What do you get when you combine a Chemist and a Computer Programmer and add 10 years of homebrewing experience? A dream come true for two very inspired guys with a great love of beer! I&I Brewing is now in full swing and so far they are off to a great start! In a little over 7 months, Eric and Chuck have been able to get this operation off the ground and they are going full steam ahead!
Last night, their new brewery was packed to the walls with beer loving folks like myself. I would estimate there was atleast 100 people that came to visit this newest brewery in the Inland Empire. This is the first brewery opening I have attended that had 14 beers on tap, right off the bat! (And they can grow to 18, and probably will in the very near future) This includes Honey Cream, Imperial Pale Lager, Belgium Cranberry Wheat, Coconut Porter, Black IPA, Irish Red, Session IPA, IPA, Double IPA, Peach Wheat, Pale Ale, Extra Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Pekoe Tea Pale Ale. Of the 14 available, I was able to sample 7 of them. Honey Cream, Imperial Pale Lager, Belgium Cran, Coconut Porter, Black IPA, Irish Red and the Session IPA. All of these brews had there own unique flavor and were very well done. There are usually some first brews that just dont turn our right, but due to the attention to details these guys have, everything was spot on. Of the samples, I must say my favorite of the night was the Session IPA with comes in at just under 4.9% Alc. (Which was confirmed by having a full pint at the end of the event!)
I&I intends to focus on Small Batch Brewing (1/2 to 1 1/2 barrel) in order to be able to deliver many choices to it’s new found fans! The varieties will of course continue to change and rotate as they come up with more great ideas. They plan to primarily serve their beer out of the tasting room and in addition provide growler refiills. (The growlers are still are in route, we will keep you posted once they arrive!) Eventully, we could see them exand to Keg sales for both individuals and restuarants. I know there is already interest for this after just one night of business!
I apprecate the guys taking some time to chat on such a busy night. The will not doubt be successful in this venture! I look forward to a followup visit and to see the new ideas they come up with in the future.
For more info you can visit their website at http://www.iandibrewing.com or better yet, take a trip down to Chino and meet the crew and have a brew!
See our Gallery for additional photos of the event! http://officialbeerblog.com/?page_id=102&wppa-album=6&wppa-cover=0&wppa-occur=1
14175 Telephone Ave
Friday’s 4-9, Saturday 1-9. Also by appt for large groups!
If you are around the Inland Empire area tonight, I & I breweing will be having their Grand Opening. It should be a great event. Looking forward to trying to new brews and supporting some hard working local brewers with some great ideas! Hope to see you there!
We will post a recap in case you dont make it.
For more information, see our events page post.