Friday, July 31, 2009

Internet is back

Hey all,

We finally got internet back here in the brewery after being down for a couple of days. I wanted to let you all know that the Dogfish Head dinner went very well. The food and beers were all quite delish! But, good news for all who is reading this, we didn’t go through all of the Dogfish Beers! We are serving them here at the brewery. We have a special tap in the cold room here to pour them with out wasting a drop. We are serving 8 oz pours for $3.00. The first beer we have pouring is the Midas Touch, is a made with honey and saffron. Behind this beer we will be serving (in order) Indian Brown Ale, Sah’Tea, Raison d’etre and then Palo Santo Ale. We only have a few gallons of each left so they might go fast, they might not. Only time will tell.

Now to the P-brew beers; The Moat Mountain Weiss is just about gone and is going to be replaced with our Hefeweizen. This batch is very nice, not overwhelming banana on the palate with a nice clove spiciness in the finish. Also, the cask changed to IPA with East Kent Goldings which is a nice earthy British hop.

That’s it for now.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Just a day away

We just got the delivery of the Dogfish beer so we are ready to rock for the dinner tomorrow. I am not going to be attending the dinner itself but will be around the restaurant and the Jimmy Lapanza lounge after. It is going to be a good time here tomorrow. Hope to see you here.

On tap now the Oatmeal stout is gone and has been replaced by Black Cat Stout. The Thaizenheimer is getting low so if you haven’t had a chance to try it get in here in the next couple of days, order a Spicy Curry Mussels and have a Thaizenheimer. You will be glad you did.


Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm Back!

Hey all,

As Tod mentioned I am back from being on a boat. I was corrected by one of the cruise staff that I was on a ship, rather then a boat. Which totally made sense, since this ship held 2000 passengers as well at 1200 crew to keep all the food, shows and fun running for the full 7 days. I got a great sunburn and lost about 200 bucks in the casino. That is what vacation is all about!

So after landing in Boston on Friday morning and I called Tod to say that I am going to make it up in Portsmouth to catch a ride with him to the Vermont Brewers Fest (VBF). Off from vacation straight to work pouring 3oz beers for thousands of people. No rest for the weary. This years VBF was as crazy as I have ever seen it. All three sessions (one fri night and two on sat) were sold out and every one was thirsty. Plus, it was just Tod and I up there this year so we were pouring for all three sessions. We had to collect tickets while pouring which sounds like a simple concept. Give me one ticket and I give you one beer. But we got every trick in the book pulled on us from the people trying to get a free beer. Young woman just expecting a free beer and complaining after I asked for a ticket smugly saying ,"Oh, I haven't had to use these in a while." People using the fake dropping ticket move and saying, "Oh ya I put it in there." The half ticket in the bucket maneuver. Even the palming of the ticket just in case I didn't ask for it; and once I do acting like they were going to give it to me the whole time. Amazing what people try to do for free beer.

But any who, its Monday after a vacation week so there is tons to do here, so I have to get back to it.


Finally - information about our upcoming Dogfish Head dinner

It's all up on our website and Facebook page. Tickets go on sale Monday the 20th at noon and will be sold exclusively on line. Cheers!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Bad News...

Our mini-Kate Day lasted less than an hour. Alas, it's all gone.

Meanwhile, the clock continues to count down 'till next Kate Day, March 1, 2010.

Good News Bad News

First, the good news: Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout is making a brief appearance at the Portsmouth Brewery today.
The bad news is that we've only got three gallons, which we'll be pouring in 8-ounce servings on a first-come-first-served basis, starting at 11:30 today, when we open our doors.

Here's the deal. Tod had squirreled away a sixtel (5.17 gallon keg) of last February's Kate. Yesterday, he racked off a dozen bottles to serve at an upcoming event (more on that in a later post). Not wanting to have a partial keg sloshing around, we decided to put it on tap and have a teensy-weensy impromptu Kate Day, right in the middle of July. (It's going to go very fast - even with 8-ounce pours, 3 gallons only yields 50 glasses.)

So if you're in the neighborhood and have a minute, stop in for a taste of Tod's famous ebony elixir, while it lasts!



Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm away for one day and look what happens!!

Greetings beer lovers,
So, I take Sunday off and come in Monday morning and three of the beers we had on when I left Sat.PM have gone away and what a new line up we have!! The Murphys was replaced with Weizenheimer, the Bluebeery was replaced with Saison and the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot was replaced with our Imperial IPA. Wow, what a line up especially with the gorgeous weather heading this way. Well, I have tons to do so I've gotta get back to work. Enjoy the sun and quaffable beers! Cheers! Todm

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tyler's on a boat!

Hey All,
Yes, it is true Tyler is on a well deserved vacation...... on a boat..... to Bermuda with his family. So, it is me,Tod, here for another Sat. session and boy have I been busy this morning.... lots of beer moving thru here. The Wit just kicked and we've replaced it with our Thai/Asian influenced wheat beer known as Thaizenheimer. It is spiced with Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and both regular ginger as well as Galangal ginger. What is Galangal you ask?? Galangal is a Thai ginger that has a menthol-like spiciness to it and adds a very unique character to this crisp refreshing light bodied ale. Wow, that was a mouthful! Speaking of mouthfuls I think I'll go have a mouthful of the Thaizen as it is a glorious day here in southern NH! As far as other things happening around here..... I just finished up transferring Weizenheimer which has made it way back into the line-up again. Lots of high fives for the Weizenheimer as it seems to be one of our more popular summer beers. It is an American wheat beer that is both crisp and refreshing with a nice light body. Perfect for summer quaffing! And my last transfer of the morning was the Dirty Blonde.... one of our staples. But the big news for brews this week was Zach Bodah our parttime assistant had a go at a honeymoon beer we let him design. His choice is one of my favorite styles: Saison but not any ordinary saison it is a saison made with honey which in the beer world is known as a Biere de Miele. Honey beer!! Zachs recipe called for some special honey malt and 35 pounds of wildflower honey. It tasted good even before it started fermenting! Some of our special T-58 yeast was the yeast of choice for that unique saison flavor profile. Can't wait but it probably will not make it to to taps til August. Patience!! So that is all I've got for today as I have a few tanks to get cleaning. Have a great weekend and enjoy the outside. Don't forgot to stop by for a mouthful!! Cheers! Todm

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Secret time

Hey all,

Tod just finished transfering the Bluebeery and it was tasting so good. So good that we are going to put in on tommorw, one day early! There I go again giving away all the secrets :) Happy (early) 4th of July!