What’s On Tap: Andy Harthcock of Djinn Spirits
Djinn Spirits is the creation of Andy and Cindy Harthcock. After 30 years in engineering, plus Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Engineering Management, Andy wanted to step outside corporate life. And after a full career in Nursing, Cindy was ready for something new as well. They searched for several years until that one day when Cindy mentioned “distilling would be fun…” And that did it. They found a way to combine their love for the aesthetics of taste with the creative technical side. Distillation provides not only 2000 years of lore, but the chance to use some very new technology.
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Third Chair: Chris Killinger, BJCP Certified Judge
Draft Pick’s of the Week:
This recipe supports the juniper flavor with a spice note from grains-of-paradise and just a little citrus. The aromas are captured and locked in using a gin head on the still. This method is less common since the still is a little more expensive to build. Instead of boiling, the botanicals are placed in the path of the 95% pure hot alcohol vapor as it emerges from the column. The vapor is immediately condensed – trapping the aromas in suspension. Just try it.
Beat 3 White Whiskey
It’s a summer day down in Mississippi, about 1968. You can see the heat shimmering off your daddy’s pickup. Lawrence County just voted down the latest liquor sales proposal. In my youth, the county was dry. It still is. Since before prohibition, every proposal to sell liquor was soundly defeated – especially in voting district, or “Beat” 3. But if you knew who to ask, and everyone just knew, that’s where you could get moonshine sweet and smooth and fire hot. Beat 3 White Dog is a tribute to my southern heritage. Stop by the distillery. Southerners love visitors.
Powerful Pilz from From The Barrel
This new brewery in New Hampshire JUST opened! Check them out at http://www.drinkfromthebarrel.com/
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In 1989 Wyoming pub owners Charlie and Ernie Otto discovered an old European beverage vessel- essentially a tin pail with a lid – that was used to carry beer home from brewpubs before bottling was a common practice. This vessel was knows as a “growler.” Charlie and Ernie reinvented this rather inefficient device as the 64-ounce glass jug that is now commonly used in brewpubs across the nation.
BJCP Style Guideline Revisions!
BJCP President Gordon Strong announced at the BJCP’s annual meeting at the 2013 National Homebrewers’ Conference in Philadelphia that an effort was underway to revise the BJCP guidelines. Since 1997, there have been five versions of the BJCP style guidelines (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2008). When questioned as to why it has taken a longer duration to update the guidelines, Strong noted that the BJCP recognized that the changes to the Exam program had to be made first given the rippling effect changes to the style guidelines would have.
In the last 5 years, there have been notable development in styles, both within the commercial beer, craft beer, and homebrewing worlds. The Great American Beer Festival, which focuses upon commercial and craft beer, changes their style guidelines every year to address updates in brewing trends.
The Style Guidelines are one of the foundational resources of the BJCP, and a work product from which certification, exams, continuing education, and other efforts are based. As they are all natural ingredients, malts, hops, and yeast evolve. Trends and personal tastes also cause the nature of beers, mead, and cider to evolve as well.
The Style Guidelines Committee is a standing committee within the BJCP, and has been in place for 10 years. BJCP judges may volunteer to participate on the committee. Each time that the style guidelines are published, the committee begins collecting updates for the next expected publication date. Each of the updates is worked into the existing guidelines, and revised multiple times. Submissions for revisions and for new styles and substyles are reviewed by members of the committee as well as other judges for their completeness and accuracy.
Assistant Communication Director Jeff Sanders spoke with Strong regarding the updates to the guidelines, the process, as well as an expected timeline for their release. READ MORE