Don’t worry everyone, you’re good to go. Jamie and I were just doing a little tidying up before Wednesday night rolls around and decided to try some of the beer that has been sitting here since the spring. Somehow our Rye Pale Ale wound up kinda funky, probably had to do with the kegerator being unplugged to conserve energy. I had to close my eyes as Jamie poured out about 15 gallons of beer. Have no fear though, the brew lab is back up and running, ready to produce some high quality beers. We do have about 7 gallons of stellar Wit bier that was hanging out in cold storage.
For those of you who have been out of the loop, we grew our very own hops this year! We planted three varieties in the garden but unfortunately forgot to label which plant was what, let alone what we actually planted. So until we figure it all out, we will refer to the plants as Hop Plant 1, 2, & 3. While none of the plants were technically supposed to produce hops, Hop Plant 1 yielded about 3 oz. of freshly grown hoppy goodness.
So as you can see from the pictures, I was very excited that we are even closer to brewing a beer with only locally harvested ingredients. So far we have the hops and the water, now all we need is to grow our own yeast and malt. Also, let me just clarify that our water is NOT city water. We brew with the finest water in town from a natural spring in the North Georgia Mountains. Jamie has gladly provided us with his awesome water from Fontis Water. If you’ve never heard of it, I suggest you check it out and try some for yourself.
Rob mentioned that this summer, as usual, has been jam packed with cookouts, camp outs, trips to the lake, trips to the beach, weddings, pool time and every other imaginable summer activity including LOTS of beer drinking. Just not so much beer making; It happens OK. Looking back at some earlier post we realized a lot of stuff beer related HAS happened this summer but what we want to tell you about now is “THE GUINNESS 250”. Steve told you guys about our incredible meeting with Fergal Murry the Brewmaster for Guinness, if you don’t remember you can read it here. What we haven’t told you yet is that a few weeks after our meeting we all received an email from Rich Gallagher of Taylor, Guinness’ PR firm, stating that Guinness was creating a group of only 250 of the biggest Guinness fans in the country and that this group was made of up celebrities, media personality and the three of us. Because after all we had met with Fergal so we must be some of Guinness’ biggest fans. We were pumped! We thought this was the coolest thing ever and couldn’t wait to be involved in all of the specials and activities they promised us. A few days later, after confirming our desire to be part of this select group, our welcome packages arrived. They were decent sized FedEx boxes filled with goodies like bottle openers, rugby shirts, coasters and a nice little certificate with our name printed right on it… That was April, this is the end of August. Have we heard a peep from them since? I think not. We are still waiting around to find out what if anything “THE GUINNESS 250” was all about. We’ll keep you posted.
Wow! It’s been an awesome summer for The Brewdudes. We hope you all had a great time too! Ok, down to business… Jamie, Steve and I have taken quite the hiatus from brewing up our favorite Brewdudes beer. The three of us became so busy with weddings and cookouts, brewing was kinda put on the back burner, but we are ready to fire up the kettles and get back to it. I mean really, the brewery will never get off the ground by itself. We will need all of your support and by support all you really have to do is show up and taste our brews and let all of your friends know about us. So here’s the deal, next Wednesday we will be brewing once again! Awesome-O! So come on out and check us out, bring your friends and great stories. See ya’ll next week!
By the way, considering our long hiatus we will have a limited supply of beer. However, there may or may not be some lying around so show up early to taste what we’ve got, if any… We promise we will have plenty to go around once we get back into the grove so don’t let our lack of supply keep you from coming out. Just grab a six pack of your favorite craft beer and come join us to gain some insight on what all goes into that 12 oz. bottle of heaven you’ll be drinking!