|Rivertown Brewery Tapoom Beer List and Taps|
Adam, our tour guide and brewmaster, began his brewing career as a homebrewer. He walked us through the entire brewing process. He began by showing us samples of grain and hops pellets used in some of Rivertown's beers. We were invited to chew on some of the grains to get an idea what they contributed to the beer's flavor. Pale Malt has a slightly sweet taste to it. Honey Malt is a bit sweeter and tastes a little like honey.
|Citra Hops Pellets, Honey Malt, and 2-Row Pale Malt Samples|
|Rivertown's Grain Silo|
|Inside the white room here is the grain mill, which takes in grain|
from the silo before passing it on to the mash tun
|Brewmaster Adam showing the mash tun and explaining the|
mashing, hot liquor, and vorlauf parts of brewing
The wort is pumped through a heat exchanger which uses cold water and glycol to quickly lower the temperature of the wort from boiling (212 degrees) to a temperature suitable for yeast (typically around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit). The wort is then pumped into fermenters.
|One of Rivertown's fermenters, in which wort is turned into beer by yeast|
When the fermentation is finished, the fermenter is chilled to cause the yeast to drop out of the beer into the bottom of the fermenter. The yeast is then recovered by the brewmasters and re-used up to twelve times as a cost-saving measure. A clarifying agent known as biofine is added to further clarify the beer. The beer is then pumped into brite tanks.
|Brite tanks, where beer is further clarified and carbonated before|
being kegged or bottled
|The bottling line, in which Rivertown's beer is bottled, capped, and labeled.|
Beer comes in from the left side of the photo, circles around, and the
bottles are capped in the machines on the right.
|The labeling end of the line for Rivertown bottled beers|
|Adam showing the barrel and sour beer brewing equipment|
|Another element of Rivertown's sour brewing apparatus|
|The Chill Room|
Fans of Rivertown's products will enjoy this "backstage" look at how they're made. As a home brewer, I enjoyed seeing how Rivertown's products are made.