February 26th, 2014
We are excited to announce that for the first time Independence Brewing will be packaging our popular White Rabbit White Ale in cans. Previously only available seasonally on draught, the Belgian-style white ale is delicately spiced with orange zest, coriander, and peppercorns, bringing out a uniquely refreshing yet robust flavor.
The whimsical can design hints at Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland twisted with the free-your-mind psychedelic rock of Jefferson Airplane (look closely for the “drink me” potion playfully referenced). Currently available in a six-pack format, White Rabbit cans can be found on shelves at select retailers including Specs, Central Market, Whole Foods, and HEB stores in Austin, Houston, College Station and San Antonio.
Timed with the arrival of spring and rising temperatures, the drinkable white ale is medium-bodied with a slightly fruity, refreshing tang and a clean, zesty finish. Earlier iterations of the brew paved way for Head Brewer Brandon Radicke’s recipe, with the first official White Rabbit batch brewed in May 2013. Inspired by traditional Belgian witbiers, Radicke used classic Belgian wit yeast to bring out subtle fruity esthers.
“We selected one of our favorite beer releases of last year, White Rabbit for our first can launch because of its innate drinkability and popularity,” states Independence co-founder Amy Cartwright. “Ideally portable for outdoor activities from tailgating to tubing, the new can design will allow locals and visitors to enjoy our beer anytime and anywhere.”
Help us celebrate the new can launch! Post your photos of the White Rabbit cans to Twitter or Instagram, tag @indybrewing and use #ChaseTheWhiteRabbit for the chance to win two tickets to the brewery’s upcoming psychedelic dance party in April as well as a White Rabbit swag bag.
January 11th, 2014
Well the Independence Brewing expansion project kicked into high gear when the long-awaited JV Northwest brewing system arrived at the brewery on January 7th. The first step was getting the massive tanks off of the long-bed trucks that hauled them all the way from Oregon. It was cold and drizzly which made the process that much more nerve-wracking.
With electricians working in the background, the main production floor pad was cleared and readied for positioning the brewing system vessels.
One by one, the massive tanks were slowly hoisted by a reach lift up the brewery ramp, into the new production area and carefully tipped up.
Then we worked on positioning the tanks onto the new production floor. With a couple of pallet jacks and a whole lot of man-power, the tanks were moved to the right spot.
One down, six more to go! It was an exciting day. Unwrapping the dirty plastic wrap that had covered our new tanks to reveal beautiful, new shiny stainless steel. We felt like happy kids on Christmas morning unwrapping presents, reveling in the site of our new system.
Special thanks to Eric Young, @AustinBeerGeek, for digitally documenting our big move-in day.
January 7th, 2014
While not in our nature, we have learned to be patient. It can take weeks of fermenting and aging before we can taste a new brew. However, the Independence brewing crew has had to endure a hell of a long wait for the arrival of our much-needed brewing system. The first of four trucks that will be delivering our new 60-Barrel JV Northwest brewing system rolled in with the cold last night. And there is a flurry of work to prepare to install our new baby!
If this is the first you’re hearing about our expansion plans, here’s a summary of what we’ve been doing the last year to get ready for this day.
We got the keys to 10,000 square feet of warehouse space that directly adjoins the back side of our existing production floor. The coolest part about getting this space is that we didn’t have to move to expand. We were running out of space and brewing capacity. The additional space gives us the room we need.
Hurry up and wait. We worked with Studio 8 Architects and EEA Engineering to design and submit construction plans to the City of Austin in April. After several rounds of review, edits, re-submitting and waiting, we were given the green light to break ground in October.
First things first, we tore into the concrete to prep the space for proper plumbing. Deep trench drains that only a brewer could really appreciate were dug. Then nice big drain pipes were set. We had to bring in harder dirt to fill in the drains to make sure the drains would withstand the weight of our new system and tanks. And after checking, and re-checking their work, major plumbing was completed.
Major trench lines were dug in the new space.
Trenches were dug for major plumbing improvements
Major plumbing was installed
We were ready to pour the concrete… it began to rain…and then got really, really cold. Lucky for us, the bulk of our concrete work was inside. We had to beef up our foundation to take the heavy load of our new brewing system, so an additional 10 inches of concrete slab was poured.
With major plumbing completed, concrete is poured
Concrete pad for brewing system was poured.
We managed to get our silo tipped up and set two days before Christmas. While the electricians and construction crew worked at a frenzied pace to finish major electrical, plumbing and building the boiler room by the end of the year.
It's big, it's white and finally erect...our new silo!
January 6, 2014
The first truck rolled in… bearing the future of Independence Brewing Co. Check back in to see our progress. 2014 is going to be a great year!
In the frigid cold, the first of four trucks rolled in