Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bock to the Future!

clip_image002To get you salivating, I wanted to share some information on Bockbiers.  Why?  Because, (in the future) on Fat Tuesday (Feb 12th) we’ll be releasing the “(Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock” at 4PM.  Then at 5PM (when everybody had a glass in their hands) Michael Thompson, ordained minister (and regular customer) will lead us in the “Blessing of the Bock!”

“Bock” originates in Einbeck, Germany and the Bavarians adopted as one of their own.

There are 3 theories why it is called a “bock” bier:

1. The Bavarians have a slightly different dialect and when they tasted this Einbeck beer, it was thought to be “ein bock” or “one billy goat”

2. Bock beers have traditionally been stronger than most other lagers and as a result they can really give an alcoholic “kick”, goats were associated with kick

3. Traditionally it was made in winter during December 22 through January 20 (the Capricorn zodiac sign is a goat)

Come join on Fat Tuesday for a big fat…


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Growlers and Mugs

gold growlers (1)We received our new double-sided, gold-foiled growlers a couple weeks ago and I forgot to blog about it.  The front is the same as our old growlers but the back includes a drawing of the Victorian house we reside in, as well as a short history.

We also have logo’d Brittanica mugs for sale as well.   When you use our pint club card you automatically get a free logo pint glass, but since these are $8, if you pay the difference of $3, then you can get a mug in place of the pint glass.   The growlers only cost $4 when you get a newly filled growler. 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Barrel Room

3 barrels and stand If you have more than one barrel and they are in a room, does that make it a Barrel Room?  This room is no where near the size of Avery or New Belgian’s but I’m going to nurture this baby and make it special.  This photo shows me filling the first barrel.

So what’s coming?

1. Leopold Brothers Peach Whiskey bbl with Belgian Blonde Ale.

2. Tonnellerie O French oak (Bordeaux) bbl with Belgian Blonde Ale.

3. Leopold Brothers Small Batch Whiskey with Porter.  Like last year, the first fill makes a beer we call Sherpa Prima.

The stand had to be assembled in place, as it barely fits in the space provided.  I built it extra high (can’t see in the photo) so that I can gravity fill kegs. (Plus the extra benefit that it stores some of my kegs underneath as well. Each one empty weighs about 100 lbs, each one contains approx 400lbs of beer, so 1500lb pounds are on this stand.  I hope my engineering and carpentry skills are good, because I just used 2x4, 2x6 and 4x4 to build this. 

I started a barrel-aging log as well, from the advice of Eric who used to work for Wynkoop Brewing Co. and started their barrel aging log book. Based on my experience, we might be able to taste the first fruits of these within two months, but I’m going to age the rest of it longer to see what other flavors develop.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

100% Kona Coffee Porter

For those who love their coffee, or maybe just like caffeine this beer is for you.  Released on Wed 1-9-13 at 4PM. 

5.2% and 32IBU’s and made with 100% Kona Coffee, course-grind and cold infused for the smoothest coffee porter you’ve EVER tasted.  Prove me wrong!