The last couple of weeks have included many new firsts for BRU. With the three-barrel system running smoothly we were able to start bottling Citrum, our India Pale Ale handbuilt with fresh lemon zest and juniper. And when I say handbuilt I truly mean handbuilt, from the hand written recipe, to each bottle of beer, one at a time, being filled, and capped, and labeled, and numbered all by hand. I couldn't describe it any other way then a true labor of love. After two, impatient-long weeks of letting Citrum bottle condition the bubbles were finally just right, and we had another exciting first, selling our first case of beer.
But that was just the start of many more firsts. Eight days later we were at our very first Great American Beer Festival serving BRU to over 49,000 people. It was the first festival we had ever attended, the first time pouring our own beer to perfect strangers, the first time really getting to see people smile when they took a sip. It still never fails to excite, seeing other people passionate and as excited about our beer as we are.
--Ian Clark, beer chef / founder