Mascots

My mind wandered a little today. I can’t say how I ended up here but it was an interesting trip to say the least. Businesses have their mascots. It is something they identify with to the outside world. Breweries are at their heart businesses. They are prone to having a mascot all their own. One…

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasting is a great way to bring more pronounced flavors to the foods you love. When you do something as simple as roasting tomatoes, you will add in new layers of flavor and turn something that was good into something great. The only thing this really costs you is time. When you have tomatoes you…

Sake: Finished

I did it. I bottled the evil beast. I ended up with 9.5 champagne bottles of sake. Not my best haul but not too bad. As I write this I have a glass beside me and I am enjoying the fruits of my labor. The simple verdict, I like it. Now let’s get a bit…

Sake

It has been a while. I should have done this I don’t know how long ago. I could give excuses and reasons and all sorts of other things that don’t really matter. But ya know, life happens sometimes. I transferred the sake to the bottling bucket recently. I haven’t bottled it yet. I had hit…

Pretzel Chicken

Here we go with something a little different. Pretzel chicken was something that we made in one of the restaurants I used to work in. This is great bar food without being the normal everyday chicken strips. If you have a little spicy mustard these are amazing. Though you could dip them in BBQ if…

Expansion: Hop Head Farms

Progress like this is a beautiful thing. This was a hot day. Not unexpected in Michigan during the summer, But still it was toasty. To see the building crew pushing through to get this build out finished, you gotta admire the dedication. The oast build out at Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners is moving…

Delivery: Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery

This week I lucked out on my visit to Gonzo’s. I made it there on a delivery day and managed to get a couple shots of some equipment being unloaded. This in and of itself doesn’t seem like much. It can be hard to measure the changes that are happening when they are only incremental…

Potato and Onion Pierogies

Be warned, if you are on a low carb diet, these are not for you. But ya know, sometimes you just have to do it anyway. Dumplings of any kind are a beautiful thing. The concept lives across so many different cultures in a multitude of forms. The pierogi is a fantastic version of the…

New Equipment: Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg

I had hoped to make it to Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery (one of the new breweries in Kalamazoo, Michigan) on Thursday in order to catch shots of their new equipment coming in, but life sometimes gets in our way. This time it wasn’t me. It turned out that the equipment was delivered on Wednesday instead.…

Construction: Boatyard Brewing Company

Boatyard Brewing in Kalamazoo, Michigan is up and running. You would think this means it is time to celebrate. Instead they are working as fast as possible to get their building ready for their larger brew tanks. Their 15 barrel system is still about 5 weeks away from being delivered so they are still working…