Alright, I admit it, the beautiful Catie and I would love to be in Ireland right now with Andy, Jonna, Marianne and ING Tim. We’ve been keeping tabs on them with an app called untappd (yes, thats how it’s spelled). It allows you to check in whenever you are enjoying a cold one and let everyone know what you think of your beer and where you are drinking it. Well, Andy and Jonna have been sampling quite a few brews over on the Emerald Isle…I know! It is a surprise! Untappd allows you to track your favorite watering hole, see what others are saying about it. I’m no IT expert, I have a tee shirt that says “low tech man in a high tech world” it’s not a joke! However, I have managed, with some help, to get untapped up and running on my smart phone. It’s been pretty cool, of course you can friend people and see what they’re up to if you want. Andy calls it the Facebook of beer, but it’s not that wide open, it pretty much limits your inputs to beer, so none of that oh, “how am i feeling today” stuff. At LBC we like it because we get real time honest opinions on our beer and that is what really matters to us. The vast majority of you seem to like our beer so, we’ll do our part and keep brewing it. I want to plug a new outlet for some of LBC’s brews that is opening soon in Stillman Valley (my home town), it’s at the old East end, new owners Todd and Diane will be opening under the name “Theo’s Thirsty Cow”. We’ll have more on the date when we get it. It’s great venue, outdoor deck and bar, gaming, food, great people. I’ll see you there, it’s 2 miles from my house! Sainte! TC.
Are you the Brewmaster? Andy and I get asked this one quite a bit, so I wanted to explain why you will hear us say something like “well, we don’t describe ourselves that way because that is a specific title that usually requires some formal education. I say usually because of the many different descriptions of requirements you will find if you search Brewmaster on the internet. Andy and I are more comfortable with the title of brewer. Heres a short description I found on the internet, “Brewmasters supervise the entire brewing process, from start to finish. Depending on the size of the brewery, they can be in charge of everything from raw material selection to recipe formulation. Brewmasters also manage the staff and oversee the brewery’s finances. In the end, the brewmaster is ultimately the one responsible for the quality of the beer”. At LBC we have titles, mine is Head Brewer, Andy’s is Brewery Operations Manager and Ross is the President. We all share the duties listed in the brewmaster description above. Staff management, finances and marketing are Ross’s domain, Andy and I share in recipe development, raw material selection, producing the beer, monitoring the brewing process and cleaning/ sanitizing equipment, Andy takes care of a bunch of collateral duties such as ordering supplies and ingredients, troubleshooting/ repairing beer delivery systems, support systems maintenance, etc. Can someone who started brewing at home and never went to college call themselves Brewmaster? Probably, it’s your brewery and your house! Can you spend thousands of dollars and spend weeks/ months or years in classes and call yourself a Brewmaster? Definitely. It’s not as cut and dried as the title Doctor and I suppose that’s really a good thing. Cheers! TC
Hello fellow cerevisaphiles! No, don’t worry, you don’t have to register with local law enforcement, it just means you are a big fan of Beer!
Why do we pour beer into a glass at an angle? If you pour it straight down the middle it will foam too much possibly leaving your pint flat. Start at about a 45 degree angle then finish upright, it should leave a nice bit of head, practice makes perfect. However, greasy fingers or lipstick can inhibit head formation, so, cleanliness is required.
Ever wonder why the foam isn’t the same color as the beer? It’s because of the light that is bouncing around in the bubbles. Seems that during the cold war beer and other food items were placed in proximity to nuclear bomb tests to see how it affected the items, GOOD NEWS! The beer was still safe to drink as long as it was greater that 1270 feet away and was not hit by any debris.
Finally, the glass shape you drink your brew from can affect the flavor and aroma, a snifter that you cup in your hand will warm up from the body heat enhancing aroma and will affect flavor, this is advisable for beers that are designed to be served a little warmer. A thick mug with a handle helps your brew stay cold longer by keeping your hand away, plus the thick glass has insulating properties. The rim size and shape can affect aroma by concentrating or dissipating vapors as well. Seems the more you study this favorite beverage of ours, the more you realize how much thought and planning go into the production, preservation, and enjoyment of it