QCB’s New Sister Brewery – La Loca Juana

As noted in an earlier post, we are extending Burlington’s tradition of “sister cities” to the brewing world. Our newest sister brewery is La Loca Juana in Castillo de Iscar (Valladolid), Spain. As far as is known, this is the world’s only beer brewed in a castle.

Jesús, head brewer at La Loca Juana in Castillo de Iscar (Valladolid), Spain, in front of his bottling line with fermenters in the background.

Jesús, head brewer at La Loca Juana in Castillo de Iscar (Valladolid), Spain, in front of his bottling line with fermenters in the background.

The brewery is named after Joan the Mad, daughter of Ferdinand & Isabel, 16th century queen of Spain who was confined to a nunnery in later life due to mental illness. A brewery named after a queen is a fitting sister brewery to QCB!

La Loca Juana currently makes 2 beers: La Loca Rubia is a 4.5% European Pale Lager, nicely hopped and fruity with lively effervescence. La Hermosa Pelirroja is a 5.5% Red Ale which is more malt forward.

QCB October Update

We still have a lot to do before the brewhouse, fermenters, and other equipment arrive next month, but we are making some significant progress. Here is a view of our recently completed entrance:

QCB's new ADA-compliant entrance.

QCB’s new ADA-compliant entrance. Time for some signage!

Some important pieces of equipment arrived this week, like the steam boiler which will heat the mash tun and brew kettle:

The steam boiler (the heart of the brewhouse," along with our "new" forklift.

The steam boiler (the “heart of the brewhouse”) along with our “new” forklift.

The glycol chiller, which will allow us to control the temperature of each fermenter:

The glycol chiller, big enough to handle more fermenters in the future.

The glycol chiller, big enough to handle more fermenters in the future.

Our new grain mill:

RMS Grain Mill - an auger will carry the crushed grain up to a hopper above the mash tun.

RMS Grain Mill – an auger will carry the crushed grain up to a hopper above the mash tun.

And, importantly, the city’s water department just installed a new 2-inch service:

Not very sexy, but a real must-have: a bigger water line.

Not very sexy, but a real must-have: a bigger water line.

Much more to come (and soon, we hope)…