfalia centrifuge, but we’re loving it.
On the retail side, we are moving our tasting room across town to the Whiteaker neighborhood. This will allow us to be open every day and welcome more people into the Oakshire exsperience. It will also allow our brewers to produce more beer out of our production facility. Look for that to open in the next couple of weeks and be open M-F 11am-10PM. Food carts will be on site to provide food for the new Oakshire Public House.