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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter o Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5B What's brewing? Locals contribute to the community Ann Powers Staff Writer Back in the day, if you didn't make good beer you were beheaded, according to Susan DeLano, The Brewing Lair co-owner. "It was life or death," she said. Susan and her husband, Rich DeLano, don't have to worry about losing their heads. The couple owns and operates the 15-barre! brewery, located at 67007 Highway 70 in Blairsden, where they're dedicated to the production of high-profile tasty ales. As Susan tells it, Rich was a carpenter with a background in water and environmental science. She was already a brewer and former restaurateur. Susan taught Rich how to brew and he took it to a whole new, professional level. "Rich is a geek," explained Susan. "He's really mathematical and a majority of the science of brewing is the math to make sure of its consistency. He does a great job." The Lair is located on 15 acres of forested land. It opened in 2011 and scores of customers have been enjoying its kickback atmosphere ever since. The couple said hikers, bikers, families, retired folks, Reno visitors and dogs frequent the place. "We have Free-Range Dog Day on Wednesdays," said Susan. "One time, we had 22 dogs here." , In addition to amazing ales, customers can enjoy the outdoor setting, a nine-hole disc golf course, a slack Iine and games of corn hole. The owners also encourage guests to bring any other activities, games and food they wish. That's because the Lair is BYOF: bring your own food. There are three charcoal barbecues available on a first-come, first-served basis. Charcoal briquettes aren't provided, but there are often some left over or donated for anyone to use. "We just want people to hang out as long as they want," said Susan. "We really try to keep it just chill -- a place for people to come and relax." To help ease into relaxation the microbrewery always has five rotating brews on tap, with names like Take a Hike India Red Ale, Ambush IPA and Odd to The Brewing Lair owners Susan and Rich DeLano are involved in community endeavors along with making local beer. Refillable eco-friendly "growlers" make it easy for patrons to enjoy their favorite brew. PROFILES IN BUSINESS THE BREWING LAIR Job Ale. The selections change with the season, or with Rich's imagination. For Lair first-timers, the best way to sample all of the beers is on the "Trail of Tastes." During this self-guided tour of the brewery, customers learn about the brewing process -- from mixing water with the crushed barley into the mashed tun, to the addition of the final carbonation level in the brite beer tank. Tour travelers then receive a flight of five four-ounce beers to note which flavors and tastes they prefer. The Lair also offers refillable "growlers" for people to fill with their favorite brew, take home and bring back later for more. The brewers' quality business practices and Don't know where to turn to for support? We are right here with emotional support, information, referrals, advocacy and accompaniment other agencies as needed. Everything is confidential. CALL the PlumasISierra Crisis Line at: (530) 283-4333 * 1-877-332-2754 A program --or-- The Resource Center at: 283-5515 of Piumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center The Brewing Lair in Blairsden provides a source of locally handcrafted ales. Photos courtesy The Brewing Lair community commitment haven't gone unnoticed. The Sierra Buttes Trails Stewardship recently named the establishment as its Community Partner of the Year. "The Brewing Lair in my opinion has some of the best beers around," said SBTS Trail Programs Director Tara Stone. "I appreciate the craftsmanship that Rich puts into each different brew. Susan and Rich have long supported the mission of SBTS and have made hosting volunteer workdays that much easier by donating kegs to each of these events for our volunteers." The DeLanos said the feeling is mutual. "We're really passionate about the trail systems," added Susan. "It's really needed for people to get out of the cities and get in the mountains. It's so therapeutic." For those in need of a little therapy, The Brewing Lair is located on the north side of Highway 70. Look for a dirt driveway about 1,000 feet east of the Highway 70 and Highway 89 junction in Blairsden. For more information, call 394-0940. Anderlini & McSweeney LLP Terry Anderlini is a Northern California Super Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney and Past President of the State Bar of California. We specialize in litigation including wild fire litigation and serious personal injury cases. Local References Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen tanderlini@amlawoffice.corn candersen@amlawo II Footwear "Comfort with Evely Step" 1-775-323-3757 "We really try to keep it just chill -- a place for people to come and relax." Susan DeLano Co-owner The Brewing Lair ~n Street cy, CA 95971 Chester Town Hall Friday, March 27, 201 5 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chester Memorial Hall 500 Stone Avenue Chester, CA 96020 Susanville Town Hall Friday, March 27, 201 5 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Masonic Temple 84 North Lassen Street Susanville, CA 96130 For more information, please visit www.assem hie