Mobile Bottling Line

Mobile bottling line opens up new doors for small craft brewers

A mobile bottling line, long used in the wine industry is beginning to become more popular for small craft breweries, especially brewpubs who want to expand beyond the front door.

Seattle-based Microbeer Source, a 13-year-old mobile bottling company with about 25 regular accounts in the Pacific Northwest has just recently ventured into California. The company was hired by Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Marin county to truck in equipment and set up a temporary bottling line so proprietor Mike Altman, head brewer Christian Kazakoff and assistant Phil Meeker could fill 22-ounce bottles of three types of ale.

It was a fun one-time-only experiment. “It’s a new adventure for us,” he was quoted as saying in a story at “This is allowing us to get a foot in the door into the packaging side of things and allows more people outside of Fairfax to experience our products. It’s a great way to market ourselves.”

Iron Springs has occasionally bottled their beer by hand inside their cramped brewing facility. Thursday’s test run was the first time

The company has been exploring the notion of expanding into California and owner Ron Gregerson has been making the rounds in recent months talking to the smaller craft brewers of California to see how much interest existed. Apparently there has been enough interest. Gregerson brought in new, yet-unwrapped equipment on a new truck for the Iron Springs bottling and is seeking more clients in Northern California.

Contact info:
Ron Gregerson
Micro Beer Source
2005 Squak Mt. Loop
Issaquah, WA 98027
(206) 915-1420
(425) 392-4947 Fax


  1. Valleybrew says

    It is great news indeed. Ron will be headed our way for our first bottle run next month.:D

  2. maltman1 says

    The IJ article misquoted us a bit.
    It was our first run but we plan on doing this every 4-6 weeks, not as a one time only experiment. We just wanted to clarify that for the masses.

    It was a great maiden voyage and the beer taste amazing in bottles.
    We are all ready getting beer prepared for the second bottling run in a month or so…

    Stay tuned…

    Mike Altman

  3. Kevin Watson says

    …I’m not paying for that!

    Great to hear from you Ron, drop a line sometime.