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!

Valiant Beer and Cheese Tasting

In celebration of craft beer week, we are hosting a Beer and Cheese Tasting in addition to our Strong Ale Release Party! Friday May17th 6pm at the Tasting room.

brewery beer and cheese

Our line up of food and beer pairings! May 17th at the Brewery

Friday May 17th

6pm at the Tasting room.

Includes a flight of samples including a pre-taste of our Strong Ale.  Finger Foods and one pour of your choice.

Tickets Available Online and At the Door

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week!

Building and Permits

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to pour everything you’ve got into something that you truly feel is important? Well we are sure going through that right now! We recently met with an engineer to help us sign off our local city and health plans. We had a rough idea of what we needed, like tanks, plumbing, chiller, walk-in cooler, and things like that but then comes the book of  building code requirements. Wait I simply need to pause….
OK that was enough continue… the price more than TRIPLES! We are not talking about the triple that you and I know, Belgian triple, but dollar sign, everything has tripled in cost to get up and running. We are somewhat educated in the world of construction, but local and federal requirements are another thing that we just hadn’t considered much. But now we are! We’re sure those who are open right now as operating breweries understand.
We are so excited to be where we are at, everything that we’ve set our focus on since the beginning is finally happening. Valiant Brewing will be opening soon. However it is important not to underestimate the remaining inspections, permits, build outs, etc that we need to finish in order to open our doors. We are so close to presenting to the public when we might be open but we still need about one more month in order to gain the scope of remaining work. For example, we are presenting our brewery layout to the health department and the city building department next week. This is seriously the big leap we’ve been working with the health department, since the very beginning, with understanding their requirements, incorporating their requests and building the rest out to local building codes.
As a mile stone, we like to post a simple yet meaningful picture of the beginning life of Valiant Brewing Company. It took so long to find it and it is awesome, we are nearing the end of five months now, we were given an estimated 6months for our CUP.  So this is where everything starts and this helps us remember the beginning times and lets us look forward to another family brewery that aims to be unique, diverse, creative, challenge your taste buds and simply provide our customers an experience like one they never, ever have had. We’ve also been taking this “down” time to explore with pilot batches for our comprehensive line up of beers, making sure we’ve got them mastered.

We have rounded the corner, hang in there we really cannot wait to meet each and every one of you in person at our tasting room inside the brewery. Located by the yellow pole will be the area for our tasting room!
Also another shot for all you tech heads and beer geeks, that’s right we’ve got one big operation planned to service our customers.

One step at a time, one penny at a time, one step closer to opening!

Brian & Kelly Schroepfer

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