I know it has been a while since I’ve taken the time to write, but please don’t hold it against me. We’ve had a great couple of months, even if things have been a bit stressful at times. So here is a quick roundup of what we’ve been up to lately:
As many of you know, our doors have officially been open for a little more than a month now. Our first couple of weekends were busier than a one armed man hanging wallpaper, but things have started to settle down a bit. We’ve started to have pretty regular food truck visitors during tasting room hours, so there is usually some sort of really great food options. Seis Curbside is usually around on Thursday, Animal Farm is parked out front every Friday (at least for the near future), and on Saturdays we’ve had a few rotating trucks come by–including Planet of the Crepes, Foodie Fleet, and Guero Loco’s Bubba-Que.
At last count, DBC was in about 13 bars & restaurants around town, and we’re gaining new accounts every week. Though it sounds super cheesy, if you like our beer, ask for it everywhere you go. It is so much easier to convince a bar owner to take a chance on us if their customers are already asking about us. We’re now offering 4 different styles, 2 of which we’ll be making year-round (Dragoon IPA and Stronghold Session), 1 seasonal release (Saison Blue), and 1 specialty release (The Uno).
On June 22, we drove up to Flagstaff for 2 firsts: our first Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild Meeting and our first beer festival (Made in the Shade). We’re looking forward to more of both. The beer festival was particularly rewarding, because it was really the first time we stood in front of a big crowd that didn’t specifically come to the brewery to see us. Beer festival attendees can be brutally honest, and I’m happy to report that we received way more compliments than not. This was also the first time that we got to meet (in person) many of the brewers from around the state that have offered advice and assistance during our start-up phase. We owe a big thanks to Michael, Urs, Dave, Sharon and Lauren from Mother Road Brewing, and to the folks at Lumberyard (especially Evan & Gene) for all their help.