A BEER IN REVIEW

How is everyone doing out there? As you can see by this picture, I am as happy as a clam…or maybe a sparkly princess.  What a picture right? Matt and Ali have this Sony Camera that can modify a persons smile post picture.  It can make a non smiling person smile and a smiling person look like Jack Nicholson from Batman.  Weird Right?  I’m not sure what the little bambi logo is at the bottom right though.  My steed?

Okay, back on topic.  Last friday marked the second of our annual Beer in Review parties.  We get together, make food, and sample every beer we made in the past year.  This year it was 26.  We were missing a few so it was actually more like 27-28.  The night started out great with some Heirloom Tomato Caprese, Pinot Grigio Salami, Artichoke Hearts, and Crackers.  We had an amazing baked Ziti for the main course and some after dinner Mediterranean cheeses.  Tons of food and tons of beer.  I would really like to say that I was able to see how far we’ve come since the beginning of the year, but honestly even having small tasters of each of the beers was too much for me.  I’m not sure about the rest of our group, but I feel like my expert opinion dissolved into a puddle of mush after the 6th or 7th tasting.  That being said…all the beer was great.  It was fun to taste our 4 most recent Saison’s back to back and it was great cracking open Chimney Sweeper 2010.  Going forward, we will probably break this yearly even into a bi-annual event or just play it by ear depending on our beer turnout.

    Unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures during the night so we’ll just have to settle for Princess Kip.

Next up, John and I are slogging through our LLC paperwork.  We have signed and submitted some of the initial forms, but have a lot more to go.  We are planning a business planning retreat in a few weeks where we will hopefully not drink beer and get tons of work done.  I’m excited.  The first step securing the LLC business name was fun and I’m looking forward to delving further into the paperwork abyss.  I remember Jeremy telling us how tough this part was…we’ll definitely be picking his brain if he has time.

I’ll be racking Rusty Rocket to secondary tonight.  After two week I’ll move it to Keg and we’ll hopefully be ready to serve it.  I’m excited for this recipe.  There are probably going to be a lot more Rye centered or accented beers coming out of our brewing operation in the near future.  It’s a very special grain and it adds incredibly deep flavor and texture to already amazing beers.

 

Finally, John and I met with Think-Brew last night to discuss beer and food pairings.  We had him taste a few beers during an excellently prepared diner, thanks Steph, and he also gave us a mini interview.  His website is pretty cool so you should definitely go check it out if you are interested in the LA & Beyond beer scene.  He just recently did a write up about Hollywood’s Blue Palms gastropub.  I’ve been wanting to go there for some time so this is even more of a reason to go.  I put a link on the main page if you want to find him otherwise it’s www.think-brew.com and @Thinkbrew on twitter.  We’ll be getting together again when Rusty Rocket is done.

I think that’s it for now.  Remember to tell your friends about our facebook page and you can follow us on twitter as well.

Brew On!

Kip

About Kristofor Barnes

Kip is the founder of Bierkast and co-founder of Los Angeles Ale Works. Picking up home brewing after college, he has since become an accomplished award winning home brewer, LA Beer Blogger, and author of the Beer Lover's Guide to Southern California. Kip is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television. He lives in Inglewood, CA with his sciency wife Katie. Follow him @bierkast or #FollowTheLAAW @laaleworks

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