Monday, July 25, 2016

Island Brewing Company Seeks Beertender

Whew! It's been quite a summer. You people are thirsty! We're looking for a beertender!

Island Brewing Company has been brewing award winning craft beer in Carpinteria since 2001. We are seeking an uncanny combination of enthusiasm, beer-savviness, and stratospheric customer service in our tasting room for a bartender position. The candidate will come pre-wired with a sense of humor and a passion for craft beer.

Responsibilities include:
-Treating customers with utmost courtesy and care.
-Setting up tasting room and patio for the day
-Maintaining neat, orderly, and clean work and customer environment
-Stocking kegs, bottles, growlers, and merchandise
-Daily heavy lifting of 5-gallon (50lb) and 15.5-gallon (150 lbs)
-Learning and operating POS system
-Accurate cash and credit card transactions
-Being intimately familiar with Island Brewing Company beers and company history.
-Knowledge of the brewing process
-Cleaning tasting room, restrooms, and patio at the end of the night
-Grace under pressure; problem solving and thinking on your feet.
-Running cash register reports and daily reconciliation.

The ideal candidate has an understanding of craft beer culture, history and its current trajectory. We're looking for someone who has previous bartending experience and a positive professional attitude that can work as a team player. Nights, weekends, and some holidays may be required as work load and staffing dictate. Most of our current bar staff are Cicerone certified; a preference will be given to the candidate possessing this credential. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

T-minus 48 hrs till 15th Anniversary Kickoff

T-minus 48 hrs till our 15th Anniversary Party! Friday we release this beautiful Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale to commemorate this milestone.

A lot to tell: The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce
brings out the big scissors for our ribbon cutting and grand reopening. 5:30. Wear IBC logo ware and get 10% off your purchase. Oldest IBC t-shirt contest. And it's IBC alumni night: your old favorite bartenders and brewery staff return!
Sat: Bagpipe and Drum Corps enter at 12:00. We get down to bizness with a VIP tasting and Tinas Ports of Paradise Polynesian Dance Production 2-3:00. 15th anniversary ceremony 3:00 and we'll have Nesta steel drum & Caribbean band from 4-6 and SolTree
gets us grooving 6:30-9.
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: VIP beer tasting, our first ever Conch Blowing Contest and live music from South On Linden!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Island Brewing Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Island Brewing Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary

  Island Brewing Company will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a weekend of scheduled frivolity and a new Anniversary Beer release starting Friday, July 8 and running through the weekend to Sunday, July 10.

Owner and founder Paul Wright started as a homebrewer in 1991 after his wife Cheryl gave him a homebrew kit for Christmas in Novato, CA. He joined the local brew club and started winning awards. Soon he found himself president, heading up the Marin County Fair competitions, eventually winning runner up homebrewer of California. After burning up all the burners on the stove, was banished to brewing outdoors. He decided to take it a step further and took a job at Marin Brewing Company to learn the ins and outs of professional brewing.

The Wrights were familiar with Carpinteria—their three daughters went to UCSB, so the dream to open a brewery in an idyllic spot went into motion. After years of planning and dreaming, the brewery began in 2001 in the commercial buildings on the west end of Carpinteria Avenue, first as a production brewery that only serviced wholesale accounts. Island Brewing Company began bottling in 2003.  In 2005, a space in the former citrus packing warehouses opened and the brewery moved to its current ocean-view location on the tracks and opened its retail tasting room. “It takes a village to raise a brewery,” said Paul Wright of the journey. “We love being part of this community and brewing beer for this community.”

The plan to expand the brewery was initiated in 2013. Beset by hurdles of many kinds, the expanded tasting room and patio finally opened up in 2015, just in time for Avocado Festival, and work is underway to finish the additional restrooms. “It’s been a long haul, but the future is looking good,” says Wright. “It’s been great to be able to work with my daughter, Laurie Matthews and her husband Mark on a daily basis.  Ryan Morrill is heading up our brewing team with some great beers, we’ve got a solid sales and delivery team, and the beertenders in the tasting room are doing a top notch job.”

The fun starts Friday with a special beer release to commemorate the milestone, the 15th Anniversary Ale, a Strong Scotch Ale, with a limited release of a Bourbon Barrel-aged version.  A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce will follow next, celebrating what is by all respects a new chapter in the Island Brewing Company history.  Japanese Taiko Drummers will bring heart pounding rhythms, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Friday will also see a 10% discount on all purchases redeemable for those wearing vintage Island Brewing Company merchandise. There will also be an Oldest IBC T-shirt contest with prizes for our long time supporters.

Saturday, July 9 festivities begin with the bagpipe and drum corps at 12:00.  A VIP Beer Tasting runs all day, $20 for a souvenir goblet and five samples of our most special beers.  Saturday, Tina’s Ports of Paradise Polynesian dancers perform, we’ll hold our 15th Anniversary Ceremony, the Nesta Steel Drum Band brings island vibes, and SolTree brings the grooves.

Sunday, July 10th features a second round of VIP Beer Tastings. We will have a Conch shell blowing contest and live music from South on Linden to round out the weekend.

See you then if not sooner!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Flight of the Cormorant reading; boats, beer, adventure!

We’ve got a keen interest for all things nautical, especially those that bring adventure, boats, and beer together: Christian Beamish built a boat in his garage and set off to find surf along the coast of Baja. He tells of his adventures in Patagonia's The Voyage of the Cormorant. He, and with a little finagling, the boat, and some books, will be in the brewery June 16th at 7:00 for a reading. Mark your calendars and get ready for  seafaring tales of adventure!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Beach Day Session IPA has arrived!

Hear ye, hear ye! Beach Day Session IPA is now in bottles! Galaxy, Mosaic, and Experimental hops for 4.7% abv and 54 IBUs! Variance#12 has arrived! 

Fresh is best, turn over for the date the beer was bottled. Pro tip: best done before opening!

Monday, June 6, 2016

15th Anniversary Party! July 8-10th!

15th Anniversary Party!

Save the Date! We're having our 15th Anniversary Party July 8-10th. Music, special beer releases, celebratory ceremony. Details to follow, but to suffice to say it will be an event not to be missed! Watch this space!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

American Craft Beer Craft Week 2016, May 16-22!

American Craft Beer Craft Week 2016, May 16-22!

It’s that time of year when craft breweries big and small embrace one week of frivolity and festivities of all things beer related. Island Brewing Company will join thousands of breweries across the US in celebrating the culture and community of craft beer. This year’s lineup at promises to be an engaging one, from a new specialty beer release everyday, tournaments to live music. In short, we’ve got a week ahead that will be one to remember. Here’s what’s on tap:

Monday, May 16: Crafting with Craft Beer: We break out the sparkles, glue, scissors, sharpies, and get crafty decorating pint glasses, making one of a kind coasters and more. You’ll be accessing your inner preschooler with a craft beer in your hand. Sounds fun, because it is. This is a kid friendly event, so come get your shellac and glitter on! Belgian beer lovers will rejoice as we tap a keg of our Belgian Quad.

 Tuesday, May 17: Beer Trivia and Live Music: Test your knowledge, or lack thereof in our annual American Craft Beer Week beer trivia contest. There’s a lot to know about beer, and what better way to learn about beer, than to have a beer while you’re learning about it. We’ll also have Carpinteria’s own Dry and Dusty serving up the Old Time music. The Belgian theme continues as we tap a keg of Belgian IPA.

Wednesday, May 18: 5th Annual Rock Paper Scissors Tournament: You already know the rules, now it’s time to apply your knowledge, reflexes and inner inscrutable force of will. This is nothing short of a hilarious, high stakes event. Hopefully you have been training for it. We’ll work through two brackets of 16 to find who will be crowned the RPS Champion for 2016. Hope you like Bourbon Barrel Aged Jubilee, because we’ll tap a keg of that deliciousness.

Thursday, May 19: Brewer’s Appreciation Night: Meet and greet the guys in the back who make it possible, our brewers. We love these guys, and have the feeling you do too. This is a great time to say ‘Thanks’ for the bottling, keg cleaning, brewing, filtering, scheduling, lifting, and on and on. We’ll also debut our first ever Open Mic Night. So that will be a great excuse for you to show the world your hidden talents. We are looking forward to that. We break out the cask engine and start pulling pints of the first sneak peak of our Anniversary Ale.

Friday, May 20: VIP Tastings We raid the barchives and open up some super select Bourbon Barrel Aged beers from yesteryear and beyond. Your palate is about to find another dimension, space is limited, so sign up early. Friday’s featured beer is the one and only almighty Russian Imperial Stout, RISistance.

Saturday, May 21: Beerapalooza: Fresh, local beer meets fresh, local, live music for a day of fun with friends new and old. We’ll have four bands, including the Ben Wilmore Quartete and Carpinteria's own Skamakazie.

How to top Friday’s beer selection? Well, it won’t be easy. But a keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged RISistance just might do the trick.

Sunday, May 22: Beer Bingo: Sit back, relax, and let the chips fall where they may. There’s nothing quite like drinking a beer and winning a prize. Live music with Rick Reeves will put the finishing touches on what is sure to be a great week. That rare animal the Belgian Quad will make a final appearance. 

So come one and all, you will be glad you did!