No Brewing Tonight

I know, and as sad as that news is to all of our loyal followers, I will leave you with some happy news: BACON FEST

Whats better than bacon? Not much. Whats better than Beer and Bacon…NOTHING. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend head on out to Bacon Fest at Dads Garage in Virgina Highland.

A mere $35 gets you unlimited bacon and beer, from jalapeno-infused pig crisps from P’cheen to bacon & maple donuts, plus attractions like “Hunt an Improviser” (throwing water balloons at the performers), a “Redneck Wine Tasting”, funny impressions, and “Children of the Corn-Holing”. For tuneage, DJ Baron Saturday will spin between sets from The Fingering Brothers, the Stumbling Troubadours, and Bases Loaded, because RBI Baseball was borrowed and never returned by Jimmy Weeks, who moved to a different district.

Saturday at Dad’s Garage: 280 Elizabeth St, Ste C-101; Virginia Highland; 404.523.3141

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Monday Goings-On… Goings-on? Is that right?…

Not having to work on a Monday is pretty special… unless, of course, it means working… yup.

What I mean is that our BeerLab has looked like a small explosive device went off sending shrapnel of fittings, washers, and hoses to the far reaches of the house. Luckily, with Jamie cleaning on Sunday and with myself finishing up on Monday, everything looks like a GO for our Wednesday Night brew!

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Illustration by Jamie

On another note, the three of us were also able to slip away from our busy schedules of washing and feeding each other to make the trek to visit our friends at Monday Night Brewery. The guys were brewing up their Scotch Ale and as always they were as hospitable as ever. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, DO! It’s a good time with good guys and good brew!

Change of Venue?…

Composed by Steve

Welp, not so much the place, but where at Jamie’s we will be brewing this fall!

After a LOT of cleaning, (trash, broken lawn chairs, some funky-ass coolers, and enough dust to make my boogers black for two days)  the basement/garage is getting very close to becoming our brand new BeerLab hoooo hooooo wah wah wah wah!

Our goal for this new space is to centralize and condense the entire brewing operation into one section of the house. Before, it was as like an atomic beer bomb went off, sending fragments of equipment and supplies everywhere! Hauling heavy carboys up and down stairs will be a thing of the past… also, we feel like climate control will be a bit better in the basement.  This is exciting.

On another note, Jamie and I ventured way south to The A to visit our friends at Monday Night Brewery. The weather was much warmer than it was when we last visited like, 50 degrees warmer… seriously.  So we were able to enjoy some of their excellent beers and spend some time talking to Jeff about some of their equipment and processes…one very cool and extremely functional new addition at MNB is a fermentation chamber that the guys made for the hot summer months to help ward off heat related fermentation problems(hence, some of the reason we were forced to stop brewing). Converted from an old freezer and modified to house two large fermenters, they installed a thermostat that maintains the entire vessel within 1 or 2 degrees of the desired temperature. (Wish I had pics, but just follow our link to their page) Good job guys and awesome investment!

And now the funnest part… I speculate that we will commence brewing operations on Sunday afternoon the 14th! We’re not sure which brew we’re conjuring up so any and all ideas are welcome! Please feel free to come hang out with us and relax. Unfortunately, all the home brew we had was demolished at our last party so we obviously won’t have any of ours to enjoy, but I’m sure we will have some beer floating somewhere on the premises!

More to come! Prost!

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– Chris

Yeah, it’s probably a good idea to get a post in before the end of the month, if for nothing else than to prove to you all that I still own a computer.

We’ve been a little light on beer-making lately, and even lighter on time, and I know that many of you are supremely disappointed to hear that (I check them blog stats and it appears that many of you still have held out hope!), but here’s a little re-cap of the last few weeks:

Two point five weeks ago (Mother’s Day weekend): no brewing that Sunday. We got busy with family stuff; hey, who can blame us. We DID however get fired up and decided to brew on Monday. That 5-gallon lot of Poztulator Wit came along quite well and is ready for bottling….now.

One point five weeks ago was brew day for our brand-new, ’08, ten-gallon, pale ale recipe. I personally am excited about its prospects. I think Steve is too. Actually I know he is; it’s his new baby. I was not excited about the prospects of our ten gallons of Mystery Witbier, as it definitely was contaminated with bad yeast devils. Thusly, our first pour-out of TEN GALLONS of beer occurred last week. I wept.

Last weekend was Charleston Wedding Leisure Explosion, so pretty much everybody was out of town, living it up with our newlywed friends Jeremy and Kristin Hall:

Part of that living it up did include a few cases of homebrew! Everyone who tried it (Indie Pale Ale, Cali Lagerithm, Stevie Money Honey) seemed to enjoy what they were trying, and not even just ’cause we’re all friends, which is great news. Only can improve from here!