Beer Republic Bierwerks – Opening September 24, 2016
That’s right, a new brewery is hitting town. Well, if you live in Woodbridge, Virginia, that is…
Later this month, Beer Republic Bierwerks is opening in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge. They are throwing open their doors and inviting all “citizens” to participate in the democratic process of selecting a hand-made, craft beer and sharing some time with your fellow citizenry.
This past week, we had two of the Head’s-of-State on a hangout with us to discuss their vision for a greater Northern Virginia. We are convinced that Prime Minister, Jeff Frederick and Minister of Operations, Ryan Heisey, are the future of this great Nation. Check out the video below, or find the Pints and Quarts podcast to get all of the governmental details.
Many of the folks that follow us here at Craft Beer Nation know how much we love what Aslin Beer Co. is doing with their limited capacity up in Herndon, Virginia. After months of selling their supply of turbid IPAs and clean and inventive Berliners out each weekend, they are finally going public with their plan to meet some of the demand.
Last night, we invited two of the co-founders at Aslin to share the details with us on our YouTube channel via a live stream. We had Kai Leszkowicz and Andrew Kelley spend some time with us. The video has more information, but here are some quick details:
The new brewing equipment will be 10 hectolitres on the hot side (oversized a bit to be about 8.5 bbl in capacity), and then starting with four 20 hectolitre fermenters. They are also going to hold on to a few of their 4 barrel fermenters that have been serving them so well.
In addition to the new brewing capacity, they are going to start bottling some releases. They are installing a 4-head filler, and will release in the 500ml and 750ml sizes. They will still have their Crowler machine running, and will fill growlers, but the bottles will make for much easier management of releases.
The new equipment is being installed this fall, and they expect to be brewing their first batches on it around Thanksgiving time.
In the meantime, they are in the midst of working on a run of great sounding collaborations. You can watch the video for more specifics, but several of our moderators at Craft Beer Nation are attending Snallygaster in DC in September, and we can’t hide our excitement about getting to taste the collaboration Aslin is doing with Triple Crossing Brewing Company out of Richmond, VA. This pair of brewing greats are making a double IPA called “Form and Void”, and will be pouring it at the one-day festival on September 17th at The Yards in DC. If tickets are still available, you shouldn’t miss this great fall beer fest. Comment if you are going, and we can share a pretzel necklace!
In the news this past week New Belgium Brewing issued a press release announcing a donation of $4.3 million dollars to Colorado State University. The money is going to build a beer garden at the football stadium.
This will be the first facility of it’s kind in college sports stadiums, and we in the Nation are hoping it sparks a trend. Well, a trend for infrastructure investment that is. As for educational investment, this is the second time in two years that New Belgium has granted some money to CSU.
In the Spring of 2015, CSU was the recipient of a million-dollar gift from New Belgium Brewing and it’s then CEO, Kim Jordan. That was to bolster their fermentation sciences degree program. Craft Beer Nation interviewed CSU’s Director of Industry Outreach, Jeffrey Callaway on an episode of Pints and Quarts in April of 2015. Here is the video from that:
Maybe we should get Jeff back on the show to see how things are going with that program…
Pints and Quarts Episode 054 welcomes Foothills Brewing to our show. We have the pleasure of interviewing Jamie Bartholomaus, the President and Brewmaster at Foothills.
About Foothills Brewing
Starting in 2005 with just 800 barrels Jaimie has grown Foothills into a multimillion dollar regional brewery approaching 40,000 barrels a year.
Sexual Chocolate – Foothills Brewing
While Foothills makes a slew of great beers they are perhaps best well known for the buzz surrounding Sexual Chocolate. A cocoa infused Imperial Stout coming in at 9.75% ABV, this is one powerhouse craft beer.
Here’s the description from their website:
A cocoa infused Imperial Stout. Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.
As if that wasn’t enough they also seasonally brew a bourbon barrel aged version.
For Pints and Quarts Episode 053 we will be interviewing Dave Benfield, Founder and Jim Wagner, Brewmaster of DuClaw Brewing out of Maryland.
DuClaw opened its doors in its original location way back in 1996 and has continued to grow and expand to a state of the art facility on the outskirts of Baltimore. You can read more about how Dave went from homebrewer to DuClaw’s “grand poo-bah”here.
With beer names like Sweet Baby Jesus, Dirty Little Freak and Hellrazer DuClaw doesn’t shy away from being creative and different.
Drop whatever plans you might have for Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 9:3o0PM Eastern and tune into Craft Beer Nation Pints and Quarts Ep. 051 for a live interview with Stewart Bowman, Head Brewer of Brew Dog, all the way from Scotland. We’re super excited to be able to talk to Stewart. Between the upcoming Brew Dog expansion into the US and what it’s like to work with James Watt and Martin Dickie there’s sure to be plenty to discuss.
Also joining in as a special guest will be our friend, and prolific craft beer reviewer, Simon Martin, Real Ale Craft Beer, all the way from Cardiff. Simon reviews multiple beers a day and uploads them to his YouTube channel . You can also find him on Periscope where you get the behind the scenes live look at his review process. Simon is a man who loves craft beer and that really shines through in his reviews. They are always entertaining and sometimes epic.
It’s an international edition of PnQ. And since it will be 2:30AM over there we greatly appreciate them both going out of their way to join us on our show.
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Jeremy Danner started at Boulevard back in 2008 as a full time brewer and spent a few years being the brewing face of the brewery, developing the skills that developed into his current role, since 2013 as Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer.
So just what is an Ambassador Brewer? According to Jeremy:
“I do our social media. I also am kind of involved with recipe formulation, and cuz of all of the travel I get to see what’s happening in a lot of different beer scenes around the country and try to bring back that information to kind of help us be informed on what’s happening, what sorts of beers we should make and what’s going on.”
As our host Matthew Miller jokingly summed up: “So, you’re a spy. Your Ambassador duties include spying.”
Having never homebrewed Jeremy made his first batch of beer professionally in 2006 in a neighborhood brew pub where he bartended. He brewed 7 barrels and hasn’t looked back since.
For our full conversation with Jeremy Danner, Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer watch here
-Jeremy Danner’s road to Ambassador Brewer
-Ommegang Nirvana IPA brewed at Boulevard
-On Boulevard Being purchased by Duvel
-Imperial Stout X Series
-The Calling IPA – Boulevard’s new super hopped IPA or, as Jeremy says: “The Beer of Destiny”
This week on Pints and Quarts we spend some time with Mike Mallozzi of Borderlands Brewing Company. They are located in Tuscon, AZ, and if you are in their distribution area, I suggest you seek them out. A vanilla porter? A soured ale? What, what?
Don’t forget to schedule your Thursday evening around us this week. We will have Kim Jordan from New Belgium joining us at 9:30pm EST….live!!
Live on Thursday (1/22/15) night at 9:30pm EST (and available anytime afterwards right here too), we will spend some time with Rob Tarves of Spring House Brewing Co. in Lancaster, PA Area. Rob is the Head Brewer of Spring House and we will be talking about their history, their beers, and their plans for the future. We interviewed them a few years back, and are excited to see what delicious concoctions they have come up with since.
Up north, in Alaska, they are making some delicious beer. Everyone west of the Mississippi can get it, and this week on Pints and Quarts, so do some of us Easterners. Watch our conversation with Andy Kline of Alaskan Brewing Company, and see how things are going with their co-gen project, what their seasonals for 2015 are, and what Andy thinks about the Sierra Nevada-Lagunitas brouhaha this past week.
Don’t forget to tune in next week as we interview the fine crafters at Spring House Brewing!