Pioneering Pilot Brews: Odell Brewing Invests in New Five Barrel Pilot Brewing System

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In July, 2008, Odell Brewing unveiled its new five barrel Pilot brewing system. The equipment, which includes a new mash mixer/cereal cooker, lauter tun, brew kettle and fermenter, will replace the brewery's former Pilot brewing system.

Our CSU hops are fully mature, and even with a stormy spring, we're expecting nearly twice as much yield as last year

In July, 2008, Odell Brewing unveiled its new five barrel Pilot brewing system. The equipment, which includes a new mash mixer/cereal cooker, lauter tun, brew kettle and fermenter, will replace the brewery's former Pilot brewing system.

Odell Brewing's Pilot system has long been a platform for brewing innovation and education, and the new equipment will provide brewers added flexibility and creativity with its small batch brews.

The inaugural brew on the new Pilot system, Pre-Nup Pilsner, is a special wedding beer brewed by Odell Brewing employees Ryan King and Amanda Johnson. The couple, who met while working at the brewery and will be the fifth married couple at Odell Brewing, took time out from their regular duties to brew the beer. All brewery employees are offered the opportunity to brew on the Pilot system.

Brewer's will also use the new Pilot system to brew the third edition of the Hand Picked Pale Ale using local organic hops from Colorado State University. CSU graduate student and avid home brewer Ali Hamm has been cultivating the hops as part of her sustainable hop growing research. Hamm will help brew the Hand Picked Pale Ale on Odell's new Pilot system.

"Our CSU hops are fully mature, and even with a stormy spring, we're expecting nearly twice as much yield as last year," said Ali Hamm. "I'm excited to brew Hand Picked again with this year's hops."

Pre-Nup Pilsner, Hand Picked Pale Ale, and other Odell Brewing Pilot beers will be available for a limited time at the brewery's Tap Room.

Odell Brewing is a proud sponsor of the Cicerone Certification program and an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally:2008 North American Beer Awards - gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® - gold medal for IPA, silver medal for Double Pilsner, silver medal for Cutthroat Porter. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for IPA, silver medal for Easy Street Wheat, bronze medal for Extra Special Red. 2007 Stockholm International Beer Festival - bronze medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2007 Australian International Beer Awards - silver medal for 90 Shilling, silver medal for Cutthroat Porter, silver medal for Easy Street Wheat and bronze medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale.

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