Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Gabe Rogers of Garrison City Beerworks
Garrison City Beerworks is a small brewery and tasting room located in New Hampshire’s seacoast town of Dover. Our wish is that our customers will visit Garrison City Beerworks not just to have a beer, but to have an experience drinking our beer. We plan to offer small batches of original, hop-forward beers, with a focus on uniqueness and quality over quantity. We’ll be brewing Pale Ales, Porters, Belgian Ales, Wild Ales, and 100% Brettanomyces beers, to name a few. We look forward to sharing this with you when we open in December 2014!
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick of the Week:
1. Citra from Garrison City Beerworks
2. Anomalous from Garrison City Beerworks
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Fining Your Beer. Cold Crashing
PicoBrew brews another product, KegSmarts
The team of mostly ex Microsoft brewing fanatics at Seattle startup PicoBrew are releasing their second product today.
Called KegSmarts, it’s a Wi-Fi enabled keg monitoring system that attaches to a standard kegerator beer fridge. It includes a display, sensors and a satisfyingly stout knurled control knob.
Once it’s mounted on a three-inch diameter kegerator tap tower, the gadget can be used to keep track of how much beer is left in kegs and how many servings have been dispensed. It also controls the fridge’s temperature and will display information about beers being served (such as the “I-Pete-A” that PicoBrew created for its Super Bowl party and was still in the kegerator shown above last week). READ MORE
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s War On Craft Beer
Tucked into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) much-discussed budget was a little-noticed provision to overhaul the state’s regulation of the beer industry. In a state long associated with beer, the provision will make it much more difficult for the Wisconsin’s burgeoning craft breweries to operate and expand their business by barring them from selling directly to restaurants and liquor stores, and preventing them from selling their own product onsite.
The new provision treats craft brewers — the 60 of whom make up just 5 percent of the beer market in Wisconsin — like corporate mega-brewers, forcing them to use a wholesale distributor to market their product. Under the provision, it would be illegal, for instance, for a small brewer located near a restaurant to walk next door to deliver a case of beer. They’ll have to hire a middle man to do it instead.
But more noteworthy than the provision itself is how it was enacted. The provision was quietly slipped in the massive budget legislation without any consultation from independent craft brewers, who are justifiably outraged by it. One group that clearly did have input, however, is one of the world’s largest beer makers — MillerCoors: READ MORE
Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher’s Got A Secret Brew
Listen up, cub reporters. Lesson 1: Never miss an opportunity to catch a good story. I was doing important hop research at my local craft beer emporium, aka my bar.
“This red IPA is great. What is this again?” I asked the bartender.
“That’s Line 51. From Oakland. The owner, P.T., does it part time. He has a day job.” What’s he do? I asked. “He’s a schoolteacher.”
Bingo! Secret teachers, you can’t hide from this NPR Ed sleuth, no sir.
For P.T. Lovern, brewing started as a college hobby and party necessity. Later, it turned into a weekend passion that rapidly veered toward obsession. He has a giant, 31-gallon steel vat for brewing mashes of malted barley, hops and water in his basement. The sweet hop aroma of an India Pale Ale in the making would drift through his block in Oakland, Calif. READ MORE