Two craft breweries emerging as favorites among Sacramento-area beer lovers madesignificant announcements this week.
Out of Bounds tweeted Monday that they were in the process of bottling 600 total cases of their Elevation 6225 Pale Ale, Rusted Butte Red Ale and Railrider Black IPA.
Out of Bounds Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Anthony Brown said the timing couldn't be better. Despite being less than a year old, the tap room is regularly jammed and stretching to accommodate surging demand on draft alone, Brown said.
"We're going to be releasing bottles of our beers three at a time on a rotational schedule," Brown explained. "We only have three conditioning vessels so we can only do three at a time."
Mraz Brewing owner and brewmaster Mike Mraz faces even greater capacity restrictions but demand for two popular selections at the El Dorado Hills tap room have sparked the bottling process into action.
"We did a small test run of 25 cases of the EDH IPA," Mraz said. "We also did 50 cases of our Window of Opportunity Belgian [Tripel] which is bottling conditioning for the next one to two weeks."
The release of the Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)and Tripel in bottles are the first of several slated for the next six months or so. Mraz said he plans to bottle a number oflimited releases and other Belgian ales, a style for which he is becoming recognized beyond the boundaries of the Sacramento region.
Out of Bounds also plans to issue limited release bottles down the road, but their immediate future will be dedicated to getting their house beers out to the public. Following the rollout of the Elevation 6225, Rusted Butte and Rail Rider, Out of Bounds will be bottling their Joryider IPA, Granite Chief Stout, Prophet Oak Aged Stout, Big Gun Chocolate Maple Porter and Bad Ass Bitter. All will be available in 22-ounce bombers at the brewery, as well as at local craft beer bars like Final Gravity, Capitol Beer and Tap Room, Boneshaker Pub and specialty stores like Whole Foods and Nugget.
"We just signed a contract with Musseter Distributing, so we'll be on the shelves from Tahoe to Benecia," Brown said.
For now, Mraz Brewing is keeping its distribution range a little closer to home, offering its bottles at the brewery and on a more limited basis at Final Gravity in Roseville, Mraz said.
The EDH IPA will be available at the brewery beginningThursday night at a specialrelease party. The Out of Bounds selections are available at the brewery now.
By Paul Janes