February 5, 2015


Cows Adore Spent Grain Spent grain is the leftover malt and adjuncts after the mash has extracted most of the flavor. This by-product can constitute as much as 85 percent of a brewery’s total waste. Empyrean Brewing Co. gives all their spent grain to local farmers for use as cattle feed. We are told the cows love it! But don’t worry, it doesn’t contain any alcohol.
March 5, 2015

BEER 101: Ale vs. Lager

The Difference is Brew-tiful From four simple ingredients come a wonderful thing, beer. But you won’t believe how many variations a brewer can create. The basic ingredients of beer are water, malts, hops and yeast. Malted barley is the most commonly used starch in beer, serving as the main source of strength and the key flavoring agent. The malted grain produces enzymes that convert starches into fermentable sugars. The mixture of hot water and malt sugars created in the brewing […]
April 5, 2015

The Legend of Chaco Canyon

Honey Gold is one of our oldest recipes – it has been in production since we opened our doors in March of 1990. Head Brewer Rich Chapin, having spent some formative years in British Columbia, discovered Canadians brewing lovely golden ales that were much more flavorful and satisfying than the near colorless and flavorless lagers enjoyed on our side of the frontier. Having found his inspiration, he quickly set out to formulate a recipe of his own. Over the years […]

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