Friday, August 23, 2013
Lynchburg's Jefferson Street Brewery
Now, even though I have applied the label "brewery tours" to this post, we didn't officially get the tour. This brewery occupies some space in the Craddock Terry Hotel, upstairs in the Waterstone pizza restaurant. As I understand it, the 7-barrel brewery sells all it makes in the two restaurants at the hotel.
It's a nice arrangement that ensures that the brewery prospers at that scale. I suppose it is natural that in the lifecycle of any business, once profitability has been reached at full capacity you would consider expanding - and that is probably going through everyone's mind at the moment.
The photos I have included are the boiler and mash kettles (copper colored) and the fermentation tanks. In that second photo, you can see the bucket on the floor in the bottom right corner - a sign that primary fermentation is underway on a new batch.
Between our 2010 and 2013 trips to Lynchburg, I've been able to enjoy a couple of brews from here - and the restaurant is good, so we'll look forward to another trip sometime. Meanwhile, I have a growler from there now as a souvenir.
The web page is here: http://www.jeffersonstreetbrewery.com/about.php