Otter Creek Brewing Company - Copper Ale
- ABV: 5.4%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 21
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
Middlebury was chosen for the brewery site as much for its quality of life as for its excellent water. Coincidentally in 1989, a local businessman was in the process of building an industrial start-up space for small businesses. One unit was custom fitted with the necessary floor drains and utilities and the new brewery found its first home (the brewery would eventually grow to consume the entire building).
Larry purchased Widmer Brewing Co.’s brewing equipment when the Portland, Oregon based brewery carried out a major expansion in the summer of 1990. Test brewing began at Otter Creek shortly after Thanksgiving 1990 and the first batch of unfiltered draught Copper Ale was rolled out on March 12, 1991. Response to their flagship ale was strong, and by year-end, Otter Creek was ready for its first expansion.
The brewery’s production capacity doubled with the installation of a new fermenter and a filtered ale was introduced with the purchase of a new filter. Seasonal Ales were introduced during the summer of 1991 with the first batch of Summer Wheat Ale. This was followed by Hickory Smoked Amber Ale in the fall, Stovepipe Porter in the winter, and Mud Bock Spring Ale in the spring, all of which were enthusiastically received. Helles Alt Beer, their second year-round brew, was added in May of 1994.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (802) 388-0727 or check out their web site at www.ottercreekbrewing.com.
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