Platinum Medal and Two Golds at World Beer Championships

And we've moved back into the super stoked category of existence. Fresh off the Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal for our 15th Anniversary Ale, we recently learned of a couple of other awards at the World Championship of Beer in Chicago that were enough to make the team's collective day.

First of all, these guys can write. Here's what they had to say:

2015 Big Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine: Platinum Medal. 97 points. "Cloudy color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, caramelized nuts and yams, sweet and peppery spices and mint, and gingerbread pudding with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity body and a warming, very long vanilla custard, caramel frosted fruit cake, whisky soaked nuts, and pepper finish. A big, broad-shouldered bourbon-barrel behemoth of a beer."

15th Anniversary Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale: Gold Medal. 95 points. "Brown color. Attractive, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramel fudge, and latte with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long coconut custard, vanilla, and pepper finish. A lush, chewy, chocolatey bourbon-barrel aged stout in the classic BCS style.

2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Jubilee Scotch Ale: Gold Medal. 91 points. "Dark cloudy walnut color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate mousse, roasted nuts, and dark caramelized fruits with a chewy, bright, petillant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long rum raisin cake, figs, and pepper finish. A decadent, boozy bourbon-barrel aged treat."

We may have a few of these gems in our cooler. Only one way to make sure: see you soon if not sooner.

We're Hiring: Assistant Brewer

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a full time Assistant Brewer in our beach side brewery. The ideal candidate will have formal brewing experience, relevant work within a production brewery, and outstanding communication and problem solving skills in addition to a keen eye for detail and working well with others. We're now in our 15th year, continued expansion, and this year is looking like another exciting one.

Chief duties include:
-Assisting in all aspects of brewing, from staging grain, setting up hoses and valves, mash-in, rake-out, break down, and clean up. 
- Wort production.
-Raw material management.
-CIP of fermenters, brewhouse, and brite tanks.
-Filtering with plate and frame 40 x 40.
-Labelling, bottling, kegging, canning, and assisting with all other packaging.
-Maintaining clean and orderly work environment.

Additional duties include:
-Maintaining jockey boxes and taps for outside use.
-Cleaning in house draft lines.
-Keg cleaning.
-Maintaining keg fleet.
-Preventative maintenance and upkeep up tanks, pumps, compressors, and other machinery.
-Participate in critical assessment of beers, and aiding in developing recipes for occasional or seasonal beers.

The Assistant brewer will put a premium on working safely, have knowledge of safe handling practices for all brewing chemicals. The nature of the work is manual involving lifting of 5 and 15.5-gallon kegs (165 lbs.) and requires safe operational knowledge of both fork lift and pallet jack.

Important Skills and Abilities:

-Formal brewing experience
-Positive outlook and attitude.
-Ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards.
-Strong mechanical aptitude.
-Ability to multitask.
-Ability to work with other departments and work in a diverse team environment.
-Work occasional offshifts, weekends, and holidays.

Qualified Candidates will possess the following:

-Enjoy physically demanding work environment.

-Self motivation.

-Outgoing personality.

-Hard working mentality.

-Strict attention to detail.

-Strong knowledge of the brewing process.

-Ability to understand and follow SOPs.

-Working to high quality standards without direct supervision.

-Ability to lift 55 lbs to shoulder height repeatedly.

-Ability to maneuver beer kegs (165 lbs).

Benefits include:

-Hourly compensation.

-Paid holidays/vacation.

-Monthly beer stipend.

-Employee discounts on beer and merchandise.

Please send all resumes to Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com

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15th Anniversary Ale Earns Bronze at Great American Beer Festival Medal!

15th Anniversary Ale Earns Bronze at Great American Beer Festival Medal!

Island Brewing Company Wins Coveted Brewing Honor in Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

 Island Brewing Company earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, the GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were announced October 8 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.  

Sales Manager Javier Morales, founder of the Association of Brewers Charlie Papazian, and Head Brewer Ryan Morrill in GABF glory.

Sales Manager Javier Morales, founder of the Association of Brewers Charlie Papazian, and Head Brewer Ryan Morrill in GABF glory.

It’s a great honor to be recognized at this level of competition,” said Ryan Morrill, Head Brewer at Island Brewing Company. “Our category was the 5th largest overall with 159 entries. We strove to make a special beer for our 15th Anniversary and succeeded.”

Island Brewing Company was recognized in the Wood and Barrel Aged beer-style category for its 15th Anniversary Ale, a barrel-aged Strong Scotch ale with big, rich, malts and caramel forward flavors that were aged in oak Bourbon barrels for three months. The end result was a complex beer with a smooth flavor and 9.2%, 34 IBUs.

The 2016 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 264 expert judges from the record number of 7,227 entries, plus 88 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,752 U.S. breweries.

“The innovation, creativity and flavor of American beers was well showcased at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This was the most competitive competition to date, with a record number of entries. Congratulations to all the winners who truly demonstrated the best of America’s beer culture.”

 

Whole lotta things going on

There are a whole lot of things going on here at Island Brewing Company and we’re going to make a vain attempt to distill all the awesomeness into words, so here we go.

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First of all, it’s a race like no other race. We would be speaking of the race to finish our women’s room before the splendor, glory, and mayhem that is Carpinteria’s Avocado Festival, Oct 7, 8 , 9. Thanks to Ken Lundin construction, as of this writing, we’re on track to have all our bathrooms open by then. Keep your fingers crossed!

 

In the super duper stoked category, we are pleased beyond pleased to announce that in a few short weeks Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner will be carrying our 22 oz. Hopliner IPA bottles. This American IPA is powered by twin engines of El Dorado and Azacca hops and is certain to make the next time you’re on board the Surfliner, a very pleasant one. 6.0% abv and 50 IBUs.

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And we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves here, as they won’t be showing up for another month or so, but here's a semi-sneak preview our new tap handles will be going up around the greater Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai, and beyond areas early/mid November. So start training your eyes to recognize this piece of utilitarian beauty soon.

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And finally. Yes, finally. Cans. We know we’ve talked and planned for cans, and then a few extra irons went into the fire and a few more irons went on top of that. But as we emerge from our brewery expansion, we’re on track for getting on Tropical Lager and Hopliner in cans, well, we know now not to make any predictions, but by sooner than ever. A crack crew will head to Fairfield, CA this week where 150,000 cans will be printed up and shortly make their way back to the brewery. From there we open up the crate holding the canning machine and start the process of getting our beer into 12 oz. cans. Hallelujah.

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Finally, you can always keep abreast of what is happening now, like right now, over on our the Calendar at our website.

 

That’s about the state of the nation at the moment. Stay tuned and see you soon if not sooner.

 

 

New Beers at Island Brewing Company

New Beers at Island Brewing Company

Summer is on the verge of slipping through our fingers. It's been a blur of brewing and bottling, pouring pints and imperial pints and more pints, smiles, laughs, festivals and more festivals, and of construction projects in the eternally ongoing expansion. We got to thinking that the Avocado Festival is a mere six (6!) weeks away. There's no time to reminisce. What's coming down the pike?

First off, have you had the Islandfest, our Marzen Lager currently on tap? There is a lot to like. Amber colored maltiness in a lager body. 5.4% 20 IBUs. No? You should. Pronto.

Batch 1000, the Triple IPA is doing its thing in a fermenter in all its unapologetic 9.6% ABV 126.5 IBU glory. Dryhopping begins tomorrow. Look for this behemoth to come on line soon when the stars align appropriately, if not sooner. Think mid-September.

Our Belgian Golden Strong will also be appearing in the near future, and tomorrow we'll brew our Avocado Honey IPA, or Avo IPA so it will be ready for the Avocado Festival. Mosaic and Simcoe hops balance avocado honey for a light body, fruit forward IPA. How delicious? So delicious, it won't last for long.

Summer is on the verge of slipping through our fingers. It's been a blur of brewing and bottling, pouring pints and imperial pints and more pints, smiles, laughs, festivals and more festivals, and of construction projects in the eternally ongoing expansion. We got to thinking that the Avocado Festival is a mere six (6!) weeks away. There's no time to reminisce. What's coming down the pike?

First off, have you had the Islandfest, our Marzen Lager currently on tap? There is a lot to like. Amber colored maltiness in a lager body. 5.4% 20 IBUs. No? You should. Pronto.

Batch 1000, the Triple IPA is doing its thing in a fermenter in all its unapologetic 9.6% ABV 126.5 IBU glory. Dryhopping begins tomorrow. Look for this behemoth to come on line soon when the stars align appropriately, if not sooner. Think mid-September.

Our Belgian Golden Strong will also be appearing in the near future, and tomorrow we'll brew our Avocado Honey IPA, or Avo IPA so it will be ready for the Avocado Festival. Mosaic and Simcoe hops balance avocado honey for a light body, fruit forward IPA. How delicious? So delicious, it won't last for long.

Finally, it's a busy month coming up. Check out the calendar section. We’ve got music from Rick Reeves, Eric Zobel, Big Tweed, Dry and Dusty, Jamey Geston, Finian’s Call, and on Sept. 17th, The Youngsters. Foodwise it’s a month of Si Senor Tacos, Fire and Wine Wood Fired Pizzas, Santa Barbara Food Connection, and LA Grub. And every Tuesday it’s the brain trust that is Tuesday Trivia. Now you know!

 

Island Brewing Company Seeks Beertender

It's been a busy, thrist without end, kind of summer. And we're looking for a few capable hands flying the mothership!

It's been a busy, thrist without end, kind of summer. And we're looking for a few capable hands flying the mothership!

Whew! It's been quite a summer. You people are thirsty! We're looking for a beertender!

Island Brewing Company has been brewing award winning craft beer in Carpinteria since 2001. We are seeking an uncanny combination of enthusiasm, beer-savviness, and stratospheric customer service in our tasting room for a bartender position. The candidate will come pre-wired with a sense of humor and a passion for craft beer.

Responsibilities include:
-Treating customers with utmost courtesy and care.
-Setting up tasting room and patio for the day
-Maintaining neat, orderly, and clean work and customer environment
-Stocking kegs, bottles, growlers, and merchandise
-Daily heavy lifting of 5-gallon (50lb) and 15.5-gallon (150 lbs)
-Learning and operating POS system
-Accurate cash and credit card transactions
-Being intimately familiar with Island Brewing Company beers and company history.
-Knowledge of the brewing process
-Cleaning tasting room, restrooms, and patio at the end of the night
-Grace under pressure; problem solving and thinking on your feet.
-Running cash register reports and daily reconciliation.
The ideal candidate has an understanding of craft beer culture, history and its current trajectory. We're looking for someone who has previous bartending experience and a positive professional attitude that can work as a team player. Nights, weekends, and some holidays may be required as work load and staffing dictate. Most of our current bar staff are Cicerone certified; a preference will be given to the candidate possessing this credential. 
Email Laurie@islandbrewingcompnay.com

In which we launch our new website

In which we launch our new website

Welcome! We've finally got our new site up and running. We'll be posting all sorts of up and coming things about the brewery here, everything from job openings to upcoming events, new beer releases and any and everything that falls in between. Glad you're here and stay tuned!