Tyler Brown is visiting New Zealand as part of the Beervana Portland Exchange
BeertownNZ: Tell us about Barley Brown's and how you got to be brewing there?
Tyler Brown: I started Barley Brown's Brew Pub in 1998 by remodelling a restaurant owned by my parents. I had no idea what I was doing, but managed to get a company to build me a four barrel (468 litre) brewery that would fit in the small area I had to work with. Barley Brown's is located in the small rural town of Baker City, Oregon. It's in northeast Oregon about 500km east of the beer mecca of Portland.
I started out by brewing the beers I wanted to drink, but were not readily available on our side of the state. The brewery at the pub could only produce about 350 barrels (41,000 litres) a year, so the vast majority of it was sold in-house by the pint. About four years ago we purchased a building directly across the street from the original pub, and added a second brewery. The new brewery is a 20 Barrel (2340 litre) JV Northwest Brewery. We still brew on both breweries.
BeertownNZ: You have a permanent range of 22 of your own beers on tap, across a wide range of styles. Is it a challenge to come with that many recipes, and to keep them all in supply?
TB: Starting in our early days our motto was "Brew what we want, drink what we can, and sell the rest". That attitude allows us to fill a lot of different taphandles. Our original pub has 11 of our beers on tap, and out taproom at the brewery has 22 of our beers on tap. It's common to have up to 33 different beers on at the same time.
BeertownNZ: Beer's great, we all agree, but are you hoping to try some other activities while you're in New Zealand?
TB: My wife is traveling with me, and while it appears that we have a full beer agenda, I'm sure we'll find some time to be tourists. I grew up racing off-road motorcycles, motocross, flat track, and raced the Baja 1000 once. Motorcycles and riding are still a passion of mine. If you know of any cool motorcycle shops or rides, please let me know!
Tyler Brown is coming to New Zealand a guest brewer for Beervana, Wellington, August 14-15