New brew in town: Head of brewery helps build unique flavors

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From the vertical silver tank, a stream of beer came out cloudy and yellow-orange.

Alan Simons watched as the liquid filled his vial, swirling it slightly to check the color and sediment inside. Taking an instrument called a hydrometer, he checked the density, making sure the proper balance of sugars had been converted to alcohol.

In a few hours, he and his staff at Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. would add raspberry puree to the mix, filter it out and present one of the area’s most popular beers — Razz-Wheat.

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