On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, YPiA members gathered at Barn Town Brewing in West Des Moines. Members enjoyed one of Barn Town’s famous brews and networking prior to the brewery tour.
The young professionals were guided on a private tour of the brewery by Grant, the brew master. Grant has been brewing beers for over 14 years. He started with home brews, then began commercially with Granite City Brewing. Grant then found Pete, the owner of Barn Town, and began brewing high quality beers with his own twist on them.
Grant explained the process of brewing beer from start to finish. He showed us some of the tools, tanks, and grains they use in the process. Many of the base grains of the brews are sourced in the United States. The specialty grains which give beers different flavors, known as malts, are imported. Members were able to smell and taste hops and several of the specialty malt grains used in Barn Town’s beer. Did you know it takes about 700 lbs of grain to brew 200 gals of beer?
He is currently brewing twice a week with plans to expand and ramp up production to meet demands. Grant is in the process of building his own bottling machine for about $8K; if Barn Town were to purchase a bottling machine, it would cost them about $60K.
After the tour, members continued to network, enjoy some brews and appetizers. If you haven’t been to Barn Town Brewing, be sure to check it out! You can’t go wrong with good food and even better beer!
The general rule of thumb is 100 lbs of grain equals 1% of alcohol in the finished product.
Hops are classified as a weed and are grown best near the 40th parallel north around the world.
Smit grain is the technical term for the byproduct produced from brewing. Smit grain is fed to livestock.
Not for Concentrate is currently their best-selling beer!