Steel & Oak Turns 4

Hey friends!

Save the date as we will be throwing a Birthday Party once again this year.

SO4 will be on Sunday July 8th from 3-6PM and will take place in the parking lot behind our brewery.

For beer, we will have multiple beer stations set up to avoid lineups, including a Simple Things station for a quick crack and go can.

For food, our buddy Pete from Pete’s Meat will be doing up a backyard style BBQ of burgers, smokies, potato salad, and other goodies. Earnest Ice Cream will also be swinging by to help keep you cool.

For the kids, we will be bringing in two bouncy castles, face painting, sidewalk chalk and an S&O Lemonade Co. stand.

For music, Social Medium will be playing a DJ set from the “cage” comprised of vinyl they find in our Tasting Room collection.

We’ve made a bunch of changes this year to the overall flow of the venue in order to get you in and hydrated fast. Hope you can make it and thanks for all your support during our first 4 years!

Oh and keep a lookout for an all new Sapperton Anniversary Sour Lager this year. We’ve decided to give it a new look, and a bit of a new twist for 2018…

-Jorden

We’re Hiring: Accounting x Bookkeeping

WE WANT YOU!
Steel & Oak Brewing is looking for someone to take on many of the accounting and some administration duties for the brewery. This job will be diverse, but a required core competency is the ability to pay attention to details and some accounting/bookkeeping experience.
The role will initially include accounts payable, accounts receivable and administrative duties for the brewery, but the goal is to ultimately be responsible for all aspects of accounting. You will be part of a relatively small team and we are looking for someone who is flexible and will enjoy helping out in other areas when needed.
Email resume and cover letter to cheers@steelandoak.ca!

Food Truck Schedule: July 2018

With our recently approved 50 occupancy we now have the ability to bring back Food Trucks! We’re pretty excited about this and have created a list of Trucks and the dates they’ll be here so far in July. This list will change as we add trucks.

 

Sat. July 7th: Rolling Cashew, 2-8PM

Sat. July 14th: Hunger Management, 2-10PM

Sun. July 15th: Rolling Cashew, 2-8PM

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Tasting Room Manager

Steel & Oak is looking for someone to play first base for our company softball team and be our Tasting Room Manager!

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling staff and tip outs
  • Working Tasting Room shifts
  • Manage the maintenance and cleanliness of the Tasting Room
  • Work with our Brand Manager on Tasting Room programming
  • Set expectations and evaluations for our Tasting Room team members
  • Deal with supplies and inventory levels
  • Customer relations

This is a full-time position with benefits.

Please send a cover letter and resume to cheers@steelandoak.ca with “Tasting Room Manager” in the subject line.

*You do not have to play softball, but it is a lot of fun.

-Jorden

2017 A Year in Review

It’s 6am on December 31st, 2017. Our 2 year old son was up at 5:30am but my wife graciously decided to give me a sleep in today however I couldn’t get back to sleep as I find every year around this time I get stir crazy about what’s coming up next. Always looking forward. That’s how we work. Planning brews, hop contracts, marketing, beer launches, festivals to attend, staffing needs, etc.

It’s hard to look forward to 2018 without looking back on 2017. So here we go.

2017 was a crazy year for us. Every spring/summer we fall behind because we’ve never had enough capacity to keep up. So this year we were finally able to get some new tanks in before May hit and for the first time ever we were able to keep up with demand and at the same time create some cool new limiteds and stretch our legs a bit from a stylistic point of view.

We went big with the new tanks (all three make 10,000L each) because back to that “looking forward” stuff our long term goal was to switch our Flaghsip beers into can format. This was a difficult decision for us because although we believe that people would rather have a Red Pilsner in a 473ml can than a 650ml bottle the truth about cans are that they naturally move more volume so you have to go a bit bigger or risk disappointing people without being able to keep up. So we set ourselves up to do this and so far I’m happy we have.

We made 36 different beers in 2017. This sounds insane to me but we had a laundry list of new brews we wanted to try out and also recognize that craft beer lovers are always on the hunt for something new. Two of these beers were new flagships for us. Roselle Wheat Ale was the first. We had been working on this beer for about a year trying to get the perfect level of hibiscus and refreshing finish. We wanted to create a wheat beer that could be paired well with food and enjoyed all year. We feel that Roselle is just that!  Then late this year we launched Simple Things Pilsner. Simple Things is another beer that we’d been working on for a while. The concept was to make a true craft beer drinkers Pils. Something with the highest quality malt we could find, a full 6 weeks in the tank, and a slap you across the face bitterness. I personally believe that Simple Things will become the most popular beer we make in the coming years… but I’ve been wrong before.

Photo Cred: Eat With Mao

We were lucky enough this year to win 6 BC Beer Awards! This was the most we’ve ever won and along with our homies at Twin Sails it was the most any brewery won that night! On a personal level I was also fortunate to win New Westminster Business Person of the Year! There is nothing more rewarding than starting a business in your own hometown, especially a business that people seem to dig and I hope that S&O proves to other soon to be entrepreneurs that our city supports new ideas and small businesses. Come here! Especially if you are a bakery or a coffee roaster….

2017 did bring challenges. There has been some confusion and a lot of red tape when it comes to our Tasting Room occupancy. We were under the impression that we were going to have 50 people allowed in our room before the summer of 2017 but this hasn’t been the case. It’s been frustrating for me personally and I know super frustrating for our customers who’ve had to wait to get in for a beer. If you’ve been by the brewery in the past week you’ll notice a couple new signs up in regards to zoning and my fingers are crossed that we will have 50 occupancy by the time summer 2018 arrives.

We’ve also been limited to what we can brew based on space. Light Industrial space (which we require) isn’t readily available in New West. It’s part of the reason why you don’t see a Brewers Row type situation in the Royal City. So we basically have the space we have now and need to make due with that. With the addition of the larger fermentation tanks we’ve had to shrink our barrel program and our bottle conditioned program is also a bit smaller than we’d like but it’s taught us to operate efficiently with space and time.

So what is 2018 going to bring?

Well my number one priority is to get that Tasting Room occupancy up to 50, with this increase I’m hoping that it will be more attractive for Food Trucks to set up shop again and will also allow us to do some cool stuff in the Tasting Room without running the risk of having a lineup of people waiting to get in. I want to make it a more engaging and fun space that people can feel confident coming to knowing that they can get in.

More community partnerships. Whether it be collaborating for events or setting pop up shops (for vinyl or beer) we are going to get even more active within New West.

Continue to innovate and perfect. Behind the scenes we are always continuing to perfect our recipes. We’ve just built a bigger lab and will be focusing on improving the longevity of our brews as well as creating new flavours for you to try.

IPA? So a big change for us this year is that yes, we are going to try to make sure there is an IPA on tap at S&O. This doesn’t mean we’ll be coming out with a year round IPA but it is part of the plan to rotate and create new IPAs often so that you do have something hoppy to try on tap when you come by. Selfishly this will also allow us to try a bunch of new IPAs and start to make decisions on where we would want our year round IPA to taste like. If we were to make one of course 😉

Things happen fast in our industry so I’m sure you will see many things I haven’t mentioned above.

I want to sign off by saying thank you. Thank you for coming to our Tasting Room and bringing your friends and family, thank you for being supportive, thank you for letting us know what you like (and what you don’t) and thank you for making Steel & Oak what it is today.

Cheers and all the best in 2018.

Jorden Foss and the S&O Family

 

Zusammen

“The voice of this Steel & Oak blog is normally mine, Jorden Foss. However, for this very special beer I’ve handed off blog duties to the women responsible for making this beer happen.” Cheers -Jorden.

Chances are high, if you come into the brewery for a beer, you’ll be greeted by one of the remarkable women that work here. At Steel & Oak, we pride ourselves on maintaining a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment for all and that starts with our staff. The beer industry is predominantly male, especially in the brewhouse, but we value the diverse members of our team, however they identify or whatever job they may have. Everyone is encouraged to make suggestions for new beers and get involved.

In that spirit, earlier this year, staff members Kristina and Heather brewed a small batch of beer for the Siris Cask Festival, put on by Tri Cities Cask Festivals, which celebrates the women in the craft beer industry. It was a great success! Siris was the initial inspiration for the female identified staff at the brewery to brew a beer as a collective. This exciting endeavor came to fruition in November and we spent a wonderful day together brewing “Zusammen”. Zusammen is a German word meaning “together”, which we found to be the perfect word to embody our intention behind this beer. Throughout the brewing process we found ourselves saying to each other, over and over, ‘I’m so glad we are doing this together’.

Zusammen is a fig and cardamom stout, made with figs that we collectively crushed by hand. What better way to be hands-on in the creation of a new beer?

 

In the wake of the #metoo movement, we recognize that we all need to work harder to create safe spaces for women, femmes, trans, and non-binary folks. This needs to be done through education on how to prevent sexual harassment and assault, especially where alcohol is a factor, and that free and enthusiastic consent is mandatory. At Steel & Oak, we firmly believe that everybody should be able to enjoy a beer (or lemonade!) in peace and we are very happy to be able to provide a safe, positive place for all to come and enjoy a drink, alone or with friends, without fear or judgement. We enforce a policy of zero tolerance for harassment of any kind and we encourage others to do the same.

Partial proceeds of this beer will allow us to support the following organizations: WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre and Good Night Out Vancouver

WAVAW

In 1982, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre formed in response to the need for sexual assault services.

WAVAW connects survivors to healing through one-to-one counselling, support groups, victim services, a 24-Hour Crisis Line, 24-Hour accompaniments to the hospital, and culturally proficient services for Indigenous survivors.

Today, WAVAW’s waitlist for one-to-one counselling services is currently 18 months long. That’s like calling an ambulance, and then waiting for 18 months for it to arrive. It’s unacceptable, and this is why we are raising money today: we want to connect survivors to the services they need, when they need them.

WAVAW’s vision is for a society where all women are free from violence.

Good Night Out

Good Night Out is an international organization dedicated to providing the nightlife industry with the capacity to respond to and prevent harassment and sexual assault within licensed venues.

Good Night Out Vancouver was founded out of an awareness of the links between alcohol consumption and sexual aggression and initiated from community concerns that staff and patrons in Vancouver’s licensed venues could benefit from education around how to recognize, interrupt and prevent sexual harassment and assault on nights out.

Good Night Out uses recent research on gendered violence, bystander intervention, and anti-oppressive techniques to create a variety of original educational tools, interventions and messaging aimed at reducing gendered and homophobic harassment and violence in our city’s arts, culture and entertainment scene. They work with anyone with any form of liquor license     (restaurant, primary or even a one-night event), as well as offering training to community groups and university campuses, to help ensure more Good Nights Out in our city.

The work that Good Night Out has done in Vancouver has been presented on a local and international scale, with our team being looked to as experts in the field of violence against women.  You can learn more on their Facebook at Good Night Out Vancouver.

To find more information on these organizations please go to:

http://www.wavaw.ca

http://www.goodnightoutcampaign.org

Now that you know about the organizations we will be supporting, we would like to formally invite you to our Zusammen launch party and fundraiser! On December 21, join us at The Terminal Pub. During our launch party, Terminal Pub will be donating $1.50 from each pint of Zusammen sold to the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre. In addition, Good Night Out Vancouver will be leading a presentation about how to be an active bystander when you are out and about. All proceeds from our raffle and silent auction will be donated to WAVAW and Good Night Out Vancouver. Thank you, Terminal Pub!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

In solidarity,
The women of Steel & Oak

New Merch!

We brought in some rad new merch for the holiday season. See the new tees, crews, toques, and stocking stuffer ideas below.

All items can be purchased at our brewery, 1319 Third Ave., New Westminster, BC.

Merry Christmas!

Stocking Stuffers

Find below some awesome stocking stuffer ideas we have for the Craft Beer lover on your list.

All items are available via our brewery at 1319 Third Ave., New Westminster, BC.

Merry Christmas!

Simple Things in 6 Packs

Some breweries get fired up over launching an IPA. At Steel & Oak we get fired up over launching a Pilsner.

But this isn’t the type of Pilsner you’re probably used to…

Simple Things is simple in ingredients but by no means is it simple in flavour. We’ve brought in Weyermann Barke Pilsner malt from Germany combined with a collection of Noble hops to create a refreshing aromatic German-style Pilsner with an incredible mouthfeel and a crisp bitterness on the finish. It’s the kind of Pilsner we want to drink.

We first launched Simple Things in tall cans to see if people enjoyed it as much as we did. And they did! So we decided it’s something that we definitely want to have available all year.

Simple Things will be the first 6 pack from us and will stand alone from the S&O Flagship lineup. However, it may not stand alone forever…

Simple Things Pilsner is shipping out now and will only be available in select Metro Vancouver liquor stores and our brewery to start. You will also be able to find it on tap at Darby’s Kits and Darby’s Gastown starting this Friday!

 

 

Eleven Boroughs

Okay so this one may cause some debate. Not because of the beer, but because of the name.

First, the beer. Eleven Boroughs is an India Pale Ale. Which I’m told from a couple sources is a very popular style of beer these days. We’re going to make more of these. It’s time. We’ve waited long enough and to be honest I’d like something hoppy that I can take home out of the work fridge.

Eleven Boroughs is hopped with Mosaic, Equanot, Simcoe and Citra for a bright citrus aroma and a juicy tropical fruit flavour. We threw in some pilsner, oat and wheat malt and it swings in at an easy going 5.5% and 44 IBU.

Second, the name. This is where I’ll take the most heat from New West residents. We named this beer after the Eleven Boroughs of New West. Well, at least what I feel are the eleven true neighbourhoods of the Royal City.

The are as follows:

  1. Queensborough
  2. Connaught Heights
  3. West End
  4. Brow of the Hill
  5. Uptown
  6. Downtown
  7. Glenbrook
  8. Queens Park
  9. Victory Heights
  10. Sapperton
  11. Quayside

This can has caused much debate at the brewery about which neighbourhoods are on this list, which ones are lumped together in a larger neighbourhood, and which ones are left off, but we all agree it’s a great tasting beer.

Eleven Boroughs will be available in the Eleventh Borough today! (And yes, that means available at the brewery)

Cheers,

Jorden