Shoe Tree Brewing opens in Carson City
Shoe Tree Brewing Company has opened the doors at their new brewery and taproom in Carson City. The brewery is owned and operated by brothers Jeff and Paul Young who began as homebrewers. In 2011, Jeff began volunteering at High Sierra Brewing Company to learn more about the art of brewing. Within a month he was offered a job as an assistant brewer. Two years later he took over as Brew Master. Paul began working as an assistant brewer for his brother at High Sierra straight out of college after obtaining a Business Management Degree from UNR. Within nine months, Paul acquired the role as Brewery Production Manager. Both brothers worked at the Carson City location until it ceased operations in April of 2014.
With the closing of High Sierra, Carson, the brothers started planning a new brewery for Carson City and space was leased in August of 2015. Ground was broken in April of 2016 to double the size the existing building to about 2,000 square feet. Jeff and Paul started brewing on-site this past February. The brewery is located at 1496 Old Hot Springs Rd next to Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint making food delivery quick and easy for those who would like a bite while enjoying local beer.
Show Tree wants to offer a mix of traditional and experimental brews. At their opening, they had seven beers on tap: Cream Ale, Vanilla Cream Ale, Root Beer Stout, Coffee Stout, IPA, Bavarian Honey Wheat and American Honey Wheat (see photo for descriptions). Local ingredients are used when possible with the addition of honey from Hidden Valley Honey and coffee from San Rafael Coffee. They are even looking into the possibility of using hot springs water from next door.
Paul Young said that they have not currently decided on a regular line-up of everyday beer. They are still gathering feedback and experimenting with some styles. Beer is currently only available at the taproom as a distributor partnership is still in the works. There are future plans to keg and bottle (22 oz.) for distribution in the area.
The brewhouse is currently a 7-barrel system that the brothers have been building for the past few years picking up pieces here and there from dairy, wine and beer manufacturers. Paul describes it as a “Frankenstein System” because of how it came together.
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