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04 | 17 | 19

Pull Up to Solar Parking

Posted in North Carolina Brewery, Sustainability

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Despite the dark days of winter, solar energy is atop our minds at the Mills River brewery. Recently, we finished the installation of our parking lot solar array, which will help offset the energy requirements of running the brewery.This parking lot array is made up of nine units—umbrella-like canopies each with 22 individual panels— that will generate 60...

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04 | 17 | 19

What Boilers Mean to the Brewer

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Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. It's alive!In Mills River, we continue to push on at full speed, reaching new milestones nearly every week as we get the brewery up and running. Last week was a big one: our boiler systems were fired up, quite literally.Working boilers are a massive step toward making beer in North Carolina. The boilers—as the name suggests—make steam, which...

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04 | 17 | 19

Copper Jackets for Our Kettles

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Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Our last look at the progress at the new brewery site focused on the installation of the brewhouse, but getting the vessels set is only half of the story. The vessels themselves are sophisticated tanks, but for us, they won't be complete until they get their final polish: their elegant copper jackets.Our main "West Side" brewhouse in Chico,...

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04 | 17 | 19

Crossing Beer Bridges

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. We're charmed by the site of our Mills River brewery. It's a beautiful piece of land that rolls with hills, rises with majestic trees, and flows with numerous creeks and springs destined for the French Broad River.The thing is, building a brewery amid this beauty has difficulties. We want to showcase those very creeks, but we need to...

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04 | 17 | 19

Enclosing the Brewhouse

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Our brewhouse is finally in place and the first tests are running, but, in North Carolina, the season has shifted. Warm, sunny days have given way to cool, foggy mornings and the relaxed feel of summer is slipping away. This seasonal slide adds a new sense of urgency to the construction in Mills River because until very recently,...

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04 | 17 | 19

Flipping the Switch on Solar Energy

Posted in North Carolina Brewery, Sustainability

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. The sun is shining down on Mills River this week, and we've hit another milestone. We're flipping the switch on our rooftop solar array for the first time. We bemoaned the rainy weather in North Carolina this spring, but now that autumn is upon us, the sun is out and it's the perfect time to commission our new...

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04 | 17 | 19

Over the Ocean and Through the Woods

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Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos.Sierra Nevada has always had something of a mellow vibe, but when it comes right down to it, sometimes you just need some heavy metal. And of course, we're talking about stainless steel!Last month, a cargo ship arrived at the Port of Charleston loaded with 28 stainless steel fermentation tanks destined for our new brewery in Mills River,...

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04 | 17 | 19

Where Beer Is Born

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Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Visitors to our brewery in Chico, California, often comment about the rows of cylindrical columns affixed to the top of the building. There they stand, rows of fermenters in rank and file, like silvery pillars in an acropolis of steel.Fermenters are possibly the most important feature of a brewery. Inside these tanks is where billions of yeast cells...

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04 | 17 | 19

Quality Begins from the Ground Up

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Every day in Mills River, North Carolina, we cross off to-dos and reach new milestones at our brewery site. One such task—the laying of thousands of tiles throughout the brewery—seems small but is very important to what we do and how we do it. These tiles and the artistry of their installation are remarkable, really, and the first step...

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04 | 17 | 19

The Heart of the Brewery

Posted in North Carolina Brewery

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. As the warm weather settles in, the pace of construction at our Mills River brewery is hitting a fever pitch. We're reaching new milestones weekly, and it's starting to look more and more like a working brewery every day.Our most recent milestone is as symbolic as it is significant. For months, large crates holding the brewhouse vessels have...

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