We will be starting out small, due to financial limitations. We're in the process of putting together a "proof of concept" (i.e., legal but not sustainable) 2-barrel system in a small garage-like space. If we had our druthers, we'd be using a custom-designed 30-barrel brewhouse to make our ales, along with a canning and bottling line to boot. We plan to package straight out of the gates anyway, selling both kegs of draught beer to bars and restaurants and bottles and cans to retail stores.
Orf Brewing will be based in south Austin, in an area of town that is rapidly becoming a "brewery row" of sorts. (Can you say "brewery tour bus?")
Estimated launch date: Summer 2013.
Chris Orf--owner and fizzionary. Orf has a Master's degree in chemistry from Oregon State University, home to a world-class hops breeding and research program. He has studied brewing and brewery operations at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Prior to moving to Austin in 2006, Orf lived in New York City for twelve years, where he homebrewed regularly; ran a small theatrical and film production company; and worked for a massive advertising firm in New York. His comic short films have screened in multiple festivals worldwide and garnered several awards. His versatile background in performance, marketing, and science all contribute to his abilities to craft and subsequently market and sell new brews.