First Year of Beer: Valiant Turns One

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since we, at Valiant Brewing Company, first opened our doors to the public. When Brian (head brewer and owner) first started brewing delicious craft beer, he did it as a hobby from a Mr. Beer kit at home. His first priority, at the time, was drag racing and working on hot rods. Well, that’s since changed. In 2007 we started to make the transition from hobby home brewers to commercial brewers. Brian completed the Master Brewers program from the American Brewers Guild in 2010 and on February 9th of last year we officially opened for business as Valiant Brewing Company in Orange, California. Hot rods are now on the back burner and craft beer has become our passion and our priority. It’s been a journey unlike any other and we are so glad we chose to take this ride.

Brian commented on our evolution from home brewers to a commercial brewing operation saying, “It’s been a long road,” but he added, “It’s very rewarding.”

As a brand new brewery, we were so pleased to be named Orange County’s Best Local Brewery in the 2013 Orange County Hotlist. We were also happy to see the list of friends and fans of Valiant Brewing Company continue to grow over the last year. We’re adding “regulars” to the Valiant tasting room everyday.

“Word keeps spreading,” Brian noted. “That’s the direction we need to continue to go.”

As demand for the unique craft beer of Valiant increases, our team is also expanding. While our staff grows, we continue to work to make Valiant Brewing Company a fun place to work, and a brand that each employee believes in and supports as much as we do.

“The biggest thing is making sure the employees are happy,” Brian said. “If they are happy, then we’re a better team and we do better.”

After all the learning and growing we’ve done in the last year, we’re ready kick our feet up and celebrate! We want to celebrate the new craft beer recipes we’ve developed at Valiant Brewing Company, we want to celebrate our amazing and helpful staff, we want to celebrate the fulfilment of our dream to brew great craft beer and most importantly we want to celebrate you – each and every one of you who has supported us and believed in us over the last twelve months. To do that we’re planning a shindig of epic proportions.

“I’m really excited,” Brian bursted.”We have a lot planned.”

Our Valiant Brewing Company One Year Anniversary party is set for Saturday, March 1st from 12 noon until 11:00 p.m. that night. We’ve got so many fun things planned, including a tribute to Brian’s hot rod days with more than 50 hot rods showing up for our very own Valiant Brewing Company car show in the Valiant parking lot. We’re partnering with several local car clubs to make this happen and we couldn’t be more excited. Of course, we could never have too many hot rods in front of the brewery. If you’ve got one to show off, bring it by and add it to our show. We’re expecting cars will be coming in and out all day.

We’ve also got a great photo slideshow planned that visually depicts Brian’s evolution from a home brewer to the head brewer of Valiant Brewing Company. The slideshow will play in the tasting room throughout the event. Catering the event is none other than world-renowned Chef Cody Storts of Hopscotch Tavern in Fullerton. We’re really fortunate that Chef Cody has graciously agreed to supply our anniversary guests with some of the finest food Orange County has to offer.

Most importantly, though, we couldn’t throw a craft beer party without some awesome craft beer. Brian has been brewing non-stop and is going all out for our anniversary festivities! We will have 26 beers on tap during the event. That’s right – 26. These recipes will include several barrel-aged versions of some of your favorites. We’ll have a barrel-aged First Flight on tap. This American Strong Ale has an alcohol content of nearly 14% (it’s a big one) and has a slight herbal aroma that we combined with light coconut, vanilla and mild caramel highlights. Among the list of other barrel-aged goodies you’ll find on tap will be a barrel-aged version of our Axiom Trappist Ale. This 10.5% ABV Ale has a Graham cracker aroma with malty highlights and notes of cherry, raisin and spice! We’ll also have all our regular beers on tap for those who’ve already chosen their favorites, as well as some beers that have disappeared from our list – those beers will be making a comeback for our special event. Brian is also working on some special new recipes he’ll unveil on March 1st. You won’t want to miss out on these rare and exciting concoctions. For those who can’t decide, we’ll have different packages and flights available so you can taste them all!

We just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last year and who have helped us become Valiant Brewing Company. Without your support we wouldn’t be where we are today. We hope you’ll stop in on March 1st between noon and 11:00 p.m. and celebrate with us at Valiant Brewing Company. We’d love to see you!

Continuation from CUP day…

No the story wasn’t finished for our CUP day, remember our next task was to head over to the police department to hand them a fat check and according to Orange planning department, fill out some paper work (AMP).

 

All was good, excited that we started the paperwork, talking about what the future holds for VBC, checking out the local street scene as we drive only a couple miles to where I thought the police station was. Located right off Chapman, I turned into the parking lot to the sight of an indoor shooting range and a HUGE sheriff’s badge over hanging an opposing building. That said, however I thought I’d scope out the place before taking the family out of the car because we were noticing that printed on the main doors of the police building that it said “Training Facility”. I really thought nothing of it until I walked inside and it smelled like a gym locker. Needless to say, we were nowhere near the right location. Just as I was figuring this out, my family walked inside. I quickly grabbed a phone number of the local police station from an assistant working there and walking back to our car I asked my wife, give me the keys. She looked at me “you have them”. No sure don’t, there they are in the ignition!

 

So there we are, keys locked in the car, kids are now starting to get a little upset from being taken out of the car so many times, we haven’t made one step closer to getting this AMP thing filled out and it will be 5pm in a couple of minutes. Luckily we had our phones ready and AAA was close by to assist us to slim jim our car open in front of the police station – this shot says it all.

 

 

 

We eventually got back in our car, thank you Mr. AAA dude, and found out that the police department which we wanted to go to was right down the street; yeah we drove past it coming to this place – go figure!

 

The visit to the police station has a humorous twist to it as well since the lady assisting us had no clue of what we needed. She was trying her best as we gave her the City’s instructions on our CUP paperwork. Around and around we tried to get the “paperwork” we needed, finally we figured out all she needed was a copy of our receipt from the city and money. Feeling like we just got taken advantage of, there goes another $1,600; we left with understanding that we’d be contacted from an investigator soon.

So now here we are, waiting for the police department to conduct an investigation on us and local surroundings which should take them a minimum of 3 – 4 months, waiting for our CUP to be approved, what’s next? Time to start getting the brewery ready for action – can someone say floor drains! More to come…

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