Yellow Springs Brewery couldn’t ask for a better first year. The production brewery and tasting room won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, brewer Jeffrey McElfresh was profiled on the Brewers Association website and Beer Advocate magazine named it as one of the “Class of 2013.”
Not bad publicity for a little seven-barrel brewery in little Yellow Springs. As the brewery celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, owner Nate Cornett admitted it's been an incredible first year.
“The biggest thing we learned is we have to make more beer,” he said. “That’s been a challenge and it’s been stressful trying to find the capital to keep growing.”
Yellow Springs is in the process of growing. The brewery is adding two 15-barrel fermenters and a 15-barrel bright tank. The plan also is to turn its seven-barrel brewing system into a 15-barrel system.
The brewery has acquired about 1,000 square feet in a separate building for storage and upgraded to a “state-of-the-art draft system” in its popular tasting room. In the past, workers had to haul kegs from the brewery side into the tasting room.
“When it’s shoulder to shoulder in here and there’s a line out the door, it’s kind of ridiculous to run back for a six-barrel that’s going to last all of 15 minutes,” Cornett said. “The taproom is really where you come to experience the whole vibe of the brewery and hang out and we want to make that as nice an experience as the beer itself.”
The official anniversary for the taproom is April 13. But Cornett has been so focused on expanding the brewery and going to Colorado for this week’s Craft Brewers Conference that there hasn’t been time to plan an anniversary party.
That will have to wait until later in the month, he said.