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Meet your neighbor: Chino couple fulfills dream by opening a brewery
New business crafts its own beers

Rob and Laura Valenzuela are the owners of Insurgent Brewing Company, which recently opened in Chino Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Rob and Laura Valenzuela are the owners of Insurgent Brewing Company, which recently opened in Chino Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Historians estimate that beer dates back to the fifth millennium, BC, making it one of the oldest beverages still around today.

Rob Valenzuela of Chino Valley has been involved in making his own beer for about 10 years. He started with a kit he purchased at the store and began brewing it in his kitchen.

“Shortly after that a couple of my neighbors started making it with me, and as it got bigger and we got more equipment we moved it into the garage. After a few years I was really getting into it, and started all grain brewing in the garage,” Valenzuela said.

“There are quite a few steps involved in making beer, first milling the grain (barley malt, wheat malt, rye malt,) to name a few, adding it to water to boil, then adding to the fermenter where it ferments for two to three weeks, then I keg it. Valenzuela said.

This past June Valenzuela and his wife, Laura, made the decision to open their own brewery, fulfilling a longtime goal to operate their own business.

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was a tremendous asset in the planning and execution of opening their brewery, “Insurgent Brewing Company” at 990 N. Highway 89, (next to Skillets Café) in Chino Valley.

“I’ve always had an interest in craft beer, so I decided I should make my own. I now have five different styles, Infidel Double IPA, Pronghorn Pale Ale, Barefoot German Blonde, Black Strap Imperial Stout, and the newest one in Red Neck City Ale. Of course I am always working on new recipes, and will have seasonal drinks like pumpkin ale, barley wine style ale, and porter ale,” Valenzuela said.

“Our brewery is BYOF (bring your own food). If you want to bring in your dinner like pizza etc. feel free. We do have peanuts and popcorn snacks though. The majority of our customers have said ‘how nice it is to finally have a place like a craft brewery in Chino Valley,’” he said.

“Brewing beer is in my nature, I like creating and sharing what I’ve created. There is a lot of satisfaction in creating a good craft beer.

The Insurgent Brewing Company is open from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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