We are starting out small, due to financial limitations. We're currently using a small-batch "nanobrewery", what could be termed a "proof of concept" (i.e., legal but not sustainable) with a 1.5-barrel system. If we had our druthers, we'd be using a custom-designed 30-barrel brewhouse to make our ales, along with a canning line to boot. We plan to package straight out of the gates anyway, selling kegs of draught beer to bars and restaurants, and possibly bottles or cans to retail stores.
Orf Brewing is based in south Austin, in an area of town that is rapidly becoming a "brewery row" of sorts. (Can you say "brewery tour bus?") We work out of a 1500 sq. ft. bay in a warehouse strip populated by a such industrial small businesses as a motorcycle parts store, a custom woodworker, an auto body shop, and more. We do have a nice big tree out in front of our roll-up door that can potentially be used as a small beergarden.
As of March 2017, our beers are in the wild! Due to the small size at the outset, we are only able to supply a handful of bars in the Austin area. Our warehouse space (and beergarden!) will be open for tours and tastings on weekends or select weeknights once we have the whole production and sales processes smoothed out a bit.
THE MAN BEHIND THE BEER
Chris Orf--chief brewery officer, 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; played much basketball on the hard courts of the city; and worked for a massive advertising firm in Manhattan. His comic short films have screened in multiple festivals worldwide and garnered several awards. His versatile background in entertainment, performance, marketing, and science all contribute to his abilities to craft and subsequently market and sell new brews. He is also rather tall.