Where It All Began
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW AND SOME THINGS YOU DIDN’T
Randy began homebrewing 12 years ago. This was our high-tech system. Everyone coveted it. We were the talk of the neighborhood. Not really. But delicious beer came from these orange igloo coolers. Some of the beers you drink today at Farm Creek were first brewed right here.
When we decided to get really serious about homebrewing, we took it to the next level.
The BrewMaster 3000!
That’s not actually the name of it but it sure sounds cool. We still use this small brew system for test batches in the brewery.
People often ask us if it was always our dream to open a brewery or how did we decide this was what we wanted to do. The answer: We have no idea! It’s true. One day we’re homebrewing and the next day we’re thinking of names, designing logos and looking at buildings that would be the future of Farm Creek. Which brings us to the next picture…
Our New Home! Ain’t it pretty?
1415 Pine St Walnut Creek, Ca
We chose Walnut Creek because we live here, our children go to school here and it’s a community we want to invest in. This place, amidst auto shops and car dealerships, was home. A couple blocks away from the BART station and less than a mile from downtown, we couldn’t ask for any better! Especially since we’re actually a factory and have to be in an industrial location.
So now that we had our building, it was time to look for a brew system. One just a tiny bit bigger than what we had been brewing on. In trying to keep cost down, we were looking for a used system and they were not easy to find. Then, after months of searching….a brewery in Fernie, Canada posted that they were selling theirs to upgrade to a larger system. The next day, Randy flew up there, brewed on it and bought it on the spot. A month later, our brew kettles made their way home to Farm Creek.
As for the fermentors, we bought those new. It was so exciting to see all this shiny equipment roll down our small street. We almost lost a few precious souls as we brought in these pieces and stood them up. But thankfully, everyone and everything remained intact.
We had our building, we had our equipment, now we had to make this place look ‘purty’. Construction began!
We had a contractor do the major things. He built rooms, added hallways, tore down bathrooms, rebuilt bathrooms and moved stairs. He and his teams did a phenomenal job.
Randy then worked hard to add the finishing touches. He’s pretty handy. Sometimes we call him Handy Randy.
No we don’t.
We even made our own flights! Sawdust, anyone?
Now it’s time to brew the beer! We had waited for 3 years to brew as Farm Creek. We had all of our permits and licenses. The kids were eager to pitch in and it was time for the most magical day!
It was NOT a magical day. We brewed our first batch on the hottest day of the year. It was 105 degrees outside. Inside it was over 110. It took us 12 hours. But it was a pretty beer. Great color. Later that day, a catastrophe would happen that was beyond our control which would lead to us to dumping 15 barrels of beer right down the drain 3 days later. *moment of silence please*
We would brew 3 more times, each time creating a new delicious brew!
Then we realized that we couldn’t do it all. We couldn’t brew the beer, clean the equipment, run the company, manage the taproom, work the taproom and still be able to put our family first. Something had to give.
So we hired 5 taproom servers and staff! They complete us.
On August 4, 2016, after three years of dreaming and building, we opened our doors and sold our first beer!
We love the people who walk through these doors…..
….and we hope that our place, our people, our beer will give each of you an amazing experience at Farm Creek Brewing!
See you soon!
Love, The Janindas