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An Introduction: Silver Wolf Brewing Co.

Posted in Beer News with tags , on August 27, 2010 by sp1365

As many people who have met me or talked to me either face to face or on Twitter (@sp1365) know that my dream is to own a craft brewery and share craft beer with others. Many people also know that for the last few months I have started working heavily on making that dream a reality and today I wanted to begin sharing my progress with the rest of you by “officially” announcing/introducing the business I am in the process of building and debut the logo that has been in the works for a while. The goal of the brewery is to produce  mainly English session beers, historical styles that are barely produced today, and English/American fusion beers.

I must also give a huge thank you to Josh at Brew Brand Creative for all the work that he did on this logo and putting up with me through this process and with that here is the logo for Silver Wolf Brewing Co.

I will have a post up sometime this weekend with more information regarding this venture and what you can expect from me and the brewery going forward.

Cheers!

The Return of The Daily Pint

Posted in Beer News with tags , on July 31, 2010 by sp1365

Well, it has been a while, my friends. I have been gone for some time, but now I am back. New brews, new reviews, and my take on all things happening in the beer world.

Though I havn’t been around much, I have been brewing quite often as well has having my daily pint of craft beer (or two on some days). Right now I have a nice Impy Stout aging, English Summer Ale ready to keg, an Amber Ale carbing up, and a Burton Ale planned for tommorow.

The biggest news though is my decision to take the leap into the ranks of professional brewers in the next year. I have started the planning and development of a nanobrewery that, I hope, will start selling late summer or early fall of next year. Stay tuned for more information.

Tonight for your reading pleasure and to kick of my return, I will be reviewing the special release from Two Brothers Brewery, Hop Juice. A Double India Pale Ale that cracks the triple digit IBU threshold.

Prost!

Cask Ale Redefined: Marston’s Fast Cask

Posted in Beer News with tags , , , on March 16, 2010 by sp1365

Today Marston’s is announcing their new concept, the Fast Cask. The exclusive can be found at Pete Brown’s Beer Blog: EXCLUSIVE: Marston’s Redefines Cask Ale. This announcement is bound to give the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) a heart attack, but I think that should this concept work, and not be exclusive to Marston’s, could be one of the most important developments in cask ale history.

Here are a couple of highlights from Pete Brown.

On how the Fast Cask works:

Without going into too much technical detail, Fast Cask is still cask ale because it has live yeast working in the barrel, conditioning the beer. But that yeast has been put through an innovative process that makes it form beads which do not dissolve into the beer. These beads act like sponges, drawing beer through them to create the secondary fermentation.

Advantages:

What this means is that Fast Cask ale casks can stand a lot rougher treatment than a standard ale cask. They don’t need time to settle, which means they can be delivered to festivals and events that don’t normally have cellaring facilities. If a tapped cask is knocked, moved or even upended, the beer inside will still be clear. When not in use, a cask can be stored on its end, making it much more practical in small, cramped cellars.

The process means the beer no longer requires finings, so cask ale becomes acceptable to vegans.

Here is why I love the concept of the Fast Cask. I think that cask ale is one of the best methods of serving beer. Unfortunately,  due to the finicky nature of  cask ale, it has been dying out and especially here in America is extraordinarily hard to find. The potential upside of the Fast Cask in England is the revival of cask ale, but the even greater upside should it become available is the growth of cask ale here in America. Unfortunately, the Fast Cask will most likely undergo the same sort of battle that the cask breather fought. Hopefully this time progress is favored over tradition, but only time will tell.

The PA Fiasco

Posted in Beer News, Ramblings with tags , , on March 12, 2010 by sp1365

In the past couple of days, 3 beer bars and 1 distributor have been raided by PA State Police. Their offense? Selling unregistered beer, well that isn’t completely true. Most of the beer was registered with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) , unfortunately the registrations were for generic names such as “Duvel Beer” not “Duvel Belgian Golden Ale.” With the explosive over the last 20-30 years of craft beer in America, we are beginning to see that the beer laws of many states are outdated.

The law in question is one where breweries are required to pay a $75 registration fee for every product they want to sell in the state of PA. This law does not seem as unreasonable in a time of macrobreweries, few product lines, and even less imports. However, today, craft breweries, many of which are very small operations with fewer than 10 employees, are constantly releasing special runs and new beers, each of which must be registered with the PLCB.  Not only does this law create a disincentive for craft breweries to distribute in the state of PA, but also makes what happened this past week even more likely. Much of the beer confiscated was properly registered, but due to clerical error was deemed illegal. In addition, some of the truly illegal beer came from craft breweries that simply forgot to register their beer. Further complicating matters, were beers brewed by now defunct breweries whose beers are now illegal in the state of PA since no one is around to register their beers, even though the beers were properly registered at the time sold.

The real problem in all of this is that the PA law is archaic in regards to the current market for beer in America. The real losers in all of this are PA craft beer drinkers and surprisingly enough the state of PA.  The reason I say that is that all this law will do is further shrink the number of craft breweries that distribute to PA leading to a reduction in selection for the consumer and a loss of tax revenue for the state.

I highly doubt that PA is the only state whose laws are antiquated in respect to beer laws. Many of the beer laws today are structured in a time where craft beer was nonexistent and selection meant choice from Budweiser,  Miller, or Coors. What we need are laws that are responsive and take into account the growing diversity of beer in our country.