Raw Possibility followers are in for a treat. On July 7th, we are hosting an amazing event in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Among the talented performers and artists, will be the micro-brewing company Zombie Brewery Craft Beers.
Raw Possibility is at its core vegan. Our blog posts, tweets, and events are saturated with overtones of the vegan lifestyle and philosophy. What does it mean to be vegan? To us, it signifies living life with conscience compassion. For most vegans, compassion is extended to animals and their well-being; this centralized compassion for animals is a significant marker, if not the epitome, of what vegans are, but it’s important to know that it doesn’t have to end there.
Being vegan, or a person of conscience compassion, encompasses a lifestyle that considers the effect one has on your community, your family, your friends, and even your enemies–not just animals. It means your autopilot switch has been flicked to conscience pilot and that you are steering the wheel of life with your values and beliefs, exercising your will power as a sentient and cognizant being.
With that said, this website tries to blaze a trail of locals who are breaking the mold. We try to use this website and the ashes of their blossoming phoenix to paint a picture of these micro-characters who are spreading their wings skyward.
Zombie Brewery Craft Beers is a local company started by an ambitious, strategic, and humble friend of Raw Possibility who we call Rob. We met Rob at a private event in his home. His tall stature and professional demeanor are not what you expect of a brewer. He is clean cut, well-spoken, and hardly ever inebriated. After ascertaining that the beer was vegan (grains, process, and all) we became emphatic endorsers of the Zombie Brew that seems to be causing mass hysteria in the Valley.
Zombie Brewery Craft Beers is yet to anchor its claws down into the ground. They are still on the look out for a descent location to set up shop. When I asked Rob what his motivation was behind brewing after long hours at work, he said “We all want the American dream of wealth, family, and happiness. So by sharing great beer with like minded people it gives me a glimmer of hope from the every day stresses in life.”
Rob values the people that live in the Valley. His engine behind brewing in the obscurity of his home for his personal taste, to emerging as the decadent micro-brewer was “to bring good beer to the blue-collar citizens of the San Fernando Valley.”
When asked about future plans for the Zombie Brew and it’s official location, Rob explained “Well, we do not physically have a locale, so to speak of. Every where we have tried to lease from has in fact closed the doors in our faces.” Rob remains optimistic, and realistic. He plans to create an establishment that offers beer in a healthy setting. His desire to offer his personal recipes of his brews extends itself in to the economic realm of the North East San Fernando Valley. “The tax dollars alone we would bring into the city would increase economic growth, jobs, and bring well deserved revenue to this great city of ours,” he reiterates.
His goals as a brewer are conscience, compassionate, and he is hoping to increase much needed revenue for the community. “Aside from the great feeling you get from the atmosphere, and awesome people you get to network with, we try to educate our community in supporting our local economy. We try to incorporate local fruits, and other items into our specialty beer,” he explains. What makes Zombie Brewery stand out? In addition to the owner, Rob Zombie, being a native, he also utilizes the left over grains from brewing to make cookies for dogs. “We use our spent grains in dog biscuits, and compost the remaining grains into our vegetable garden. Our dog biscuits have a perfect blend of nuts, peanut butter, gluten free flour and love.”
The micro-brewery maintains a beautiful garden in the industrial smog of the Valley: ”Our garden consists of tomatoes, carrots, celery, peaches, apricots, plums, lemons, pomegranates, guava, and a huge banana tree.” A zombie tended garden in the midst of a highly industrialized Valley: what a metaphor!
Zombie Brew has a vision for the future, and it’s anything but apocalyptic. They want to offer their specialty beer in a venue that is conducive to their plans for economic growth. Although they struggle to find a suitable place, they continue to brew delicious bach, hefeweizens, IPAs, and stouts for locals.
Currently, Rob is on the look-out for an M2 zoned 1000sq ft building in the Valley, until then catch him brewing at his home in the Pacoima Palisades or make friends with him at the upcoming Raw Possibility event.