A Great Night
It was a busy weekend at the brewery. No new beers were created but there was plenty of other work to be done. We bottled the Atomically Red Irish Ale, sampled the Hazelnut, Vanilla Bean, Espresso Porter, and tested the Milk Stout gravity. There was also some organizing of the brewery. We are always trying to improve efficiency. Having a nice orderly brewery certainly helps with this.
The bottling went faster than usual. A big part of that was the staff help. We had our head brewer in training sanitizing bottles while I got everything else ready to go. From beginning to end it was maybe 2 hours and everything was done. It’s always a nice feeling. The sample we pulled of this beer was very good. It is different than the previous 2 batches due to a slight increase in the amount of honey we used. We also switched yeast this go round. I’m beyond excited about this beer.
We opened one of the bottled porters that’s going to our friends at Zapow art gallery in Asheville NC. It’s been in bottles for 2 weeks and is almost completely carbed. It’s such a good beer. This may be the best thing that’s come out of the brewery in our 6 years or so of operation. We can’t wait to get this out to the masses. The coffee and hazelnut comes through perfectly. Not too strong. The vanilla is just enough as well. The 3 have come together well and the results are amazing.
The gravity of the Donkey Milk Stout sits at 1.022 and may come down a bit more. Right now the abv sits at 5.82%. Not far from where we were hoping to end up. It tastes better than we could have asked for.
Things are going so well right now. Times are very exciting. Our beers are consistent and screw ups are at a minimum. Not that they won’t occur again. We love what we are doing, proud of what we are creating, and excited to share it with as many people as possible. Hopefully that number will be growing by leaps and bounds in the next 1.5 to 2 years. Have a great week everyone. CHEERS!
Posted by Jimmy Sharp