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…

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…

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…

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…

Session 77

What’s the Deal with IPA? Justin from Justin’s Brew Review asks the question for this month’s Session. What is it that makes IPAs so appealing? Is it because it is a stark contrast to the fizzy yellow water that we once called beer (before we were taught that beer could have flavor)? I wasn’t sure…

Independence Day

Back in May the bill was signed into law making it legal to brew in Alabama. This was the last state to hold on to antiquated laws; laws that turned honest citizens into criminals. With all the other issues that plague us right now, it can be hard to fathom that this was something worth…