Friday, January 22, 2010

Crappy Weather and Most Excellent Beers

On Saturday, 1/23 from 1:00-6:00, the LaBrewatory will open the doors and beer will flow. But there's this:

Saturday: Rain or freezing rain, becoming all rain after noon. High near 36. Breezy, with a southeast wind between 18 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

It doesn't bode well, but what-the-hell. Bring your 4x4 and/or your sleeping bag. We'll be here - maybe (and I mean maybe...) we'll see you here. Be safe!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Matacabras - coming soon!

Having rolled the boulder up the proverbial hill for more times than I care to talk about, the next beer launch from the BrewFarm's LaBrewatory is on its way.
From the bottom of the six-pack:

In Spain, MATACABRAS is “the wind that kills goats.” In Wisconsin, it's the first in a series of wind-themed specialty beers from the BrewFarm.

In our part of the Upper Midwest there’s nothing like a brisk north wind to get your attention. So when we stumbled upon the name of this wicked Spanish breeze, we decided to brew up something that would likewise stop folks in their tracks.

We brew for flavor and for the overall “beer experience,” and our results are often curious and always distinctive. This unique new ale is no exception. Like its name, it is dark, mysterious, and difficult to translate into a familiar category. The deep hue and creamy body might suggest one style, but the floral aroma and Trappist-inspired flavors say another.

It is dark, yet not heavy; complex, yet balanced; strong, yet very smooth ... and unusually satisfying.

I dunno about you, but that kinda makes me thirsty...

Working with the crew at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, WI, Matacabras was crafted last week and is fermenting away nicely. Hoping to get "Mata" packaged in early February - but that all depends on the yeasties. They're in "control" of the process and timelines at the moment. We gave them an abundant amount and variety of sugars, a healthy dose of O2 to start and a balmy ferment temp to get the party started.

Farmer Dave hard-at-work on the grain-out of Matacabras. (Note the OSHA-approved Sponge Bob safety hat...)

We look forward to sharing a bottle or two of Matacabras with the growing legions of BrewFarm Friends (aka BFFs...).


A new BrewFarm Family Addition!

We at the BrewFarm would like to welcome the latest addition to our brewing family, "Milkee" our hot liquor storage tank. She joins us at a bouncing 550 pounds, 8-feet long, 5-feet wide and about 4.5-feet tall, with a capacity of 600 gallons.

She was a rescue from an old, decrepit dairy barn and comes from the excellent bloodlines of the Mueller family of tanks. She'll eventually be hooked-up to our solar thermal system to provide the brewery with a bounty of hot water.

Ain't she shiny and purdy! (Doesn't every parent say that?!?) Stop by soon and welcome our new addition!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nice article

A nice view of the BrewFarm: