May 13th, 2014 - Not The Last Guardian of Podcasts...Obviously

Back at the video game podcasting again…actually we have been regularly but I just have been forgetting to share them with ya’ll.

Was drinking that Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale all night long! Love that beer!

culturepulp:

Pretty happy with how these Sasquatch Brewing Co. labels are coming together. (I drew the squatches a while back. Bill provided colors.)

Super cool to see what other designers are doing for other breweries. Also…their deep fried kimchee pickles are to die for. High-res

culturepulp:

Pretty happy with how these Sasquatch Brewing Co. labels are coming together. (I drew the squatches a while back. Bill provided colors.)

Super cool to see what other designers are doing for other breweries. Also…their deep fried kimchee pickles are to die for.

Fans Sue Arena After Video Reveals Large And Small Beers Are Same Size

Not really a shocker but still so dishonest and disgusting. I don’t see how the fans won’t win this one. I’m more interested to see if there are more suits against other places…maybe no one else is doing this…

Choosing your craft beer brand names: Trademark law - Part I

How Breweries Kept Busy During Prohibition

hugharmitage:

What exactly did those breweries do? Ice cream!

See kids, history can be fun.

Dirty Heads - "Garland" Acoustic

About to go to drinks with my former intern who I can now call a colleague and pass on some wisdom.

Possibly one of the best days in the last 6 years, helping shape and educate the future.

Only posting this song because this acoustic album has me in a great mood haha!

So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery... | Serious Eats: Drinks

qhrumphf:

abeerpilgrim:

qhrumphf:

beerdirective:

Very good/interesting article. Happiest brewers are the hobbyists? Wouldn’t be the first time commercialism killed a passion I guess :-/

This is an EXCELLENT article. I’ve heard this advice from a number of homebrewers gone pro.

The point it drives home so well is that if you want to step up your brewing game and go pro, don’t romanticize the idea. Because, much like homebrewing, you will be spending a LOT of time cleaning. And then, unlike with homebrewing, any waste when brewing is money out the door. A big enough mistake in a big enough brewery can mean thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars quite literally going down the drain. So there’s that pressure. And of course, there’s the paperwork. Especially if you’re the owner.

I would love to get into professional brewing. And I’d have no problem with the much more prevalent and much less glamorous heavy lifting, scrubbing, and cleaning taking up more time than actual brewing (hell, understanding that at first, I’d be doing 100% lifting, scrubbing, and cleaning, and 0% brewing). My issue is the $8 an hour (or less) starting wage, even for some pretty experienced brewers. The Brewing Network’s “Brew Strong” is doing a “Getting A Brewery Job” series of episodes, and apparently that’s the reality. Starting at near minimum wage is pretty much commonplace.

It’s even common to start out making LESS than Minimum Wage at small startup breweries. Consumers would probably be surprised at how much of their craft beer is being made and/or packaged by volunteers or so-called “interns.” Craft brew “internships” are a crafty way to get around paying some employees AT ALL. Many cash-strapped brewery startups (and they pretty much ALL are) forgo paying their employees wages, instead offering that knowledge and ‘on-the-job training’ as payment itself.

I can think of at least one microbrewery that employs zero packaging workers and even raised the money for their packaging line through crowd-sourcing. (An expansion at an established brewery, not a brand new business) It’s these types of unsustainable ‘entrepreneurial innovations’ that will necessitate a fallout… how long can these crafty guys keep their free labor force in action… and off their accounting sheets…?

I’ve heard of this many times. And many of the “interns” gladly eat up the opportunity to “volunteer” and work for free.. However, it’s of questionable legality. In the “Brew Strong” episode(s) I referred to, Jamil Zainasheff actually talks about that. Free labor is just flat out illegal in most if not every state (unless the brewery is a non-profit, I suppose), even if not always thoroughly enforced. He mentioned how it pertains to Heretic (and the State of California) as a required calculation of the sum of both wages (or lack thereof), as well as the value of the education they’re providing, and how that’s legally required to meet or exceed what they would make were they to just get a regular job on the open market. It’s a tricky equation that many breweries likely fudge the numbers on, which could easily get them in trouble down the line. Other breweries (such as Heretic) opt to avoid that situation entirely by making folks paid employees and not offering unpaid “internships” or accepting “volunteers”.

It’s a problem in just about every industry…the design industry is notorious for non-paid internship, “logo contests” and it highlights the problem with most start-ups not having the capital they need. It’s a scummy thing to do and and the attitude that you should be grateful for the opportunity.

Beyond Maple Syrup: Tapping Black Walnut Trees

I have a ton of these in my area…looks like its going to be the base for my spring beers this year.

Maltball III -- Friday 3/7 and Saturday 3/8

Who is going to Maltball? 

Why I Brew

Great feature of women in brewing. There is not enough representation in the industry and this was a well deserved feature.

popchartlab:

Charting 500+ beers over more than 16 square feet, the Magnificent Multitude of Beer wall map is also the perfect jerk-ass, taunting gift for your friend that gave up drinking for Lent. (Click here to see the full print.)
And new this week — Custom hand-made framing options are now available for giant-sized prints like this one!

Super fun and cool High-res

popchartlab:

Charting 500+ beers over more than 16 square feet, the Magnificent Multitude of Beer wall map is also the perfect jerk-ass, taunting gift for your friend that gave up drinking for Lent. (Click here to see the full print.)

And new this week — Custom hand-made framing options are now available for giant-sized prints like this one!

Super fun and cool

Hops Contain Secrets for Dental Health (Scientific Study)

Another victory for beer!

No, Medieval people didn't drink booze to avoid dirty water

hugharmitage:

I liked this myth. I’m going to miss it…

Wah Wah Wah…this is one of those times where I’m eating some crow because this is what I’ve read time and time again.

My one question is if this has been true throughout humanity or if fermentation was a necessity before medieval times?

Benedictines hop into Oregon's craft brewing scene

I reached out to them a few years ago to see if they had a good library of text about monastic brewing (they do). They told me they were actually looking at creating their own brewery which I thought was awesome because they are in the heart of hop growing country.

What I find interesting is that this church has never had a history of brewing so it’s an entirely new venture. Mt. Angel hosts a fairly large Oktoberfest celebration that is overly commercialized (and not very fun in my opinion) but this could add a little authenticity if you get to tour the brewer and meet the people.

I’m curious to see what beers they will be brewing and if they will be brewing in a monastic tradition or if it will be a completely modern system…I probably should contact them again about a webseries episode.