Caldera Brewing Company
The first craft brewery on the West Coast to brew and can its own beer
Caldera Brewing Company, located in Ashland, Oregon, was founded in 1997 by Head Brewer Jim Mills. The brewery is dedicated to producing uncompromising quality Ales and Lagers and was the first craft brewery in the state to can its own beer. In 2010 Caldera opened its new state of-the-art 28,000 sq. ft. brewery in Ashland, which features a large tasting room, all brewing operations, a distillery, and restaurant. Most definitely a top destination for Oregon breweries!
After working in a brewery tasting room while attending Southern Oregon University, Jim Mills worked his way into the brew house and washed kegs for free just to be learning the art of brewing. He eventually became a brewer’s assistant at Oregon’s Rogue Ale Brewery and spent about six months developing his business plan that would lead to Caldera Brewing Company.
Since opening its doors in 1997, Caldera beers have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally, including many Gold Medals for their famed canned IPA and Pale Ale. Jim Mills is clearly a big supporter of the canning trend, and for good reason. He points out that cans chill quicker and stay cold longer. Cans also eliminate light and oxidation, which keeps the beer fresher longer. Cans are lighter to carry, and they’re accepted in locations where bottles have long been banned (golf courses, concert venues, and beaches). His hard work developing the canning line has certainly paid off with the huge support his canned beers have received.
Caldera Brewing Company currently brews ten year-round Ales and Lagers and over fifteen seasonal brews. While sipping Jim Mills’ award-winning recipes in the Caldera tasting room, visitors can also enjoy one of South Oregon’s largest bottle collections. Jim Mills has been collecting beer bottles since 1983 and finally has a large enough space to put them on display. There are over 4,000 in his collection! We're excited for our Craft Beer Subscription members to unbox these beers and enjoy!
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1) WHAT IS THE CODE OF HAMMURABI AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH BEER?
One of the oldest written codes of law dating back to 1754 BC, The Code of Hammurabi, contained 282 specific laws dealing with everything that affected the community, family, business conduct, payments, and crime. For instance, it decreed that all citizens received a daily beer ration. This law, written in Ancient Mesopotamia, claimed that in accordance with social standing: laborers were to receive 2 liters of beer a day, priests and noblemen were to receive 5 liters a day.
2) TUTANKHAMUN ALE WAS A SPECIAL BREW THAT WAS AN EXACT REPLICA OF WHAT ANCIENT CIVILIZATION’S BEER?
In the 90’s, a team of archaeologists found that Ancient Egyptians were drinking beer even before the pyramids were built! They found beer residue on pottery that was excavated at a village burial site affiliated with Queen Nefertiti. The 3,250-yearold recipe was found in her Royal Brewery. A team of brewers set out to replicate the beer style that was used by Ancient Egyptians which started by throwing bread into liquid to initiate fermentation. The beer was more complex than they thought, and they were surprised by the rich, malty flavor that was closer to Chardonnay than to any of the classic beer styles we know today. Tutankhamun Ale was sold at Harrods in 1996 and is currently extinct.