Southwest Brewing News December 2014/January 2015 : Page 1
Brewers+Resolutions= ILLUSTRATION BY: HANS GRANHEIM BREWSOLUTIONS N/W Texas ................... 19 Northern Arizona ........ 20 Southern Arizona ........ 20 Central Arizona ........... 21 Southern California .....22 San Diego ....................23 By Damion Terrell Craft Bearewing in Albearquerque. Boxing Bear Owners [L-R] David Kim, Justin PHOTO BY DAMION TERRELL/BELOW-BY BOXING BEAR Hamilton and Kevin Davis. ne of Albuquerque, New Mexico's newest breweries opened July 27, 2014. It is located in what was Elliott’s, and originally Options restaurant, which was a sister restaurant to High Finance located atop Sandia Peak. As you enter Boxing Bear Brewing Company, you walk into the pet-friendly patio filled with trees and nook seating; indoors gives way to multi-level seating with rich wood paneling and bar. The Boxing Bear team has worked to put something together that is very beer centric, from the patio that is pure beer garden to the pub-minded interior. By Bev Blackwood II T Impawsible Dream? Owners and avid homebrewers, David Kim and Kevin Davis, dreamt of opening their own brewery one day. Kim originally taught Davis, and Davis and his wife Susan realized t they could turn their h hobby into a business. D Davis first opened S Southwest Grape and G Grain homebrew supply sh shop in May of 2010 he ringing in of a new year always brings with it a sense of perspective. Looking back, there are the roads not taken, the successes and failures that (with 20/20 hindsight) can make you shake your head in wonder or sometimes, regret. However there’s always the bright horizon of a year yet unexplored, its possibilities limited only by imagination. The year 2014 has been one of substantial growth in the craft brewing industry and 2015 promises to be even more robust. If you ask the brewers about their New Year’s See Boxing Bear p . 3 See Resolutions p. 5 Michael Peticolas of Peticolas Brewing in Dallas. PHOTO COURTESY OF PETICOLAS BREWING From the Editor .................................. 2 Event Calendar ....................................4 Homebrew Beer Stylist .........................6 Directories & Maps .........................12-15 Oklahoma ......................7 New Mexico ...................8 Nevada ........................ 10 Arkansas ......................11 S/C/E Texas ................. 16 Austin ......................... 18
Bev Blackwood II
The ringing in of a new year always brings with it a sense of perspective. Looking back, there are the roads not taken, the successes and failures that (with 20/20 hindsight) can make you shake your head in wonder or sometimes, regret. However there’s always the bright horizon of a year yet unexplored, its possibilities limited only by imagination. The year 2014 has been one of substantial growth in the craft brewing industry and 2015 promises to be even more robust. If you ask the brewers about their New Year’s Brewsolutions it’s an interesting mix of the practical and the fanciful, but always with an eye to more craft beer for all.
A no-nonsense kind of brewer, Michael Peticolas at Peticolas Brewing in Dallas, Texas, confidently predicts that all his Brewsolutions will come to fruition, including growing Peticolas’ capacity by 33%, introducing the brewery’s first “series” beer, collaborating with a brewery outside Texas on a new beer and having a vertical tasting for all four years of production on two of their beers.
Jennifer Royo at No Label Brewery in Katy, Texas, opts for more of a personal touch, stating, “No Label’s Brewsolution would be to kiss more babies and shake more hands. Get out there more. You know?” Good advice for anyone, but should you get it mixed up, remember than you can always kiss hands, but never shake a baby.
Any year now the machines are expected to take over, but the good folks at Santa Fe Brewing Co. Want to reassure you that 2015 will not BE the year, at least in their brewery. SFBC’s “Social Alchemist” Max Otwell soothingly states, “We're an ever-growing company but even throughout our growth we remain a robot-free company. Our employees still produce, process and package all of our products. So there's no need to worry about a drunken robot apocalypse stemming from SFBC. We are a human-operated brewery. So, please, stop worrying about the robots.” Having reassured us all, Otwell also notes that Santa Fe is embarking on a four-year expansion project that will take their beers nationwide and grow the brewery’s capacity from 20,000 barrels per year to 200,000. Talk about a revolution!
Improve the Laws
Back in Texas, 2015 brings the uncertainty of a legislative session in Austin. That has more than a few brewers hoping for further changes in state laws to expand the opportunities of craft brewers to sell their beer. Adelbert Brewing’s (Austin) Sarah Zomper Haney wants the right to sell directly to the consumer to become law, (but doesn’t hold out much hope for it) as does Cobra Brewing’s (Lewisville) Neil MacCuish, who notes that often local laws can prevent a brewery from changing its business model to take advantage of new state laws. Clayton Rhamberg at Middleton Brewing outside San Marcos wants to be able to sell any commercial beer they choose at the brewery in addition to selling their own beer to local draft accounts. Clayton also expects 2015 to be a year of enlightenment at Middleton, noting, “We plan on not only being a place to grab a quality beer but a place that provides patrons with some educational value to take home and share with friends.” Add a growler of Middleton’s fine Belgian-inspired ale and that sounds like some fun homework.
Grow the Dream
It’s a little harder to tell exactly what Texas Big Beer’s Founder John McKissack has in mind for 2015 as he writes, “We have heard that more and more craft beer loving people like it in the can, although we have never put it in the can, we hope to do whatever it takes to get the equipment to put it in the can.” Assuming he’s talking about beer (and even if he isn’t) 2015 sounds like a fun year in the little town of Buna, Texas.
Strange Land Brewing, a new arrival on the Austin, Texas brewing scene, apparently has a darker view of the future as Owner/ Brewer Tim Klatt cryptically remarks, “Less pale ales in 2015!”
Less mysterious is Real Ale’s (Blanco) planned expansion of their award-winning Mysterium Verum series into bottles. Erik Ogershok observes, “The biggest challenge has been, and will be for the foreseeable future, acquiring enough barrels and foudres to allow us to expand the program as much as we would like.”
David Slocum at Sun Brewing in El Paso, arguably one of the smallest and certainly the most western breweries in Texas, keeps it simple, “My New Year's Brewsolution is to keep innovating new beers and at the same time keep improving in quality. I think the quality is improving with each batch because of the passion involved. It feels good to work with my hands and create things.” He also hopes to organize a Borderland Craft Beer Festival on the Rio Grande where people could swim or raft and walk the Rio with craft beer.
Near a different river, the Guadalupe Brewing Company in New Braunfels, has some mindaltering additions planned for 2015, with Purple Pilz, Talking Cat Blonde Ale, Bad Trip Stout on the way in 2015, along with Owner Keith Kilker’s favorite, Halluci-Nation American Pale Ale.
Matt Moriss, one of the founders at Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin, put their Brewsolution into poem form:
As 2014 was our inaugural year, Our brews-alution is to brew more beer.It is not to simply double our libations, Our offering will feature more unique creations.
More capacity, more Fvs, and more Brite, Will help us create more barley delight. In 2014, stainless has been quite keen, But in 2015 it's time to see aluminum’s gleam.
At Rabbit Hole Brewing, we always contend, Beer tells a story with an unknown end. Create more Mavens of the Curious, let’s expand the crowd These all will make the Jabberwocky proud!
Rabbit Hole’s sales guru Tait Lifto also chimes in that they have also vowed to drink more. [I think Matt’s had enough!] The ongoing surge in craft beer across the Southwest means more choices for all beer lovers in every state. Nobody really knows what 2015 will bring, but rest assured with these Brewsolutions, the future will be bright!
Beer Is A Knockout At Boxing Bear
One of Albuquerque, New Mexico's newest breweries opened July 27, 2014. It is located in what was Elliott’s, and originally Options restaurant, which was a sister restaurant to High Finance located atop Sandia Peak. As you enter Boxing Bear Brewing Company, you walk into the pet-friendly patio filled with trees and nook seating; indoors gives way to multilevel seating with rich wood paneling and bar. The Boxing Bear team has worked to put something together that is very beer centric, from the patio that is pure beer garden to the pub-minded interior.
Owners and avid homebrewers, David Kim and Kevin Davis, dreamt of opening their own brewery one day. Kim originally taught Davis, and Davis and his wife Susan realized they could turn their hobby into a business. Davis first opened Southwest Grape and Grain homebrew supply shop in May of 2010 on Albuquerque’s eastside. The homebrew supply business did well, and Davis informed, “The minute we opened [Grape & Grain], people asked when we would open one on the westside of Albuquerque.” Davis and Kim still wanted to open that brewery and started scouting for locations on the westside that could include a brewery and homebrew store.
The two knew their homebrew knowledge wouldn’t cover the professional needs of a real brewing operation. That’s when they brought in Boxing Bear’s third owner, Justin Hamilton. Hamilton has worked in the New Mexico brewing industry for nine years, including Marble Brewery and Blue Corn Brewery, with top position as head brewer for Chama River Brewing Company.
Davis, Kim and Hamilton settled on the location at the corner of Alameda Blvd. And Corrales Road adjacent to the Rio Grande Bosque. The old Options had a grand dining room and bar, plenty of room for a growing brewery and retail space for a second Grape & Grain location. Davis stated, “There’s a lot of synergy between the two businesses. Lots of customers start in one business and end up in the other.”
At the westside location, Grape and Grain’s second shop offers a large range of supplies for everything from homebrewing and winemaking to cheese making and more, just like the original. If you like to make it at home, odds are you will find it at Grape and Grain. One of the really neat things is the bulk bin dispenser display of specialty grains available. Organized by type from varying lovibond levels of Crystal malts to Special B malt and other adjuncts, it’s a sight to behold. Even more impressive are the large coolers of fresh yeast and hop storage. Grape and Grain will be hosting four levels of seminars every month at the new westside location. The seminars will include beginner, intermediate, advanced, and the newest kegging seminar, "The Art of Dispensing.
The Bear Essentials
Boxing Bear is starting off small with a 10-bbl brew system: four 10-bbl fermentation tanks and five 10-bbl serving tanks, which means Hamilton can have four beers fermenting and five on tap. Hamilton added that most breweries’ real limitation is in their serving capacity and Boxing Bear demand has already exceeded their production. New fermenters and serving tanks have already been ordered and installation is underway. Boxing Bear brews are currently only Hamilton's brews, with a pale ale, stout, IPA, double IPA, and an effervescent hefeweizen, with new options including a winter festivus brew and more to come in the spring. A cask version is offered every other week. Hamilton informed, “Whatever is in the fermenter, I will rack off to the firkin, just to showcase the style.”
As demand increases, Boxing Bear’s plan is to continue adding additional fermenters and serving tanks to meet demand. This is good news for Davis and Kim’s eventual dream of getting some of their own brews on tap. But they still are still waiting until Boxing Bear operations keep up with demand on a Consistent basis before Hamilton leads them in making more seasonal and experimental brews.
SWBN asked the trio: What are your favorite beer styles? Besides the pale on tap, Hamilton enjoys a good German lager or Czech pils. Kim goes for IPAs, stouts and big Belgian beers. “It’s hard to pick just one,” Kim concluded. Davis admires a good stout, but explains his favorite as “märzen, an excellent German lager when made right. I can’t wait until we can lager a real oktoberfest.” A hint at future plans. The Oktobearfest on tap at press time was an ale brewed to mimic a lager, but the trio can’t wait to get true lagers into production.
Albearquerque Loves Beer
When discussing the number of new breweries opening, Hamilton remarked, “It is a good thing. Every year people think we’ve reached saturation, but we aren’t there yet.We’re not cutting out of other local breweries, but more out of the three big macro breweries. People want a local product.” Davis added, “There are so many different styles to make, from Irish red, stouts, saisons, to lagers. There are too many varieties to be limited [to just a few breweries]. If you are going to be a new brewery, you’ve got to be good. Albuquerque is a beer town.” Hamilton continued, “Brewing is good business for New Mexico and New Mexico is starting to get recognized and bring back more awards.” Davis followed, “Brewers in this state know each other; it’s a big family.” And Hamilton finished, “It’s a tight knit community. Everyone is pushing and encouraging each other to make better beer. We like spreading good beer throughout the city.”
When queried about the origin of the Boxing Bear name, it was discovered that Hamilton had two dogs - a boxer named Danka, and the other dog Sal, looked like a bear. After throwing around a few different names, Boxing Bear it was. Maybe that’s one reason it’s such a pet-friendly place. The patio provides watering bowls and has seen everything from the Bosque’s wild birds including hawks, to dogs, and even a few pot belly pigs.
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