The brew deck
The large brew deck offers easy access to the tanks and plenty of room to store pumpkins for some seasonal brews.
Ready for the next level
The ten massive 240-barrel fermenters will help meet the growing demand for Elysian beer.
It's a climb to get up here but the catwalk offers a great view of the brewery and allows the brewers access to the top of the fermenters where speciality ingredients can be added during the final stages of the brewing process via hatches on top of the tanks.
Constant movement in the brewery
There is a lot of space—and a lot of activity. This forklift was running the entire time I was visiting the production brewery.
Milling the barley
Here the malted barley runs through a mill which crushes the grain before it is transported to the mash tun.
Ready to go
The vessels are all clean and ready for production on the brew deck.
Fine tuning for the first brew
Some last minute tweaking on the boiler system takes place before the wort can be brought up to temperature.
Time to sparge
The first brew running through the new production facility's tanks was the winter seasonal, BiFrost.
Inside the lauter tun
Used in the sparging process, these rotating rake arms push the mash around the lauter tun.
The modern brewery uses the same basic method for making beer that has been used for hundreds of years, but instead of walking across the room or climbing up a ladder to open a valve, the process can move from one step to the next with the push of a button.
Down the drain but not out of the building
Excess water is drained off during the lautering process when the malt is separated from the wort. All drains lead to a waste water collection system. Elysian is taking the time to remove particles, treat the water, and do a pH check before letting it go from the facility.
No filter required
Instead of using a filter, Elysian has gone with a centrifuge which helps separate the solid particles from the liquid, yet holds on to much of the yeast which gives Elysian beers their signature taste.
The bottling and packaging room
Still under construction, the bottling and packaging room will take Elysian into new territory when they begin offering their beers in 12 ounce bottles. A crew was busy working on building a custom conveyor system.
The large cold storage room is ready for the production brewery's beer. Not letting the space go to waste, Elysian was already storing beers that were brewed at other locations.