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Terminal Gravity Tour
After we talked logging on this morning’s show at Terminal Gravity Brewing, we talked beer with head brewer Steve Carper and head bottler Amber Perkowski.
Steve came to Eastern Oregon from Humboldt, California; Amber hails from Montana. They’ve both been in Eastern Oregon for over two decades – though as Amber noted, “You’re not a true local unless your grandparents grew up here.” The duo lives and breathes beer at Terminal Gravity, and they were kind enough to give us a tour of their impressive operation.
First up was the bottling machine, which cost a cool 300 grand and bottles 18,000 beers a day.
Next was the keg storage room, where the famed IPA, along with ESG, Breakfast Porter, and others are stored.
Terminal Gravity's got over a metric ton of malt on hand in its warehouse. Head brewer Steve Carper says that half the malt for TG's IPA is shipped from England, while the other half is sourced from the Northwest.
TG brewer Nora poses with the machine that shares her name. All TG machinery is named for current or former workers.
Shelly Curtiss, the former mayor of Joseph (and a past TOL guest), works in TG's lab to keep the yeast happy, healthy and prolific. "We consider 'em (the yeast) employees," she says. "because they do most of the work!