Seahawks and Otters: A Match Made in Mayhem

Dear everyone who loves the Seattle Seahawks: we have heard you. You are all very, very loud. You are a rambunctious group, you 12th Men. And we are just as thrilled as you are to see the Hawks picking up their game late in the season. 

We’ve just installed a television, and we are aiming to be open on Sundays soon enough to see the Hawks win their second consecutive Super Bowl! Nothing screams quite like a Seahawk … except for a herd of 12th Otter-Mans riding high on Momma Otter’s Pancake Porter.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for other things we might have on the screen, including “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.” In case you haven’t seen it a thousand times already, the movie tells the heartwarming, classic, tale of a dirt-poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win a talent show. It’s 1970s-era Jim Henson Muppeting at its otterest.  

Follow us for more news – good things are a-coming!

Welcome, OtterFans

We’re finally here. Open, functioning, making beer, odding up the place. 

Thank you to all of you who have already stopped in to czech out our digs, to taste our beers, and to grab up some of our Odd Otter Brewing Company merch. We love being able to host you here in our space, and we look forward to much fun in the future!

Consider spending your New Year’s Eve with us! Get your tickets from our online store and be in the oddest place in town when 2015 comes a-knockin’! We have new glassware coming soon, a new loyalty program we’ll be unveiling, and a new mug club for everyone to join. Fun things are on the horizon – come by and join in the oddities!

A little water and a little air …

Let’s be frank: we’re pretty busy. 

We’ve built tables out of reclaimed wood we found in the space during our demolition. They’re amazing. Come visit and see them. Our designer Kristina even freehand Dremeled (not a word) into the tables otters in various states of movement. They are incredible. She’s a phenomenal designer, and we’re chuffed (British phrasing) to have her as part of our team. 

We have figured out where to get the water we need. It’s right here in this building. In this very building! Who would know that a 100+ year old structure such as this one could hide so many bizarre and delightful things in its nooks and its crannies? 

The HVAC concerns have been allayed. Thanks to some late night physics with Head Brewer Owen and Random Task John, fueled by some experimental suds that Owen’s developing, we were able to calculate the amount of energy per unit time that our all-electric system will radiate to the air in the space. For those of you who are interested, it’s about 30,000 BTU/hour. Not too much, not too little. It’s just the right amount. Juuuust right. And nothing a wee in-line fan can’t address. 

Come by! We just got the floors finished up (Go2 down in Tacoma is incredibly, by the way) and they are a rippling, reflective, aqueous green paradise for your eyes. 

We can’t wait to see you darken our doorway. 

Onward, Upward

Dear OtterFans: 

It’s been a while. We know, we know. The three of you (are there three?) who read these posts are clamoring for more. 

We know. 

We’ve heard you. 

And we know. 

So what have we been up to? Let’s see: 

– Brew Five Three: We were the newest of the #WAbeer craft breweries at Tacoma’s own beer festival, and we were thrilled that we received such a warm welcome! It was the most fun we’ve had since we’ve started this project, and we appreciate all the love and the attention you gave us. 

– Equipment Update: Our glycol chiller (maintains the developing beerlets in the fermenters at the proper temperature so that the beer can become beer) has arrive, and we’re waiting for a sunny day so that we can put it on the roof. We’ve also received all of the heating coils for our big boy electric brewing system and we’re getting ready to take her for a test drive. Whee!

– Buildout Update: We very nearly have our second bathroom! We have also been busily framing, drywalling, and painting so that the place will be livable for those of you who intend to live here. 🙂 

– Merchandise Update: Brew Five Three cleaned us out! We’re waiting on a shipment of Momma Otter’s Pancake Porter t-shirts, which are the coolest threads you’ll see anywhere when they finally arrive. We can’t wait. 🙂 

We have a lot of work to do, but we have great people on our team, and we’re working very, VERY, VERY hard to get things done as quickly as we can. 

When can you come in for a beer? We’re hoping mid-September. We’ll keep you posted. Track us on Facebook, Like us, and get ready for some otter nonsense. 

#BusinessSocks

The startup process is painful for everyone: for techies slapping together a new app, for brick and mortar retailers hawking their threads, for anyone attempting to sell a food product in a packaged or in a restaurant format. It’s difficult. It’s endlessly challenging. And there is a great deal of the process that is extraordinarily costly because the things that must be done can simply not be done by the proprietor, either for lack of knowledge/skill or for lack of certification (licensing and bonding for buildout projects). 

But there are things that can be done oneself. And there are always more solutions than there initially appear to be. A couple of us here at Odd Otter spent much of Saturday night building these doors to provide a physical separation from the neighboring print shop. We need them to be able to open and close because most of our palletized deliveries will be coming through the print shop’s grade-level garage door – that is the path that our 1200 lb, 14 barrel, 10’8″ fermenters and brite tank took to get into our space. 

Entities that regulate our permitting require physical separation between our alcoholic products and neighboring businesses. The thinking, as I understand it, is that separation is necessary so to prevent someone from walking up to one of the fermenters (that can hold 440+ gallons of beer), placing their mouth on the nozzle at the bottom, and drinking tax-free beer without informing the various governing bodies regulating our business. Now, doing so would drown the person almost instantaneously upon opening of the valve – the time it would take would be the travel time of a 441 gallon column of beer from mouth to lungs – and it is unlikely that anyone would actually attempt to end their life in this fashion. But is it conceivable? I suppose it is, somewhere, somehow, at some time, in some place. 

We built the doors with salvaged plywood we found during the demolition phase of things here. And we bought just enough wood from Home Depot without leaving room for error – wise or thrifty? You tell me. 

They cost us about $75 to put together. We’ll hinge them on the steel frame of the door, line the jamb with weatherstripping to prevent free airflow back and forth, and we’ll lock them in place. 

So with this, we #BusinessSocks. Come by and we’ll show you our handwork. 

Fermenters Arriving

We are expecting our 3 beautiful 14 barrel fermenters and our 14 barrel conditioning (carbonating) tank today. Big, big stuff. 

Want to come help us get it into the space? We’d love to have you! Even if you can’t help, that’s okay. Soon we’ll have everything in place, and you’ll be able to come and see what the brewing side of the house will look like when it is all put together. 

Looking forward to showing off some shiny steel stuff!

Great Success

To all of you who managed to come by the Tasting Lounge at Art on the Ave yesterday, thank you for dropping in! We had an awesome time, gave out at least 800 tastings of our beers, and we made a lot of new friends. 

We can’t wait to get up and running so that we can be part of the Tacoma community – we’re thrilled by the reception we got, and we can’t wait to meet more of you! Keep watching our Facebook, Twitter, and our blog here for upcoming news and events regarding our progress toward opening our doors. 

Some fun things happening:
– Fermenters arriving this week (we are pretty certain, at least)
– Planning for Brew-5-3 has commenced!
– Finishing our bar at the space soon

If you happen to be in the area around 716 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402, stop on in and say hi. We’d love to meet you and show you around!

 

Taste This Beer!

That’s right, everyone: 

On Sunday, July 13th, those who are in the locale of Tacoma, WA will be able to come and visit some of the Otters at Art on the Ave’s Tasting Lounge! We will be there with Harmon Brewing CompanyTacoma Brewing Companyand Cork Wine Bar. For only $10, you’ll be able to sample the beers, browse some of our merchandise, recharge your cell phone, and munch on some snacks. 

What do you have planned for Sunday July 13th, then? That’s right: Art on the Ave! We cannot wait to see you all there!

Independence Day and Independent Beer

Happy 4th to all of you! 

As we all meditate on what Independence Day means for us, for our families, and for the world, consider also what it means to be independent in other ways. Independence means that you can choose to be whomever you wish to be, that you can go where you want to go, and that you can represent yourself how you wish to represent yourself. 

We hope that you all have a meaningful, patriotic, and splendidly explosive (but safe) 4th of July. Get yourself a pint of craft beer from a local brewery to celebrate, and help promote the kind of independence that we are creating here at Odd Otter.

Equipment Ahoy!

Dear fellow Otterfans: 

That’s right, it’s equipment time. We’re expecting delivery of our big-boy 7 barrel (bbl) brewhouse and our 14bbl fermenters in the next few days. A big thanks to Stout Tanks and Kettles in Portland for working with us to create just what we need to bring lots and lots of beers to you all. 

This stuff is big. The fermenters are 10 feet tall, 4 feet in diameter, and they’re beautiful. Come by, poke your head in, say hi!

Other news coming: New t-shirt designs, Art on the Ave on the 13th of July, and Brew Five Three on August 9th!