But you can also give some thanks to Nick Floyd for the formation of People’s Brewing Company. Nick provided Chris with encouragement in starting his own brewery and followed it up with advice that can only come from fourteen years of brewing and opening of three different brewhouses. Given that relationship, it is no surprise that Chris is leaving his mark on every beer he brews. Which explains why People’s Pilsner and Aberrant Amber are on the hoppy end of the pilsner and amber spectrums; why you can find smokiness in the non-smoked Fiddlin’ Willies Scottish Ale; and why the very hoppy Mound Builder IPA manages to maintain an American malt base. Chris takes each style and gives it a unexpected twist (“It’s not normal,” he told me, “but I think that may be trademarked…”).
In the brewery, you will find a 20 barrel brewhouse with 40 barrel fermenters. They are currently producing 50 to 60 barrels a month. There is also a bottling line waiting to be assembled. Chris hopes to have packages of 12 ounce bottles of their pilsner, amber, and IPA available for purchase in early 2011. The bottling line is able to change over to “bombers” as well, so 22 ounce bottles could be in People’s future.