Brewing tanks arrive at Lassen Ale Works
Lassen Ale Works partner, Mark Pfenning, left, and friend, Tim Zeisloft, contemplate the dynamics of how to fit a large tank through a little space. Photos by Jordan Clary
May 1, 2012 — Saturday, April 21 was a much-anticipated day for the partners of the soon-to-open Lassen Ale Works at The Pioneer Saloon.
That was the day the truckload of stainless steel beer brewing tanks arrived from Metal Craft Fabrication in Portland, Oregon.
Three of the four partners, Margaret Liddiard, Mark Pfenning and Brewmaster Erik Jefferts, were on hand as the truck rolled up to the back door. “We had to put our order in last October,” said Liddiard. So their arrival was a milestone in the preparations for Susanville’s first microbrewery.
Liddiard said the high quality, non-reactive stainless steel tanks are a necessity for brewing quality beer and the best way to keep the operation immaculately clean.
A microbrewery will add a new twist to Susanville and the partners of Lassen Ale Works hope it helps bring vitality and interest to travelers passing through town.
The arrival of the stainless steel brewing tanks was a welcome step in the soon-to-open Lassen Ale Works.
Pfenning said, “Microbrewery tourism is becoming an industry just like wine tourism. We’re hoping to put Susanville on the map.”
The microbrewery business is enjoying something of a renaissance in the United States.
As beer drinkers are becoming more discerning about their tastes, they are more likely to turn to handcrafted brews like those that will be offered by Lassen Ale Works.
A microbrewer is defined as a commercially brewed beer that uses craft brewing methods, often drawing on methods and traditions from other countries such as Germany and Ireland.
Microbreweries tend to create fuller-bodied lagers and ales, some with hints of coffee, honey or other spices.
Soon beers like Bizz Johnson Trail Blonde, Rooptown Red and Devil’s Corral Imperial Stout may be common names among Northern California beer connoisseurs
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