Odell Brewing Company - Isolation Ale
- Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 27
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
The brewery’s first five years were spent in an old, converted grain elevator where about 2,900 square feet on four different levels was leased. The facility’s design enabled them to use gravity for grain handling and beer transfers, thus reducing the need for physical labor and pumps. Doug brought ten years of homebrewing experience to the company along with knowledge gained from a stint at the Anchor Brewing Company. He chose an all draft format for the new brewery both to simplify operations and to guarantee the freshness of the beers. During the brewery’s 6 months of operation, Doug was the only full-time employee. He did everything from brewing, to kegging, to delivery, to paying bills. Corkie and Wynne helped out with cleaning tanks and handling the books, but Doug worked largely alone. Space was tight and as demand for Odell Ales increased, the original three story grain silo was converted into additional fermentation space.
Today, the family owned operation is happily settled into their new space. In 1996 the brewery sold 15,600 barrels and employed 22 people. The ales currently offered by the brewery include Easy Street Wheat, Levity, Cutthroat Porter, and this month’s Isolation Ale.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (970) 498-9070 or check out their web site at www.odells.com.
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