In the first quarter of 2011, the company reached an agreement to lease the former Beermann’s Brewery in Lincoln, CA. During the renovation and startup phase Knee Deep’s beers continued to be contract brewed in another brewery in California. In May 2011, our first batch of beer was brewed in our Lincoln brewery. Over time we phased out the contract brewing and now all our beers were brewed at our Lincoln facility. At that time we had two UC Davis trained brewers operating 7 days a week. At first, our beers could be found throughout California and also in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Idaho. In 2012 we had started our “Loading Dock Friday Growler Sales”, where it was possible to purchase a growler of the freshest possible Knee Deep beer directly from the brewery. Growler sales were, as described, conducted at the loading dock.
Knee Deep Brewing’s brews have received several awards; most notably our Hoptologist DIPA took the Gold Medal in 2013 at The Bistro 14th Annual DIPA Festival. Knee Deep Brewing Company has a rapidly growing reputation and we are becoming known for our unique blends and creative outlook on brewing. We take pride in our reputation and strive to continue brewing outstanding craft beers.
Fast forward to 2015, Knee Deep beers are now brewed in our new 18,000 square foot facility in Auburn, CA. Our 15 barrel brew house has been replaced with a 40 barrel 4 vessel system. Our 15 barrel fermenters are no more and we now ferment our beers in 60, 90 and 120 barrel tanks. Our regular beers now total 14 and we also produce special releases and seasonal beers. Visitors to our tasting room will see rows of barrels filled with Knee Deep beers, the beer in these barrels will be aging and available to the public in mid 2015.
“Loading Dock Fridays” are gone as well. Instead of standing outdoors (rain or shine) to purchase a growler of our beer, visitors can now purchase growlers or bottles in our new tasting room, which is larger than our previous Lincoln brewery. Our tasting room also offers an unobstructed view of brewery operations and guests can enjoy samples of our beer while watching us brew, filter or even bottle the finished product.
We have added the states of Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Hawaii, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to our distribution network and we ship internationally as well. The one constant at Knee Deep is the quality of our product. We continue to brew great beer and receive recognition and awards both locally and nationally.