Monday, July 20, 2009

Brewing Frenzy

Hi everyone!!
Well, it's 11:00 at night and I am starting by second half of todays work.
The mash tun is making it's sweet elixir as I wait.
We are making 40 barrels each of Woodys, 1 Planet Ale and Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.
Back when Sand Creek "was on the farm" that much beer would be about half a years production!
I am starting a 30+hr run of brewing, don't worry, I've got Nate for 10 hrs. Tuesday so I can go home and catch a nap.
If all things work out I will be done by the time the sun comes up on Wednesday, Jim said I could have that day off!!
Actually we have all taken Wednesday off, I have too many lagers in the system now and they have slowed us down a bit.
People always ask me why I work around the clock, I tell them "once the kettles are hot and dirty we might as well keep them running."
It is easier to clean once than spend 2 hrs. a day cleaning.
We have to be efficient to get more beer thru the system, we walked into the cooler last week and Jim wanted to use it as a refrigerated handball court!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by on Saturday for our Karner Blue tours and also for blowing Miller Lite out of the water for sales downtown.
Lite sold 3 half barrels but so did 1 Planet ale and Groovy Brew!
We appreaciate all of your support !!!

Friday at 3 p.m. we will be giving tours again this week along with Saturday, 12 to 4p.m.

Jim will be busy in Clayton for the sportsman's club beer fest.

Dan and Donna will be in Marshfield for the Hub City days beer fest.
1 to 5p.m. and $25 at the gate.

We will also be supporting the Kickapoo county fair.
Mark is putting on a chocolate and beer tasting in the Kickapoo Kitchen from 4 til 6:30 with a cost of $10.
What could be wrong with that? Chocolate....Beer.....Yum!

Well, back to work. See you all soon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another fine weekend!

3,744 individual rib portions
400 participants
70 different and unique beers
15 breweries
6 Different rib cookers!

A HUGE Congratulations to Kevin and Pic for scoring the Peoples Choice award at the Chetek Rib and Brew fest held last weekend! It was a perfect day for ribs and beer (well what days are not?), perfect temperature, great sunshine, great friends, cool breeze - all in all an "Optimal Beer Drinking type day!

An extra special thanks to the organizers of the Chetek Fest for putting on such a wonderful event.

To all of you followers of good beer and ribs - I cant recommend this event enough! Don't miss it next year!

Ok - on to what is happening THIS weekend. This weekend is the Karner Blue Butterfly festival. This event is being held right here in Black River Falls. There are craft booths, a parade, live music, chicken dinner and of course brewery tours and good beer! The events start on Saturday Morning and run all day.

Brewery tours will start at 10am and run till 4pm (ish)

See you then

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Holiday Weekend Update - VERSION 2


Just a quick post to let everyone know that we will be open for our usual madness on Friday night (Doors open at 3pm - tours at 3:30pm)

We will be CLOSED on Saturday the 4th in observance of the 4th of July!

We will also be CLOSED on Monday the 6th.