Archive for October, 2009

First Porter

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

After a run of IPAs, we decided to brew a porter for a change of pace. Something dark for the few cold months in charleston.   It’s halfway through oct and it’s gone. so much for seasonally appropriate drinking. For a trial run, this was as good as we could have hoped for.  In the glass it’s almost black with a thick brown head. looks like a giant espresso.   It’s lighter on the palate than it looks.   Medium well integrated carbonation, Coffee, Chocolate, balanced with some cascade acidity that comes across on the nose.  A really well balanced porter that you can drink a few of  at 5-6%.

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Clean Lines at the Griffon in Charleston

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

I just finished cleaning the draught lines at the Griffon in Charleston.  The Griffon has definitely become a good place to get a beer downtown.  Right now they’re pouring 15  different drafts including DFH 90 minute, Well’s Bombardier, Coast Kolsch, Foothills Dbl. IPA, and Founder’s Breakfast Stout.  Now that Southeastern Tap Technicians have been there, they have squeaky clean draught lines.  Every Tuesday night at 6:00 they have trivia with a $50 bar tab for first place.

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Garret Oliver at CBX

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Garret Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery will be at the Charleston Beer Exchange on Tuesday, October 20th.  I had the opportunity to hang out with Garrett the last time he was in Charleston.  We took a drive over to Coast brewery and hung out with Dave & Co.  He is a super nice guy and an icon in the beer industry.  Apparently they will have the latest Brewmaster’s Reserve “The Manhattan Project”, on the growler station, which is a play on the classic Manhattan cocktail.  The event will be from 4-6 and sounds like fun.

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Mellow Mushroom in Hilton Head, SC

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I hand delivered some beer flight sets to a Mellow Mushroom in Hilton Head, SC on Wednesday.  They had about twenty different beers on draft and a healthy selection of bottles.  I sat with my Mom and we split a Bell’s Oberon while we watched the manager of the restaurant bust out his new wares.  I swear, every person that picks up one of my flight paddles has an instant initial reaction to want to smack somebody with it, wether it be with harmful or “playful” intent.

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Brambling Cross Single Hop IPA

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

We kegged the Brambling Cross Single Hop IPA last week, made two separate IPA’s, and moved our porter to a secondary fermenter.  Seems to be moving right along, with the exception of our local source for ingredients shutting its doors to the public.  Coast Brewery wasn’t doing enough business out of their home brew shop so they closed it up. It stinks that their wasn’t enough demand.

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Single Hop Chinook IPA

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

After getting the Porter brewed I went ahead and force carbonated the IPA that was done with the Chinook hops.  The Chinook is far more aggressive than the Centennial was.  The characteristic I found to be most prevalent, is the grapefruit taste that is gives off.  It almost makes you want to pucker when you take the first couple of sips.  It left a dry, almost tannic strip right down the center of my tongue.  When we brewed with the Centennial, we used the exact same recipe, boil time, yeast, fermentation time, amount of hops, etc……  but the hop character was much more  subtle.

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