Innovation Brew Works is kicking off CPP’s first semester by releasing its Bronco Brown and welcoming interns to the brewery.

Its internship program, which started in June, offers eight students 60 hours of hands-on production training through the College of the Extended University.

Eric Bassett, head brewer and production manager at Brew Works said the program is more than just about making beer.

“They get hands-on experience in washing tanks, washing floors, milling, graining, harvesting yeast, shining tanks, production, packaging, the whole deal,” he said. “We don’t really cover much on brewing just because every brew house is different and when you get hired in you’ll be an entry level. You’ll be washing kegs for four weeks straight before you can do anything.”

The Bronco Brown will be available at Brew Works starting Aug. 23. (Victoria Gonzalez | The Poly Post)

Bassett is also excited to continue the brewery’s traditional release of the Bronco Brown, an American Brown Ale, which can be found on tap starting Aug. 23.

It is a dark, rich ale with slight notes of chocolate and roast but it is surprisingly easy on the palate.

The rich but pleasantly crisp ale is a perfect partner to the brewery’s barbecue chicken pizza, with its bright topping of cilantro and thin red onions, plus a swirl of barbecue sauce.

Besides the Bronco Brown, the brewery still offers its six core beers, which range from the light and crisp ’66 Blonde, to the Dr. Ortiz Witbier, made with CPP orange zest, to the brewery’s flagship, the Brethren Belgian, which took home a bronze medal at the San Diego International Beer Competition.

It also serves zinfandel rosé and chardonnay wines from CPP’s own Horsehill Vineyards.

Alongside these, the brewery offers a few beers with nitrogen gas instead of CO2, which Bassett says brings out a different character to the beer, making it silky soft and easier to drink.

“You’re bringing out different elements from the beer just from the different gas you’re using,” he said. “It gives it a totally different mouth feel.”

He also said he tries to have at least two beers released every month and will start offering happy hour prices at the end of August, with $1 off core beers and reduced prices on food.

Bingo nights on Tuesdays and trivia nights on Thursdays at 7 p.m. continue to be popular, Bassett said.

Innovation Brew Works fans will also be able to sample their award-winning Cattle Rancher, in both the American Farmhouse Ale style and the American Belgo-Style, alongside the New World Bavarian Rye and the aforementioned Brethren Belgian at this year’s LA County Fair at the Craft Brewer’s experience and the Winner’s Circle.

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