Boneyard Beer Company Owner, Tony Lawrence, told The Brewing Network during the recent Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival that his company is on pace to triple production this year.
Lawrence says that Boneyard produced 3,000 barrels in 2011, its first full year of production, and is on pace to produce 9,000 barrels this year. Oregon Liquor Control Commission data shows a little more than half of the company’s sales coming in-state; Seattle has also been huge for them as the only out-of-state market.
The company is all-draft for now; there was talk at one point about Boneyard getting a canning line though Lawrence didn’t talk about it.
Lawrence alluded to the problems of being a hop-forward brewery with three core products: an IPA, a Double IPA and a Red Ale. Market volatility makes basing any recipe around specialty hops like Citra or Simcoe highly risky. Instead, he hedges his bets by using a blend of hops. The IPA, for example, contains: Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Citra and CTZ. He says he also contracts “long” on hops like Amarillo.
Boneyard Beer Company just celebrated its second anniversary in May.