MCMINNVILLE — Golden Valley Brewery launched its new coolship January 10. Brewmaster Jesse Shue repurposed a 100-plus-gallon stainless steel dairy vat, adding a drain valve at the bottom. Open-topped, the container will serve to inoculate wort with naturally occurring airborne yeast, a decidedly old-school approach to creating artisan beer. The use of coolships is gaining popularity among Oregon brewers.
“I’m excited to see how it turns out,” said Piper Gladwill, assistant brewer. “This is different, all-natural, old-school and a lot of fun.” Golden Valley manager Alex Kircher echoed Gladwill’s sentiment. “This is experimental,” said Kircher. “It’s going to be interesting to see what it will do.”
The wort will spend a day in the coolship before being transferred to barrels, where it will age for one to three years.