Short Snout Brewing: Taking Shape


Last month, we met Brian VanOrnum of Short Snout Brewing. Brian is launching a brewery and we thought it would be fun to document his journey on this blog. A lot has been happening at Short Snout since we last checked in, so I'll turn it over to Brian to give us an update...


"It’s been just a little over a month since we all first met and what a month it has been. The biggest news is that the TTB licensing process is complete and we are now fully licensed! 52 days from hitting send to receiving the approval. (If I had one piece of advice here it would be to submit federal paperwork first, then move to state. We had to renew our OLCC permit before we even had the TTB approval.) This was great news, but when you’re expecting and planning on 120+ days, you do get caught off guard a bit. There was still so much that needed to be done; equipment to be purchased, fermentation and cold rooms to be built, and addressing all those little things that come up as you put a new venture together.


Fermentation Room on the left, Keg Storage on the right.


First up, the temperature controlled rooms. Not being much of a carpenter I enlisted the assistance of my father in the planning and construction of the two rooms that would be needed for fermentation and keg storage. As with many things, you never truly know how long the process will take. I was certain over a two day period we’d bang this out and I’d be able to check that off the list. 5 Saturdays later and numerous trips to Home Depot, we’re 99% finished with just a few little touches to be done. Although it did take a lot longer than I anticipated, I really enjoyed working side by side with my father on this project.

In exciting equipment news, I received a call on February 28th that the new brew stand had arrived in Portland and was ready for me to pick up. I was informed that it was in an 8’ long crate and weighed upwards of 650 lbs. Not having a vehicle that could hold it, I took to Twitter seeking out someone with a truck that wouldn’t mind helping out. Within minutes, a fellow beer enthusiast and homebrewer reached out and we planned our meet up to pick up the stand. Evidence that beer people are good people!

L to R, Boil Kettle (75 gal), Mash Tun (65 gal), Hot Liquor Tank (55 gal)


As if further evidence of beer people being good people was needed…The stand didn’t come as completed as I was expecting, specifically in the case of the plumbing for gas. This time reaching out on Facebook for assistance, I quickly sparked up a conversation with a gentleman from Vancouver happy to help and whom was in his own infancy of planning a possible brewery.

I also enlisted the welding skills of a friend to help put together a few stands for the two fermentation tanks. Strong and sturdy with wheels for easy maneuvering. I ran a few leak tests on the one tank I’ve installed all the fittings for and it’s been holding strong. Overall, it's a tight fit in the room but they are in there and ready to be filled.

We also added 6 more 1/6 barrel kegs to the keg corral. Still feels like I’m going to need more, but this is a good start.

So what’s next? We need to finish up the two rooms and test them out and see how well we insulated and sealed them up. I have a few more fittings on order and will then be running a test of the new stand and all its controls. That should be happening this week. Ingredients have been ordered for the first few batches and then the big day…the first batch! If all goes to plan that should be happening this weekend! We’re also working with a few local events and hoping to have Short Snout Brewing represented in any way possible.

To date this really has been an amazing adventure. Yes it is lots of work, but it’s exciting. And meeting more and more people all the time that share the passion for beer that I have and the passing on of knowledge between us all has been fantastic."  Brian VanOrnum


Congratulations to Brian on getting licensed!  It's so great to see the brewery taking shape and I can't wait to hear about the first batch! For more information, please check out Short Snout Brewing's website, Twitter, or Facebook pages.


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2012 Oregon Garden Brewfest Taplist


The 2012 Oregon Garden Brewfest kicks off in Silverton, OR, in four weeks! Some of the marquee Portland brewfests tend to feature limited release beers brewed specifically for the festivals. While these are unique and usually great beers, it can be challenging (if not impossible) to find your favorites after the events are over.

Most of the beers and ciders at the Oregon Garden Brewfest are widely distributed throughout Oregon. So this will be a great opportunity to sample nearly 95 handcrafted beers and ciders that you can easily buy after the brewfest is over! The full taplist is listed below. I'm impressed by the number of cider offerings and expect I'll be sampling quite a few of those! 

The festival will be held on April 27 - 28. For more details, check out the Oregon Garden Brewfest website.  Click here to see the Brewers' Tasting Dinner Menu.

4/27 update:  Had a great time at the Brewfest today. Check out my summary of Day 1!



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Brewery Name
Beer Name
Style
10 Barrel Brewing
Apocalypse
IPA
10 Barrel Brewing
TBD
TBD
2 Towns Ciderhouse
The Bad Apple
Semi-Dry Cider
2 Towns Ciderhouse
The Incider
Semi-Sweet Cider
21st Amendment Brewery
Bitter American
Extra Pale Ale
21st Amendment Brewery
Hell or High Watermelon  Wheat
American Wheat
Alameda Brewing Co
Black Bear XX Stout
Stout
Alameda Brewing Co
Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA
Imperial IPA
Block 15 Brewing Co.
Nebula
Naked Oat Stout
Block 15 Brewing Co.
Wandlepad
Blonde
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Blue Moon Belgian White Ale
Belgian Style White
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat Ale
American Style Wheat Ale
BridgePort Brewing Co.
BridgePort Kingpin
Imperial Red
BridgePort Brewing Co.
Dark Rain
Black Pale Ale
Calapooia Brewing Co.
Chili Beer
Specialty
Calapooia Brewing Co.
RIPArian IPA
India Pale Ale
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Blonde Bombshell
Sessions
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Cyclops
IPA
Crispin Cider Co.
Crispin Original
Cider
Crispin Cider Co.
Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear
Cider
Eel River Organic Brewery
Organic IPA
American IPA
Eel River Organic Brewery
Organic Porter
Organic Porter
Elysian Brewing
Avatar Jasmine IPA
IPA
Elysian Brewing
Dragonstooth Stout
Imperial Stout
Firestone Walker Brewing
DBA
British Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing
Solace
Unfilitered Wheat
Flat Tail Brewing Co.
Jarabe Caliente!
Chocolate Chili Porter
Flat Tail Brewing Co.
Tailgater K├Âlsch
Kolsch
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Cavatica Stout
Stout
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale
American Style Pale
Gigantic Brewing Co.
Axes of Evil
Hoppy Beer
Gigantic Brewing Co.
Gigantic IPA
IPA
Gilgamesh Brewing
DJ Jazzy Hef
American Hef
Gilgamesh Brewing
Vader
Cascadian Dark Ale
GoodLife Brewing Co.
Descender IPA
India Pale Ale
GoodLife Brewing Co.
Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Hoegaarden Brewery
Hoegaarden
Wit
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Organic Hopworks IPA
IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Rise up Red
Nw Style Red
Kona Brewing Co
Longboard Lager
Lager
Kona Brewing Co
Wailua Wheat
Tropical Passion Fruit
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Little Sumpin Sumpin
Hybrid Pale Wheat
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Undercover Shutdown Ale
Imperial Mild
Laughing Dog Brewing Co
Dogzilla Black IPA
Cascadian Blacdk IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing Co
Rocket Dog Rye IPA
Rye IPA
Leinenkugal's Brewing Co.
Leinie's Summer Shandy
Lemon Shandy
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Kili Wit
Organic White Beer
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Seizoen Bretta
Saison
Lost Coast Brewery
Great White
Belgian White Ale
Lost Coast Brewery
Tangerine Wheat
Citrus Wheat
McMenamins Thompson Brewery
Bellini Cream Ale
Cream Ale
McMenamins Thompson Brewery
Black Jack Russian Imperial
Russian Imperial
Mendocino Brewing Co.
Red Tail Ale
Pale ale
Mendocino Brewing Co.
White Hawk IPA
American IPA
Nectar Ales
Humbolt Brown
American Brown Ale
Nectar Ales
Red Nectar
Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing
Dig
Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing
Belgo IPA
Belgian Style IPA
Ninkasi Brewing
Spring Reign
Pale Ale
Ninkasi Brewing
Total Domination
IPA
Oakshire Brewing
Line Dry Rye
Rye Pale Ale w/honey
Oakshire Brewing
Overcast Espresso Stout
Espresso Stout
Pale Horse Brewing Co.
Hillbilly Blonde
Blonde Ale
Pale Horse Brewing Co.
Hopyard Dog
India Pale Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery
India Pelican Ale
India Pale Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Kiwanda Cream Ale
Cream Ale
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
BIG RED IPA
IPA
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
MAI BOCK
MAI BOCK
Redhook Brewing Co
Longhammer IPA
IPA
Redhook Brewing Co
Redhook Wit
Wit
Rusty Truck Brewing Co.
Fender Bender Amber Ale
Amber Ale
Rusty Truck Brewing Co.
Roadwrecker IPA
IPA
Seven Brides Brewing
Abbey's Apple Ale
Beer and Cider hybrid
Seven Brides Brewing
Becky's Black Cat Porter
Porter
Shock Top Brewing Co 
Shock Top IPA
IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Summerfest
Pilsner-style Lager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Torpedo
Extra IPA
Stella Artois (InBev)
Stella Artois
European Pilsner
Stone Brewing Co.
Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Brewing Co.
Stone IPA
IPA
Tieton Cider Works
Apricot Cider
Cider
Tieton Cider Works
Teiton Cherry Cider
Apple Based Cherry Cider
Tieton Cider Works
Wild Washington Cider
Cider
Uinta Brewing Co
Duhbe Imperial Black Ale
Imperial Black Ale
Uinta Brewing Co
Hop Notch IPA
IPA
Wandering Aengus
Anthem Cherry
Cider
Wandering Aengus
Anthem Hops
Cider
Widmer Bros Brewing Co
Citrus Blonde Summer Seasonal
Blonde
Widmer Bros Brewing Co
Pitch Black CDA
Cascadian Dark Ale
Widmer Bros Brewing Co
Widmer Rotator IPA
IPA
Woodchuck Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber
Amber Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider Granny Smith
Granny Smith Cider