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Boca Verde IPA

Just a quick blurb about my most recent brew, again I apologize for not being more of a blogosauras*, but things are crazy busy right now. Boca Verde IPA: Brewed 4/25

  • Expected OG: 1.068
  • Actual OG: 1.072 (my efficiency has been too good lately!)
  • IBU: 90+
  • Expected FG: 1.016
  • Actual FG: 1.015
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Fermentables: Pale 2-Row, American Wheat, Carapils and Turbinado sugar.
  • Hops: Bittering – Columbus.   Flavor/Aroma – Centennial, Citra, Simcoe. Dry Hop – Citra, Simcoe, Columbus
  • Yeasties: WLP001 California Ale

Suffice it to say I've never used this many hops in an IPA before, the flameout/whirlpool hop additions were insane! That makes it a fairly expensive beer to make, and my expectations are high. Sampled tonight upon kegging and adding the second round of dry hops, and it was good enough for some serious fist pumps by myself in the garage. Could be the best beer I've ever made...we'll have to see.

*one who blogs a lot

6/2/13 Edit: Not the best beer I've ever made. Certainly a good beer, but there was a CO2 issue in my system and the kegs sat flat for a few days, that's what I'm blaming on the change in flavor and aroma from my first tastes.  Will try this beer again though, probably knocking off ~.8%ABV and 20IBU.

Austin Beerworks - Branding Excellence

Austin Beerworks - Branding Excellence

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Ever just go to random brewery's websites to look around at what they're up to and if their beer looks interesting or if it looks like they're having fun? Yeah, me too. Check out Austin Beerworks - clean and visually appealing website (need someone to design one of these for me), recognizable and un-obnoxious branding, and hilarious beer descriptions. Maybe their beer isn't great (I've never had it) - but I'd still go to their brewery or buy a sixer at least once because they are winning on the marketing and humor front.

Ex Novo, learning on the weekend.

New Developments

New Developments

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Due to my recent unemployed state, I've had a lot of extra time and motivation to hone the alluded-to-before brewery idea. If you've heard my pitch before, I've told you how I wanted to open a brewery in Portland with great beer and use it as a tool to raise money for non-profits out there in the world kicking ass and needing funds. I haven't known exactly how this would look, but recent conversations with friends and people excited about this vision have steered us into thinking of going full nonprofit, whether or not we're able to get a 501(c)(3). I've had my head buried in this for the last week: handbook And have really been thinking it's the right move. A LOT of details still need to be figured out, but it does look a bit different than my original plan on account  of the board of directors piece and moving from 'owner' to 'founder', etc. (Did you know that non-profits don't have owners?) But I'm stoked to get others involved and have a broader level of buy-in. I've also got a good buddy (who will remain nameless until he gives me the OK) who's indicated he wants to be more involved on the ground level; this is good. Really good.

If you're reading this and thinking "I've got a million dollars I've been really wanting to give away to an amazing startup," go ahead and click here to get in touch with us. Same if you have some retail/restaurant space with high ceilings that needs leasing at a supremely low rate. Or you just have some brilliant idea that you're itching to share - sock it to me.

More on this later as it comes into focus...

Completion IIPA Review

Completion IIPA Review

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It's been awhile since I reviewed one of our own beers, as it turns out I'm well pleased with this Double IPA  we have - it turns 2 months old today and it is really coming along nicely. If you hate hops, you will HATE this beer. We did not skimp at all with the late kettle additions and dry hops on the Completion, and the result is a super flavorful, easy to drink big beer that I will be lament being out of. Using the RateBeer system, here are my thoughts - add yours if you've come over to try it...IMG_20121205_114819

This guy finished at 8.2%, 116 IBUs, 1.017 FG

Appearance (4/5): Pours a gorgeous light orange with some ruby hues, good white head on it.

Aroma (8.5/10): Big hop aroma: Grapefruit, Pine and Tropical Fruits all up in your nose

Taste (8/10): Definitely on the hop-focused side of balanced, bitter but not harsh. Citrus and fruit flavor picked up on the nose.

Palate (3.5/5): A little too bitter, but the taste doesn't linger, smooth for a IIPA, no alcohol 'heat'

Overall (17/20) I think it's pretty great, especially for a first attempt. It's a hop showcase, the Pacific Jade and Amarillo dominate, with the citrus and pine flavors filling in the gaps. Next version I suggest we take 15-20 IBUs off and leave everything else the same.

Hope I have some left for our Christmas party...