The first thing people ask when you tell them you are opening a brewery is, “What kind of beer are you going to brew?”
Ever since I was little, I have been waiting expectantly for the day that I could be a crotchety old man. While I’m still not old enough to pull my pants up to my armpits and complain about everything, I do feel I should get some practice in, so I can hit the ground running -- or, you know, ambling, with the help of my cane -- when I am old. For best results, read this blog entry in a crotchety old man voice.
Craft beer is too popular these days, I tells ya’. Why just this weekend, I tried to go the grand opening of the Jester King Brewery here on the outskirts of Austin, Texas and you know what happened? I got turned away! You see, the good folks at Jester King expected 1,000 to 2,000 people to attend their event, but 4,000 showed up! And the Haye’s County Sheriff’s Department closed the event down.
I must say the toughest part about starting a brewery is coordinating all the little parts. Sure, the paperwork is enormous. I think I killed a couple of trees trying to perfect my TTB application.
I’ve always been lucky. Ask my wife. Ask anybody that knows me. Things just work out well for me.
OK, 2011 is here and it's the time of year when many people make their New Year's Resolutions, or for brewers, their Brew Year's Resolutions. Here are mine:
1.) Stop using stupid phrases like "Brew Year's Resolutions" in my blog.
2.) Perform as many experiments as I can. First up for 2011 are four brews to test lautering methods (continuous vs. batch), as part of the BYO/BBR Collaborative Experiments series.
3.) Budget my time with an eye towards freeing up more time for brewing. In 2010, I was very busy and my brewing suffered. In 2011, I'll have many of the same time conflicts (and likely some new ones), but I hope to free up as much time as possible to knock some batches out....