Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. has been in operation since February 1998 in the small mining community of Fox, Alaska, located about 10 miles north of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway. Silver Gulch Brewing grew from brewmaster Glenn Brady's home-brewing efforts in 5-gallon batches to its current capacity of 24-barrel (750 gallon) batches.
The brewery facilities were originally constructed throughout the 1997 season and incorporate the founders' and local craftsmen's efforts (blood, sweat, and tears!). The results speak for themselves. Co-located with the newly renovated pub & dining facilities, the 12,000 square foot brewery is an awe-inspiring work of process technology.
The brewing vessels were purchased used from the Conner's Brewery in St. Catherines, Canada, and have a total capacity of 375 barrels. The brewing process takes 1 long day with up to an additional 6+ weeks for fermentation and aging from start to finish. After the beer has been conditioned, it is cold-filtered through a state-of-the-art German system and then bottled on the 200 bottle-per-minute bottling system. This system cleans, fills, caps, labels, and repacks the bottles back in their cases.