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Samsquamch – 2016 Gold Medal recipient

We are excited to announce that Territorial Brewing Company has won a GOLD medal for Samsquamch Block Party at The Best of Craft Beers in Bend, Oregon. This award was given in the Historical Beer category for Samsquamch’s “Delightfully smokey sourness that best illustrates the Lichtenhainer style”. Naturally, we’ve surrendered this medal to be hung on our mascot and fearless leader… Read more →

Join us for our New Year’s Eve Celebration! We will be hosting a party on December 31st. Tickets will be $50 each, included in the ticket price, we will be serving a four course Surf n’ Turf meal, two short beers of your choice and a Cereal City Champagne toast at midnight. There will also be a silent auction for… Read more →

Our Story

In a world that yells at us to reinvent and pioneer, we are here to bring the Battle Creek beer experience into a new territory. Come join our quest for legendary conversation and quiet reflection, for epic triumphs and notable disasters in karaoke and trivia. And at the center of it all, German-inspired beer and cuisine crafted with our city’s… Read more →

Tanks for the Memories

It’s been longer than we wanted since our last blog post. This isn’t for lack of exciting things to share. Life is busy and things are happening quickly. Brewery equipment is beginning to arrive, with new pieces of the puzzle coming almost every day.

Last week, our serving tanks finally made it. This was our first large delivery of equipment. We unloaded 8 serving tanks, HLT (hot liquor tank) and filter. It was a busy day.

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The driver, Phil, was a great help.

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Phil, Charles, and I managed to get everything off the truck without a forklift, thanks to the liftgate.

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Charles and I were able to muscle everything into the building.

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Our lenticular filter is taller than Charles.

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You can get a good look at a brite tank by sticking your head up its manhole, but wouldn’t you rather just take the brewer’s word for it? Really, I’m checking the welds and looking for dings, dents, and cracks. These tanks have come a long distance to get here, by boat, train and truck.

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Charles is in a forest of stainless steel.

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You’re not seeing double. It’s always a great idea to have a backup pump. These 1hp Thomsen pumps came yesterday. I wired them and mounted them on some cheap carts. We’re still pinching pennies and doing our own work wherever we can.

Much more to come.

Shiny new Stainless

Shiny new stainless

Today was a fun one. I went on a little road trip to check out our serving tanks, which just arrived in Ypsilanti. We’re going to cram 8 of these bad boys into our walk-in cooler. These, along with kegs, will supply 12 taps in our tavern.

In other news, we were notified that our Federal Brewer’s Notice has been approved. We’re well on our way and it won’t be long before this tank is filled with delicious lager.

Raising the Bar

Earlier this week we picked up a load of reclaimed lumber from the Edison Neighborhood Association Go Green Deconstruction Project Warehouse in Kalamazoo.

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We got some 2 x 12 floor joists with nice patina to make the bar top and other features for the tavern. The pieces were a bit long for my dad’s little pickup, but we made it back to Battle Creek safe and sound. We made the bar top from two of the pieces and we’re really pleased with how it turned out.

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While I love the lumber, it also feels good to help the Edison Neighborhood Association deconstruct abandoned, condemned or other-wise blighted properties. It saved us a lot of money on lumber too. Gotta keep pinchin’ pennies.

For information on the Edison Neighborhood Association and the Go Green Deconstruction Project Warehouse, go check out their website.

New Doors to Open

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This may not look that exciting to you, but to me it’s beautiful. We just got a new door installed earlier today. Actually it was already a door, but now it’s much wider. What makes this so exciting? Well, we had to do this because some big shiny stainless steel tanks will be arriving soon and we needed a bigger opening to get them into the building. There is still a long, LONG way to go but it’s nice to pause for a moment and recognize physical evidence of progress.

A Big Week for Licensing

This week, Charles, Rob and I went before the Springfield City Council to get local approval for our Micro Brewer license from the State of Michigan. It was a very weird feeling when they started voting on our resolution. We had been told not to worry that it would go great, but there’s something scary about sitting and being judged.… Read more →

More Equipment on the Way

It sure is getting exciting. We’ve definitely got some skin in the game now. We’ve ordered a boil kettle from Bennett Forgeworks in Ridgway, CO and 8 serving tanks from GW Kent in Ypsilanti, MI. We had been talking with GW Kent and were expecting the tanks to come in mid April. But then we ordered them and “SURPRISE!” they’re… Read more →

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