Scenes from Brewery Twenty Five

In this era of crowd funding, corporate investment in craft breweries and ready-made brewing equipment, it’s refreshing to find a brewery like Brewery Twenty Five down in San Juan Bautista, CA.  The small brewery is a bit of a throw-back to the earliest days of craft beer, when people like Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman used their own money to patch together breweries from discarded junk and used dairy equipment.  The brewery itself is located in a large shed on a steep hill top behind the home of owners Fran and Sean Fitzharris on the outskirts of town.

I spent an afternoon with Fran and Sean checking out their brewery and tasting a few of their creations. We ended the day at Bear’s Hideaway in downtown San Juan Bautista, just chatting away about beer and enjoying their fresh, vibrant Fuzzy Jules Apricot Wheat Beer. The next big step for Brewery Twenty Five? They’ll be opening up a tasting room in downtown San Juan Bautista later this year as their small brewery continues to  expand its roots. I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the afternoon.

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Estate hops will be grown on the brewery property with those ladders serving as trellises
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On the left is a sour-ale aging in a Chardonnay barrel, a Bourbon barrel-aged stout in on the right
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Another brewery scene
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Twin fermenters, names after the Fitzharris’s Australian shepherds Thelma and Louis who passed away, but still live in spirit in the brewery
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Sean Fitzharris explains a sparging system he built out of copper piping.
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The Brewery Twenty Five taproom will be inside this small plaza
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Sean and Fran on their hill top property