That's Dan on the right. The goats really don't have anything to do with the brewery. They won't even eat spent malt, they are just there to eat the poison ivy – but who could resist such a picture?
Dan seems to jump hip-deep if not head-first into his projects, like timber-frame building (including the goat shed), and brewing. It started 5 years ago when he and his son got a homebrew kit for Christmas. Now he has federal and state licenses and even Certified Organic status for his beers.
Let's talk about the idyllic setting for a minute. Can you spot the brewery in this picture?
The little A-frame is one of three buildings left from when this woodsy enclave of a dozen houses was a Girl Scout Camp.
Now the small kitchen is a homebrew-sized 5 gallon brewery. Just enough room for a half-dozen fermenters, a brew kettle, a manual bottling line, and a pallet of empty bottles in the living room waiting patiently to be used.
Dan is making 2 beers right now,
- Country Mellow – Creamy sweet Pale Ale with Nugget hops. 8%
- Biker Brown – Thick and creamy with big cocoa/coffee type flavors over a light maltness. 9%
All of Wilbur Brewhause's beers are krausened and naturally carbonated to produce a bottle-conditioned product.