SBC claims to be the 6th generation of a family brewing legacy…how is that possible?
We’ve outlined the history on our timeline.
What beers are available?
We have the capability to produce a diverse portfolio of artisanal beers. Read more at What We’re Brewing.
What packages are available?
We  package 12 oz bottles, 1/6-barrel and 1/2-barrel kegs.
Where are your beers sold?
Our focus will initially be in our home area. We will be available across North Eastern Pennsylvania and we’ll see what happens after that!
Where did the brewhouse come from?
BrauKon engineer brewhouses in a range of sizes, and engineering means all design work, fabrication, QA, and shipping. They are available to install (but we didn’t need that) and consult…and of course they commission and train their customers. The privately-held company is based in Truchtlaching, and that is so far south in Germany that Austria is closer to them than anything…it is a very nice and short train ride from where they are to Salzburg.
Here’s their impressive work lately.
Just as craft breweries find competition from large and multinational brewing companies, BrauKon is finding competition from the ‘large turnkey brewhouse’ fabricators in Germany. As the very well-manned companies with ranks of engineers have realized that growth is in small breweries, they have focused their skills to design and build equipment for craft breweries. But BrauKon is responding nimbly with robustly engineered systems and technologies. And they listen to our unique requests: we wanted a specified mash temperature rise rate, we wanted a novel wort boiler, we wanted a decoction kettle and a hopjack….no problem for the pros. And their engineering support went into ancillary systems beyond what they provided…we are grateful for their work.
Where did the brewery get its equipment from?
SBC has purchased its equipment from US family-owned manufacturers, as well as family-owned companies in Germany and the Czech Republic. Our efforts have been to support family manufacturers (such as ourselves) and to reward innovation and energy efficiency. By deploying an experienced professional engineer, Kevin Smith, P.E., we have brought together components into an integrated design that reflects the care of the artisan brewer with the safety and quality of a world-class brewery.
What makes SBC beers different from other craft beers?
We have made a fundamental investment in the right equipment from the start, but also a commitment to a unique blend of specialized equipment. Our brewhouse features upward-infusion mashing, common across many breweries of all sizes across the world, along with a Bohemian decoction kettle. This allows us to brew using an older protocol that, for the most part, has been dropped from modern brewing. We feature a hopjack which allows our ale to have a two-minute scald on top of whole-leaf hops before cooling the wort. This provides certain unique hop attributes to our ales.
Did SBC design everything specifically to be “different”?
Hardly! Many experts and talented professionals made contributions, starting with Kevin Smith, P.E. of Highland Associates. Barney Brennan at Full Sail Brewing Company and Roger Scheel of Buhler helped us with our mill decision. Nicholas Ricketts in the UK advised on critical engineered elements. We would also like to recognize Markus Lohner at BrauKon, Ian Beauchamp at Pursuit Dynamics, Jason Smith from Miura Boiler, Ken Kluus from K2Mechanical, Phil Loen and colleagues from JVNW, Bob Yates of Northern Refrigeration, David Rowlands , Ed Michalski of Pro Engineering, Phil Quinn of Moravek, and of course our own contractors interacted and engaged with Guy Hagner to realize improvements. It takes a village to engineer a brewery!
Is the brewery making beer in an environmentally-prudent manner?
Small breweries are at a disadvantage to their larger friendly competitors due to economies of scale, but SBC is committing to environmental concerns in several significant ways: The 200 HP Miura steam boiler is the most efficient steam boiler available. Half the steam in a brewery typically is consumed in the brewhouse, and 50% of that steam is utilized in the wort kettle. SBC is the first native-design installation of the pdx wort boiling system. This allows us to boil our wort (the liquid which will become beer after it leaves the brewhouse) using the most efficient design possible. No other wort boiling system can boil wort with as low an energy input. We have purchased systems in beer processing that allow us to filter beer without use of diatomaceous earth filtration media (common across the world’s breweries). Diatomaceous earth is a mined substance and after use, creates a waste product that needs to be disposed of. We have made decisions in packaging hardware that represent achievement of a smaller environmental footprint. Even our 12 oz glass is lighter than the industry standard bottle by 1.4 oz, and that reduces energy consumption in bottle production by approximately 20%. As the brewery grows, we will be able to implement further energy-smart investments to lead in energy efficiency at the artisanal scale.
Where are your ingredients from?
We have made commitments with American farmers for hops and malts, but also are using hops from Europe. Our goal is to procure from family-owned groups, while maintaining the highest standards of quality.
When are tours available?
We offer a  free tour (Handicap-accessible) Saturday at 2:00 p.m. We also welcome groups by scheduled appointment. Call us! Tasting our beers is part of the tour!
What is the freshness life of beer?
Our beers are guaranteed fresh under these guidelines: kegged beer is guaranteed fresh for 75 days, and bottled beer is guaranteed fresh for 120 days. Our kegs and cases clearly detail the ‘pull date’, the end of our freshness guarantee.
What are you doing about addressing the problems of underage drinking and binge drinking?
We participate and support the educational mission of the Brewers Association and other professional organizations comprised of brewers and distributors. Addressing these issues is something that all brewers strive to achieve. We promote responsible consumption by setting the examples ourselves and in our own interactions within our community.