On a cold, February Thursday night, Brett, my brew partner and I, drove and hour and change to Plains, PA to visit nanobrewery Breaker Brewing Co. (website). This was my first and Brett’s second trip down to see the two year old, 3.5 barrel commercial garage brewery. Previously, Brett had purchased three 1/2 barrel kegs that soon became our keggles, which we now use to make 10 gallon batches of our delicious beer.
We arrived as the co owners, Mark and Chris were preparing to keg a batch of beer. We knew we were in the right place when we saw their delivery Scion XB. We were welcomed inside where they were working. With their own homemade kegging and carbonation systems, the whole process seemed to go off without a hitch and as easily as can be. Simplicity in solid DIY systems for the entire brewing process seems to be the key to their ability to balancing time with full time jobs and families. They make seven beers in their year round portfolio and five more seasonal offerings. They are available on tap at bars and in 22oz bottles at bottle shops around Scranton and Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (BBC Beer Finder)
We had gone to the brewery in hopes of having a few questions answered in regards to the opening of our nanobrewery, Black Heart Brewery. Specifically, we are about to order some brand new 1/6 barrel kegs, and wanted to know how they liked theirs. We heard what we hoped we would, and are placing an order very shortly. After we got our first round of questions out of the way and they wrapped up the kegging, we were served a few pints of their craft brew wares.
I have a sad confession to make; I did not take one picture of the beers. To remedy this, I promise to return to Breaker Brewing (with beers of our own labor to share), and take those pictures.
Up first for me was their Black IPA “Black Diamond”. Coming in at 5% ABV and 65 IBUs, this is a very approachable and drinkable beer. Up front on the nose is big oranges and dark chocolate. Like one of those chocolate oranges, if only they used real oranges. Bold roast up front, with a nice big lingering hop finish, with the simcoe standing out nicely for me. A very solid brew; I hope there is more when I come back.
Next was the Lunch Pail Ale with a solid 5.5% ABV and 55 IBUs. It is a very clean, classic northeast pale ale, with a balanced floral nose and a sweet toasty malt finish. One of their best sellers, and I can see why.
I was able to sample some of their winter ale that was made with ginger. It had a nice spicy kick to it, and although usually not my style of beer, this one was quite balanced and very drinkable.
He thank both Chris and Mark for all of their answers and we hope to check in again with them soon and exchange some beers. Enjoy some pics below. And be sure to follow Breaker Brewing Co