This saturday, 11/16/13, we will be having our 2nd ever beer tasting and tour at 3pm. The beer tasting is free, but if you would like to recieve the tour and get the tasting glass it is $5.
Roughtail Brewing Company was recently featured on KFOR, the local NBC affiliate news channel. We discussed our new bottle release, the begginings of the brewery and our wort transformation we did for homebrewers. Here is a link to the video. Hope you enjoy.
Roughtail Brewing Company has just released their double IPA called Hoptometrist. The beer clocks in at 10% ABV and over 100 IBU's. Hoptometrist should start hitting the shelves beginning July 31st, just in time for IPA Day on August 1st.
Homebrewer's bring your carboy's, some food and a get ready for a good time. Roughtail will be hosting the first annual Roughtail Wort Transformation event to celebrate the conclusion of craft beer week. We will be brewing up wort in the style of an American Pale Ale, and we will leave you to do the rest. The wort you will receive will be around 1.050 OG and will have approximately 35 IBU's of neutral bittering hops. You choose what to do with it after that. On July 21st we will reconvene to taste what everyone has come up with.
Oklahoma City, OK – Roughtail Brewing Company has announced they are hosting a launch party for their new brewing company on April 1st at Tapwerks, 121 E. Sheridan, Oklahoma City.
We have been doing a lot of repairs or have required contractors to perform some work for us be it plumbing, electrical, concrete or HVAC. Outside of plumbing, everything else has been very difficult to find good help. Concrete was the worst. We called six contractors and 3 showed up. 1 took a week longer to get us a quote and one was extremely expensive. The others that I talked to who didn’t even show up said they were weeks out. We did eventually find a reliable and affordable concrete guy through a referral, so it did eventually work out.
So quite a bit has happened in the formation of the craft brewery known as Roughtail to this point, so I want to fill you in on where we started and how we got to where we are now. For me it started rather serendipitously. I was visiting Munich after a summer internship in Europe, and absolutely fell in love with the culture surrounding the beer. Aventinus made by Schneider & Sons really made a large impact on me. I decided then that I wanted to make home brew.
After the realization that an SBA loan was not going to happen we realized we started to rethink the way we planned on raising the money. Now knowing that we could probably raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 from the bank, and not the $575,000 like the SBA told us, we needed to find the rest of the money from investors. Now, as I have mentioned in a previous blog, we projected needing $720,000. This estimate was extremely pessimistic. It covered a year of getting setup and another year of expenses should we not sell any beer at all.
With the difficulty in raising enough money to cross the threshold into feasibility in Dallas we started to look into ways that we could make the brewery happen in OKC. The problem with going with anything less than a 15 barrel system is you really start to spin your wheels as it becomes very difficult to grow the business organically. You spend all your efforts trying to keep up with brewing and your net cash proceeds aren’t enough to make upgrading to a larger system possible.