Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beginning of the End

The word about the impending demolition of the New Old Lompoc is, by this time, pretty well known. We still have no firm date as to our last day, but trust me when I say that everyone will know and we will undoubtedly send the Old Lompoc out with a bang. On the brewery side of things, we've started dialing down the brewing operations, and have more than likely brewed the last batches of our year round beers at the New Old Lompoc brewery. The NOL brewery will mostly be used for research and development of new beers, such as our ongoing Hop Secret program up until the end. (Hop Secret #2 is on tap now and #3 should be out in the next few weeks)

On a personal and bittersweet note, this week marks my last week with Lompoc Brewing, as I'll be leaving to become the Head Brewer at Pints Brewing Company, set to open this spring in Oldtown. My last batch at New Old Lompoc will be an old ale I've dubbed New Olde Ale that we plan to barrel age using the solera method, so that beer from the New Old Lompoc will always be around. Legendary Lompoc head brewer Dave Fleming will be taking over brewing operations at New Old Lompoc and may actually get a chance to brew his famed Honey Jalapeno Lavender Lager. This blog will carry on, with owner Jerry Fechter taking over the reigns. Thanks to all the loyal Lompoc fans out there. Cheers!

-Zach Beckwith

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