In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 14th – 20th, 2012) we thought it would be fun to share one of CSR’s extracurricular arts: Crafting Beer. Many of the fine folks at CSR share a love for craft beer. In 2007, a small group of CSR employees gathered together to pool their beer making experiences, learning from each other and moving forward in the art of brewing. Over the years, the “Brew Crew” has grown to what it is today: “Bad Bird Brew”.
Bad Bird Brew (so named after CSR’s mascot) currently brews 15 gallon batches of beer for employees and family to enjoy. From IPAs, Pumpkin Beers, and Scottish Ales… to Coffee Stouts, Stouts, Pale Ales, and a Bourbon Barrel Porter. Our real passion, however, is the possibility to incorporate native plants into the brew. This spring we started experimenting with a native grass seed, great basin wild rye. This first test batch will be followed by many more as we formulate a perfect native beer recipe. When it comes to brewing Native Beers, the sky is the limit! And we look forward to the taste testing.
Photos of CSR’s Steven and Starla Paulsen, along with CSR’s Brew Master, Rich Drick.