Over the holiday break I was visiting family in Florida and did finally manage to pop by and spend the day brewing with the crew from Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, FL. Check out their awards page, these guys brew some very solid beers and have done well at the World Beer Cup and GABF.

Originally built in 1923 as an automobile dealership—complete with a concrete ramp that was used to move cars from the ground floor to a second floor service area—the 27,000 sq. ft. building houses Motorworks’ full-production Brewery and Taproom. This space was formerly home to a Hudson Motors dealership who were renowned for outstanding performance and innovative styling in the late 40’s and early 50’s. 

The brew deck on the 30BBL brewwhouse

Head brewer Bob Haa and I decided it would be fun to brew a British ESB style beer leaning on the Briess Extra Special Malt (you can see my previous post here) and a good dose of Goldings. We brewed this on their 3.5BBL pilot brewery and like a lot of brewers, myself included, we got started early being mashed in by 6:30am. Thanks to the whole Motorworks crew as that was an excellent day in the brewhouse!

Motorworks ESB – 3.5BBL batch – 14.6 Plato

  • 49% – Briess Pale Ale Malt
  • 41% – Briess Pilsen Malt
  • 10% – Briess Extra Special Malt
  • 2 pounds Goldings – boil 60 min
  • 5 pounds Dark Candi Sugar – boil 20 min
  • 3 pounds Goldings – boil 15 min
  • 2 pounds Goldings – in whirlpool
  • Brewing Science Institute – A69 Timothy Taylor yeast
FV’s cut thru the floor. Nice stack of bags!
Head brewer Bob Haa (right) and author (left). We did manage to get the coffee pot started before mashing in as it was wicked early in the morning!
Head Brewer Bob Haa (left), Lead Brewer Jose Martinez (middle) and myself in the pilot brewery. Both Bob and Jose are ‘graduates’ of the 2018 Briess Malt & Brew Workshop.
Sun coming up in Bradenton, FL
Motorworks malt silo out back