Episode #98: Magic Factory from Council Brewing


NEW BREWERY ALERT!  Well sort of, we are at Magic Factory from Council Brewing.  Magic Factory is a brewery, they have a separate brewing license, but they don’t actually brew beer in this location.  If you are confused, don’t worry, so were Liz and Curtis Chism at first.  You’ll hear why on the show.


Like we just said, this seems like a new concept and even the TTB wasn’t sure at first how to handle this.  Liz and Curtis explain how they had to give back their license temporarily to create the Magic Factory.  The conversation moves into running Council for the last two years and how they feel very strongly about their staff and keeping everyone focused on working for them by trying to have everyone be full time.  We come back to the reason we are interviewing them and talk more about Magic Factory and open Council’s first bottle sour, Nicene.  They go through and explain all the hardware they have in Magic Factory, all the barrels, Foeders, and tanks.  Council is also doing some cool work and collaborating with breweries like Alvarado Street, Modern Times, and Toolbox.

We take a short break and come back with more beer.  We open up a future release called Lickable Staves.  That flows into one of their most popular beers, Beatitude and how it is made.  Curtis and Liz then talk about how cool it is to have distribution in multiple states and countries.  I bring up that Deadlock is one of those beers I have brought up to the Perfect Pour, so we also open a bottle on the show, a listener also wonders if they will brew more of it, see below. And we find out another future beer called Broken Wand and how it is made.  From there we go onto more listener questions.

Listener Questions

Mike Saharan – Can Deadlock be year round?  If you would blend two of the Beatitudes, which ones would you blend?

Ian Cheesman – Is there any fruit that is totally off the table to go into their Beatitude series? If so, what did it ever do to you to earn such scorn?

Nick Corona – If they could go back and change one thing during their first year starting up, what would it be?

In The News!

  • Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon – A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer.  Find out more in this article.
  • On the Tracks Brewery closes after 5 year (opened in ‘11), becoming the first to do so in ‘17.
  • Speedway Stout is now available in 16oz cans from Alesmith! The only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame makes its way into smaller packaging. Now, let’s demand 12oz!
  • Hildegard IIIPA from Benchmark releases on Feb 11.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster, Roger Smith, and Captain Eli!

Where to find our guests:

Council Brewing:
Twitter: @councilbrewing
Instagram: @councilbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/councilbrewing/

This episode was recorded at Council Brewing‘s Magic Factory.

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