Odell website the brewery became successful quite quickly. They began in a converted grain elevator and the flagship beers were the 90 Shilling and the Easy Street Wheat. All their flagship beers use a German Ale yeast. It wasn't until 1994 that Odell began bottling up unpasteurized six-packs, and they were the first microbrewery in Colorado to offer six-packs.
|We didn't take any pictures outside so I had to lift this from Brewpublic, sorry Angelo!|
of space here but this month they are adding two 200 barrel fermenters and eventually they'll add more. So really, they are upping their production and storage space quite a bit. I was curious if this expansion is solely to meet the needs of the 10 states they currently distribute to or if it's part of a plan to expand into a few other states. As we've read recently, a few breweries in Colorado have had to pull out of some of their markets because they couldn't keep up with demand here. Odell has been very smart in their distribution, they have added one state to their distribution list every year for the past three years (this year was Idaho) and they have not had to pull out of any state.
|Where the brewin gets done|
|We were fortunate enough to be in the brewery when the brewers were working on the Bourbon Barrel Stout.|
which Isaac has compared to Pliny the Elder. We learned that the Odell staff had circulated that article around the staff and Isaac is now super famous ;P. Let's see there was also a Vienna Lager which is only available at a local restaurant and the Odell tap room. That was a nice treat, and it was a really drinkable beer. And then the last one that was quite a bit of fun was the cask conditioned Kölsch that had also been dry hopped with Amarillo hops. I really enjoyed that beer, I would hesitate to actually call it a Kölsch after dry hopping it, but still it was wonderful. And the Kölsch was the perfect way to say goodbye to Odell. Until next time.
Special thanks to Amanda Johnson of Odell for setting us up with the tour and answering all my questions.
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