Enegren Brewing Company expands in Moorpark

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By Clark Molster          

Chris Enegren likes beer.  If you don’t believe that, symptoms or if you don’t know Chris, you can visit the tasting room at the newly opened Enegren Brewing Company in Moorpark.  Chances are good that either he or his brother Matt, or his partner Joe Nascenzi will serve you a craft beer and show you the progress of their passion.

Since opening July 2011, brewing capacity has increased from 3 barrels per week to 14 barrels per week.  “We learned a lot of stuff the hard way, by doing it small,” said Chris.  Construction is already underway on a much larger facility across the street, increasing capacity to more than 30 barrels per week with room to grow.

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Chris Enegren pouring the beer for a customer at the bar

A mechanical engineer, Chris started brewing while a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University.  Being under age, Chris figured if he wanted beer, he would have to brew it himself.  He began brewing small batches on an apartment stove, and soon designed and built a 10-gallon system.  Joined by his brother Matt and friend Joe Nascenzi, he continued brewing in Joe’s garage until graduation.  The three then moved operations to the Enegren home in Moorpark and later started the Company with the goal to become full-time brewers.

Starting a brewing company in Moorpark requires approval from the Moorpark Planning Commission, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  “There was tons of red tape,” Chris said.  “Being the first in town, the city (Moorpark) didn’t understand a brewery in a back-alley industrial complex.  They limited us to only 4 taster glasses per person.  After visiting the brewery they became cooperative.  Looking back, getting through the start-up process was easier than we expected.” Chris explained.

Jan_2014_043Enegren Brewing Company sells craft beers to numerous bars and restaurants around Ventura County, though 60% of revenue comes from the tasting room.  “We want the tasting room to always be a focus.  We want to be accessible.  Without the tasting room, I wouldn’t do it,” Chris said.  With a bar and several tables situated amid the fermentation tanks, mesh kettle, pumps and motors, the entire brewing process is visible, and a member of the brewing team is ready to answer questions.

Enegren produces year round and seasonal brews including pale ale, IPA, altbiers and stouts using ingredients from California grown hops and yeast, to grains imported from Germany.  For special occasions, some brews are aged up to one year in whiskey barrels before being ready to serve, though most brews take several weeks or months to produce.

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To learn more about the brewing process visit the Enegren Brewing Company web site, or better still, stop in and have Chris, Matt or Joe pour you a cold one. http://www.enegrenbrewing.com/

Enegren Brewing Company – 680 Flinn Ave, #31, Moorpark, CA 93021

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Clark Molster is an electrical engineer and 14-year resident of Newbury Park.

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2 Responses to Enegren Brewing Company expands in Moorpark

  1. stefan djordjevic February 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Great story. Well-written and inspiring. Moorpark is becoming quite an interesting place with farms, a brewery, etc.

    Reply
  2. Greg Muller February 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I may take you up on that SuperBowl Sunday deal. Have a TV there, dude?

    Reply

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