Queen City Munich Dunkel Is Here!

We have SIX beers on tap at QCB this week, including our newest offering, the classic dark German lager, Queen City Munich Dunkel, just kegged today! It’s brewer Paul’s personal favorite – give it a try and it may become yours! Tasting room hours this week:

Thursday 3 – 7
Friday 3 – 7
Saturday 1 – 7
Sunday 1 – 5

On tap: City Beer (Kölsch), Duchess of Antwerp (Belgian Blond), Saint Amandus (Belgian Amber), Landlady Ale (ESB), Yorkshire Porter, and Munich Dunkel. World-class beer without the jet lag!

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Expanded Tasting Room Hours

Our tasting room will now be open on Thursdays! We will be serving flights of samples and filling growlers on the following days/times:

Thursday 3-7
Friday 3-7
Saturday 1-7
Sunday 1-5

We hope to see you soon!

QCB's City Beer, our refreshing interpretation of Kölsch, the great beer style of Cologne, Germany.

QCB’s City Beer, our refreshing interpretation of Kölsch, the great beer style of Cologne, Germany.

QCB’s Tasting Room Opens

After nearly two years of planning, building, and brewing, we are ready to pour!

After nearly two years of planning, building, and brewing, we are ready to pour!

We are excited to invite you to join us in QCB’s tasting room this weekend. Our hours are:

Fridays – 3 to 7PM
Saturdays – 1 to 7PM
Sundays – 1 to 5PM

We are located at 703B Pine Street in Burlington, right behind Swish Cleaning. Four new QCB beers on tap. 64 oz. growlers and 32 oz. bumpers to go. We hope to see you this weekend!

Filling Up Those Queen City Kegs

It was a full day at the brewery today as QCB’s first two Belgian-style brews, Saint Amandus Ale and Duchess of Antwerp, were deemed to have just the right amount of carbonation and were ready for packaging. The result – 66 kegs of Antwerp tradition, right here in the Queen City!

Filling three kegs at a time.

Filling three kegs at a time.

Don't spill any of the Duchess!

Don’t spill any of the Duchess!

The first pallet of kegs produced at Queen City Brewery.

The first pallet of kegs produced at Queen City Brewery.

Filling up the walk-in cooler. Two more brews, Landlady Ale (an ESB) and Yorkshire Porter will be kegged this week.

Filling up the walk-in cooler. Two more brews, Landlady Ale (an ESB) and Yorkshire Porter will be kegged this week.

Brewing Begins In Earnest

Saint Amandus, an Antwerp-style amber ale

Saint Amandus, an Antwerp-style amber ale

It has been a busy couple of months for everyone at Queen City Brewery. Our ongoing warehouse renovation is nearly complete, with the electrical and mechanical inspections out of the way, and the final inspection taking place very soon. We really are almost ready to open our doors and share our favorite beer styles with you.

Our first batch, the Antwerp-style Amber, Saint Amandus (named after the patron saint of brewers), is being chilled prior to filtration and kegging. Its sibling brew, the Duchess of Antwerp, is a Belgian blond. It has finished fermenting and is presently conditioning for a bit.

The Duchess of Antwerp

The Duchess of Antwerp

These two brews were followed up by our ESB and Porter, both inspired by the wonderfully balanced ales of Yorkshire, England. And we will brew our City Beer (a Kölsch-style ale) this week, and the first of several German lagers next week.

Landlady Ale, our Yorkshire-style ESB.

Landlady Ale, our Yorkshire-style ESB.

Soon to be Yorkshire Porter - sweet wort exiting the lauter tun.

Soon to be Yorkshire Porter – sweet wort exiting the lauter tun.

Stayed tuned – we will be posting our initial tasting room hours soon!

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Planning to Open in May!

Over the past few weeks, the QCB team has been putting the finishing touches on both the brewery and tasting area. We hope to have our final inspections completed over the next couple of weeks, brew our first six batches, and open our doors to the public in May. Our lineup will include Landlady Ale (an ESB), Queen City Porter, Saint Amandus (Belgian amber ale), Duchess of Antwerp (Belgian blond ale), as well as two German-style offerings, Queen City Dunkel and Kölsch. To make sure you get the latest updates, check out our Facebook page.

Here are a few recent photos from the the brewery. A big thanks to everyone for your encouragement over the past year!

Brew kettle and mash tun stacks ready to be installed.

Brew kettle and mash tun stacks ready to be installed.

The brewhouse with the new stacks welded in place. The top two pipes along the wall make up the glycol loop which will keep the fermenters cool.

The brewhouse with the new stacks welded in place. The top two pipes along the wall make up the glycol loop which will keep the fermenters cool.

Newly installed taps in the tasting area. Design and finish work by QCB's own Sarah van Ryckevorsel.

Newly installed taps in the tasting area. Design and finish work by QCB’s own Sarah van Ryckevorsel.

Dispensing system inside the walk-in cooler. Ready for some kegs!

Dispensing system inside the walk-in cooler. Ready for some kegs!

Old serving trays add a bit of color to the mezzanine overlooking the bar.

Old serving trays add a bit of color to the mezzanine overlooking the bar.

QCB's resident craftsman, Paul Held, working on the side bar which will separate the tasting area from the brewery.

QCB’s resident craftsman, Paul Held, working on the side bar which will separate the tasting area from the brewery.

The finished side bar - it looks great!

The finished side bar – it looks great!

Stay tuned. We are getting close to brewing our first production batches. (The photographer couldn't resist taking sip of beer. After all, a fresh rauchbier is hard to find.)

Stay tuned. We are getting close to brewing our first production batches. (The photographer couldn’t resist taking sip of beer. After all, a fresh rauchbier is hard to find.)