Worthy's new release, Stoker Red Ale, continues to light it up. We released this hoppy red ale a few months ago in 12 ounce cans to fill the need for drinkable reds that deliver a crafty hop punch.
Based on retail and draft sales, and customer feedback, we are stoked.
At the Earth Day Brewshed Brewfest last week in Springfield, the people spoke. They awarded Stoker Red first place in the inaugural brewfest against 17 other brews.
The Brewshed Brewfest was sponsored by the Oregon Brewshed Alliance in an effort to raise money for Oregon Wild, a non-profit working hard to keep our waters wild, fresh, pristine and brewable. It's no secret that a key ingredient to Oregon's craft beer success has been the availability of crystal clear, snow-melt water.
"It feels good to get the recognition, but it feels great to support a worthy cause," said R. Worthington, the founder. "We're big fans of fresh water. That's why we insist that our hop suppliers comply with the standards set by another non-profit, Salmon Safe, which sets guidelines for eliminating run-off from farms into streams and tributaries."
What was it about Stoker Red that warmed the hearts our watershed loving friends? An unofficial survey yielded an appreciation of its malty caramel sweetness, it's piney, woody, citrusy and earthy aroma (all of the above), it's pleasant hop bitterness, it's bubbly mouthfeel and it's smooth, dry finish.
As one guest said: It's "shareworthy."
Plus, for the record, it must be noted that it raining outside, as usual, and a red just seemed to warm the cockles.
Worthy congratulates the 17 breweries who participated in the event and salutes their efforts to keep Oregon's rivers wild and clean.
In response to an increase in demand for it’s diversified portfolio of balanced beers, Worthy Brewing has expanded it’s beer production capacity by adding three new 240 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank. The upgrades will allow Worthy to produce 40,000 barrels annually.
In 2016, Worthy Brewing produced 15,000 barrels. Currently, Worthy is on track to brew 19,000 barrels in 2017. In addition to the four tanks, Worthy has also doubled it’s glycol capacity, beefed up it’s original 3 ton CO2 tank to 53 tons, and retrofitted it’s four vessel, 30 barrel brew system to allow one vessel to serve double duty as a wort receiver.
Finally, Worthy is in the process of adding another 70,000-pound grain silo. These upgrades are expected in increase daily production by 25%.
“With the increased capacity, we’re investing in packaging infrastructure to allow for longer production runs and a larger variety of package options, including our new Worthy IPA 24 pack which will be available in Costco this May,” said Senior Director of Sales Casey O’Brien.
With the production expansion taking place, Worthy Brewing has also hired their first full-time Quality Manager, Victoria Chaplin. Chaplin has worked at several of Oregon’s renowned breweries including Bridgeport Brewing, Craft Brew Alliance and Full Sail Brewing. She attended Oregon State University for Food Science Technology, and holds certifications in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), packaging from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and beer sensory from AROXA.
“Victoria brings a wealth of experience and a creative spirit. We’ve always been committed to quality, but with Victoria we’ll now have the expertise and tools we need to insure that our packaged beers have a long and fresh shelf-life,” said Brewmaster, Dustin Kellner. “She’ll also be helping us with sensory analysis as we continue to evaluate experimental hops from the OSU-Indie Hops breeding program. With the success of Strata, we’re excited to participate in the quest to pioneer new flavors.”
Time lapse of moving a brite tank as part of our brewery expansion ... this task took about an hour!