Brewer's Blog

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flavour Training

Thanks all for the great response to the Flavour Training Courses.

We've sold out both courses we had planned quite quickly.  We're taking names now for a potential course in late March, and if we have 20 people to take it, I'll go ahead and run the course for them.

Cask Nights

As you can see on the front page of our website, there's a of cask night coming up in the near future.  For those of you unfamiliar with cask ale here's the Wikipedia definition:
"Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure."

Some breweries like to serve their cask ale through a "beer engine" which is basically a hand pump to get the beer into a glass.  We prefer the gravity method because it's relatively idiot proof.  Pop a cask on the counter, hammer the tap into it and serve directly into glasses via gravity.  This also leads to some interesting keg tapping routines where everyone gets sprayed with beer.  Check out a video here.

$ellout $tout

There's a batch of our $ellout $tout that will be wakened shortly from its six month + slumber in the barrels.  Now that we've got the labels here and some time, we'll be getting down to business and bottling the beer up.  Keep your eyes on our front page for a date.

For those of you who preferred Chris' Rigamarole Rye, we'll be filling the barrels with one more batch of that beer before we retire them.  It won't be ready till sometime in late August, though.

February 1st, 2006

Remember that day?  We certainly do!
It's the first day that Half Pints officially began business in our location on Keewatin Street.  We've come a long way in the five years since the days of staff meetings at the picnic table.

We don't count our official anniversary until August 9th, since that's the day that we actually started selling beer to the public.

The first few months were a maddening salad of inspections, red tape, contractors and planning.  Looking back it's hard to believe we got through it without killing someone.

We're planning our some beers for the coming year and have some fun stuff coming down the pipeline.

Cheers!  Brewmaster Dave