Ironfire Brewing Company – Ales for Outlaws
Last week, since it way National Beer Day, Jim and I decided to mosey on over to Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula, CA. We are usually a bit more organized but this day we actually just dropped in on the crew! We were fortunate that Greg Webb, the Vice President, happened to be around. Along with Aubree they were both pretty busy keep customer’s pints full and working on replenishing the quickly dissipating supply of beer. Greg was very gracias to spend some time and give us the run down on the brief but very successful history of Ironfire Brewing.
Greg along with John Maino are the leaders of the posse that make up Ironfire. Both with a pretty successful history with Ballast Point, officially opened in August, 2012. (After several years in the garage, perfecting their recipes) They currently have a total of 42 beers that can be pulled into the fold at any one time. Usually at the tasting room there are about 12 available via tasters, small or large portions. Currently there are no growlers. (Which is being done to ensure the availability of the beer to more people) In addition the flagship beers can be purchased in 22oz bottles as well.
As we took a seat at the bar, Aubree setup us up with 2 rows of samplers. This included their flag ship beers that including Gun Slinger Gold, Synner Pale, 51/50 IPA, 6 Killer Stout and Vicious Disposition. We also had samples of their less frequent but equally popular beers including Habanero Pale Ale, Prickly Pear Ale, Boomstick Brown and Cucumber ale. We also were treated to some Dead on Arrival IPA as well. Of these beers, the 51/50 is their best seller. Most of these were in the 5-6% ABV range aside from the Vicious Disposition. I was a bit disappointed that I did not get to taste the Outcast Dead Red. (Which is aged in a variety of Whisky and Bourbon barrels. (I was actually informed they were prepping for a barrel flight the following weekend) There is also some Rye barrels in the works as well!
All of the beers were excellent. You can taste care taken to ensure everything poured is spot on! My personal favorite was between the 51/50 IPA and the Habanero Pale Ale. Jim was also very impressed by most of the beers poured as well. They have some very big plans on expanding more of the styles offered, especially when it come to their barrel aged offerings.
Total projected sales for their first year is at 1500 barrels. There are about 150 accounts in San Diego along, these numbers will obviously keep growing. They are using local distribution as well as some self-deliveries as well. They brew about once a week currently on the big system.
Overall, this was a perfect pick for our National Beer Day stop. The tasting room has a very comfortable feel and the western / outlaw motif is fantastic. The beers are really amazing and it has something for everyone. They are posed to really do some great things! We look forward to another visit were we can really break down the intricacies of their offers. Until them, we hope everyone will stop by the tasting room in the meantime. The tasting room is open 5 days currently. For more info, hit their website at http://ironfirebrewing.com/ . For more pictures goto http://officialbeerblog.com/photo-gallery/?wppa-album=13&wppa-cover=0&wppa-occur=1