The road to great beer is paved with hard work, sacrifice and passion.
Our brew sculpture finally arrived and we were ready to brew some beer. Good pals Spencer Colman and Mike Baccaro helped us with our first brew session. At this point we had no idea that we were building our brewery. It was an amazing day!
Everyone loved our beer and we kept getting requests to buy it. We couldn't sell it because we were not permitted to do so. We contacted ABC for guidance on how to legally be able to sell our beer. They said we needed a Type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer's License and the cost was only $300. We also needed a location which led us on the hunt for a small affordable warehouse.
The helms coach was acquired. Our good pal and long time HB Beer Veteran Dennis Midden former owner of Brew Bakers was retiring and moving to Germany. Dennis loved this coach and was only willing to part ways if we continued to uphold the legacy of the coach by keeping it in HB and delivering craft beer and bread to the local community.
We signed our lease on a small warehouse in HB. Time to move the equipment from our small humble garage into our small humble warehouse to begin the process of getting licensed and to form what soon would be known as Riip Beer Company.
We are Approved to Brew and Sell! Our license goes into effect and now we need new equipment that can handle the demand. We'll never forget our ABC rep's face when she asked us where our equipment is. We pointed at our Brew Sculpture which was 3 20 gallon pots.
It took a while to get our equipment delivered, installed and tested but our first batch of beer known as Riip Jitsu Session Ale was finished and ready to sell. Selling only to retailers would not cut it as the profit margins are too slim to survive. With no Tap Room due to expensive required city permits, we were forced to think outside the box.
The only way to sell our beer to the public was through home delivery. It did not require us to obtain any special permits. Many people thought it was a brilliant idea but many industry people thought we were crazy for trying. We wanted to share our beer with the world and we were prepared to do anything it took.
This put us on the map. Everyone was talking about this small little brewery that doesn't have a tap room that delivers and wins awards for their small hand crafted beer batches. This was our first event and to win 1st place in our hometown of Huntington Beach meant a lot to us.
Production of our tasting room which is also going to be a home brew supplies shoppe is underway. Right on Pacific Coast Highway at the gateway to Sunset Beach an old historic sub district of HB is where we will continue our expansion as one of Orange County's first Nano Breweries.
The Local HB Independent Newspaper did an article on Riip Beer Co. and from there it was the OC Register, Playboy Website, ABC 7 News, Coast Magazine and more. The 1931 Helms Coach delivery concept combined with the two brother n laws building a family owned and operated business with small batch, hand crafted and locally owned beer was a hit and a much needed tasting room was on the horizon.
A long awaited process and we are ecstatic to be able to serve our home community and the craft beer community not only amazing beer but also awesome customer service delivered with a huge passion for craft beer they way it should be. Nano Style!