Melvin Brewing begins production in Alpine, expands distribution

(Alpine, Wyo.) - Melvin Brewing officially has announced the opening of its new 20,000-square foot production facility on six acres in Alpine. Production of Melvin beers began on December 13 in Alpine and includes Clinic ISA, Melvin IPA, 2×4 DIPA and Hubert MPA (a Melvin Pale Ale). This month, Melvin Brewing will expand distribution to Colorado, Washington and Idaho. "The production facility, located approximately 35 miles from Jackson plans to open a tasting room, host tours and events in the summer of 2016. Or it might not, guess it all depends on if they get a road and a parking lot…," Melvin Brewing stated in a release issued late last week. [image: Inline image 1] *The new Melvin Brewing production facility. h/t Zach Montes-Orijin / Pitchengine Communities* The recent release states that the "R&D system" will remain in Downtown Jackson at Thai Me Up restaurant, while production and distribution will be facilitated at Melvin Brewing in Alpine, with four full-time employees and five to seven part-time hires. Head production brewer Dave Chichura, former head brewer of Oskar Blues, will present Melvin to the people. Chichura will focus on maintaining his charm, production consistency and culturing the Melvin crew to the sweet musical sounds of Ween. Head brewer, Kirk McHale, will continue to push craft brewing boundaries with his praying mantis style hop attacks, and Wu inspired wisdom. Within the facility, there is also a mad lab to ensure the chemistry and artistry of Melvin’s beers are always accurate. A lab wizard, or beer chemist by the name of Andrea Baillo, PhD, holds a doctorate in chemistry from Wayne State and ran the Maui Brewing Co. lab for two years before joining the team at Melvin. Melvin’s new brewing apparatus features a Newlands semi-automated, 30-barrel, four-vessel system engineered for Melvin’s higher gravity beers. The GEA centrifuge was chosen with Melvin’s remote location in mind, providing a higher-yield that will help equalize shipping costs. Melvin emphasizes the 5th ingredient, CO2, a staple of larger brewers that can be overlooked by smaller breweries. “If there is anything we can learn from the big boys, it’s proper carbonation,” said Tofte on assembling the new equipment. “We took a page out of their playbook and acquired the technology for in-line carbonation. This takes the guess-work out of the process and gives us proper, lip-smacking carbonation every time. We don’t ride flat mountains, so why would we drink flat beer?” “And since our distributors have always wanted us in the can, we went ahead and bought a Wild Goose canning line.” Bottles will play a lesser role at Melvin, with a limited run of hand bottled 22-ounce bombers for particular markets. Melvin Beer can be found on tap in the following markets: throughout Colorado in mid January; Boise, Idaho, February 5; Olympia, Vancouver and Tacoma, Washington, February 14; and Seattle, Washington on March 1. *Feature Photo: Jeremy Tofte and Dave Chichura at the new Melvin Brewing production facility. h/t Zach Montes-Orijin / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news