On Saturday, Ryan and I headed to the Whiteaker neighborhood for one of the stops in the Zwickelmania 2010 brew tour. Ninkasi brewery, conveniently located in Whiteaker, had free beer sampling and tours of their brewery from noon until 4 in the afternoon.
When we arrived, people were gathered outside, enjoying their pints and complimentary burgers, barbecuing onsite. We went inside and Ryan got us samples of the Ninkasi IPA. Delicious! As I waited, a man approached me and chatted about the day’s brew tour. He had already visited some of the local breweries, and was headed to the Microbrew festival that evening. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. Lively chatter filled the eccentric brewery.
Jamie Floyd, co-founder and owner of Ninkasi, announced that tours would begin shortly after we arrived. Everyone was required to wear glasses, but Ryan and I got in anyway. The brewery is rather small but Floyd explained expansion plans for Ninkasi. Also in the works: Ninkasi bottling 12 oz instead of only 22s! Very exciting.
Ryan and I stayed for a while after the tour. Honestly, the tour was enjoyable but I didn’t understand much at all. We had one more sample and called it a day. It was still early in the day, after all. However, I was happy to get a chance to visit Ninkasi. Its unimposing atmosphere, and its local vibe seems a great addition to the Whiteaker neighborhood. The brewery’s expansion process will hopefully mean more jobs and more recognition for the Whiteaker neighborhood.