|NBC Hats off to Homebrewers Event|
|Custom Deschutes/NBC glasses!|
|Bus capacity, 37 midgets|
|Blue Blood Brewing Company|
|Blue Blood Barrels and RRs|
|RRBC at Zipline Brewing Company|
|Jim Engelbart and the Empyrean System|
After Zipline was Empyrean Brewing Company. Empyrean makes my favorite ESB. The Luna Sea ESB. They greeted us with our own Empyrean pint glasses to keep, and poured us pints of IPA and Winter Seasonal. We listened as Jim told us about their brewing system, and toured the brewhouse, fermenter rooms and even got to have some fresh beer straight off the fermenter. Which was really cool! The guys at Empyrean really treated us great. They had plenty of beer throughout the tour and went above and beyond for us. Really excellent of them! After we had our tour we went up to the private event room at Lazlo's. There we had dinner and drank more Empyrean beers. What a great place to have a craft beer event! Excellent food and craft beers with great people!
|Tom and Nick listening intently|
|Russ, and beer.|
|The crew at Empyrean|
|Beer from the fermenter|
After Empyrean and dinner. The group was pretty well lubricated. We boarded the bus to Modern Monks/ Misty's and headed to our final brewery destination. I was glad we were able to go enjoy a tour there. But I was not happy that we weren't able to be as attentive as we could have been for our final stop. The beer there was pretty good. But I don't think I was able to fully enjoy it as I should have. Most of the club was in the same boat. If we ever return I will make sure that Modern Monks is one of our first stops instead of our last. That way we can fully invest ourselves in the tour and have a fresh understanding of the beers.
Everyone made it home from the trip and home safely. It was a success for a first time taking a club on a "big bus trip" and everyone had positive things to say. I know that everyone had smiles on their faces and I didn't hear a single person speak of a bad beer all day. I'd call that a win!