Well I’m back from winter break and have another batch of links. Hope everyone had a good holiday season and are ready for some more interesting beer news:
I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of their beer (especially since I’m not 21 yet), but New Belgium is definitely a cool company:
Another brewery is opening its doors soon in Hickory joining what is becoming a very rich brewing culture in North Carolina.
If sleeping in beer barrels is your thing you should definitely check out this hotel in Germany.
An article about how Grand Rapids became Beer City, USA in 2012. With Steel String opening soon, you’ve gotta think Carrboro is a lock in 2013.
And lastly, here’s a pretty funny ad campaign from Breckenridge Brewery. I couldn’t choose just one, so I threw in a couple of them:
Things have been going swimmingly at Steel String as we continue the construction of our brand spanking new brewery and taproom. Crews have been hard at work making sweet sweet progress, check out some photos!
Our office, grain storage and ladies room.
With these rooms framed out, the next step was to frame out the mill room and part of the brewery.
On the right is the mill room and part of the brewery.
Time to get started building our custom bar for the taproom.
The frame of our bar, shaped like a guitar body.
Julio cutting wood for the bar frame.
The frame is complete, we officially have a bar. Yay!
Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting Steel String construction process!
Steel String Brewery has concluded our first round of hires. The amazing quality of people who applied to be a part of Carrboro’s Brewery was awe inspiring and humbling. Steel String has what we think is an awesome application process. All of our applicants had to submit video resumes and were given little instruction as to what to add. Here is what they came up with.
(Video Password = GoSteelers)
These are the mighty 7. We cannot wait to get the taproom open and introduce you to everyone!!!!
Viva Steel String!!!
This may be a touchy subject, so if you are likely to offend, please don’t read. However, over the past week some of the uglier aspects of the craft beer community have shown up. Just to catch you up if you didn’t know Westy XII, a beer that has never been sold outside of Belgium was released in the States in a very limited number. Some of the beer was sold to super geeked out and hyped up beer people. Some was bought and then sold on Ebay, some was not distributed to people that felt they really deserved it. I personally didn’t get any, and I’m not sure I know anyone who did. Considering we are opening a brewery, I’d say that makes it pretty damn limited.
So what’s the problem? Well, some of those people who felt they should have been able to sell the beer in their stores raised a stink about it. Some people who didn’t get any were upset that any of it was sold on Ebay.Stan Hieronymous made a very good post that I suspect (though addressed to beer culture in general) was influence by these recent events. If you haven’t make sure to read it here. However, I’d like to amend that idea a little bit, because I think it is again slipping into trying to dictate what something should mean to other people. This is where things might get dodgy, but I’ll do my best to explain. Some people live for the two-once culture (what Hieronymous calls the sip, rate, forget idea that tasting as many beers as possible is what beer is all about). Our brewery is not skewed towards that culture. We are making low-to-medium alcohol ales, focusing on the pub atmosphere. Basically, Hieronymous’ post really spoke to me and I think aligns really well with other things we’ve written on this blog. However, there are people out there who, for good reason, live and die for that two-ounce culture. Again, I don’t but, if I had children, if something was absorbing my time extremely, the two-ounce culture might be the only way for me to get into the beer culture. Even if something wasn’t pulling me, there are people who collect comic books, action figures, etc. Collection may be something that someone really enjoys.
I think it’s really a problem of ego. Of people thinking that their experience should be the experience of others. If you own a small bottle shop, you assume that everyone recognizes and understands the value of that. But, maybe Total Wine gives value to it’s distributor by purchasing more, and the distributor wants to return that favor. Instead of blaming the distributor, the bottle shop owner should probably think of a way they could offer more value to them. Or, just accept that really rare finds may not make it into the store and don’t expect it. In the same way, the two ounce culture has a lot of proponents. Even an entire website, untappd.com has sprung up to document all the sips beer fans take. Perhaps the people selling Westy XII on ebay really need the money. The idea that I would even try to imagine why these people were selling it on ebay is absurd. And those people that are buying it clearly see the value in having it. Perhaps in just tasting it with friends. Everyone experiences beer in a different way, much in the way everyone experiences art. (If you notice the quote Hieronymous uses originally spoke of art.) For instance, I will never bee convinced that a urinal with a signature is art, and several people have tried very intelligently to convince me; I don’t believe it. In the same way, I doubt I’ll ever be convinced that sour beers are as good as traditional ales. Sorry, and I don’t want to have an argument about it. I just personally don’t like the Dada movement and I don’t like sour ales (outside of rodenbach or a few berliners like oarsman). My ego causes me to define what art is and what beer is, and even that is not especially healthy. I will always be working on that. But, at the very least, I try not to project those definitions and assumptions onto others. Many people love sour ales. Many people think the Dada movement was brilliant. The beautiful thing about beer is that there are so many ways to experience it. From just starting to try some Sam Adams to waiting in line all day for a bottle of Westy XII and everywhere in between. Beer gives us a way to socialize and share our experiences with others. Whatever that experience may be.
So after 3 straight weeks of working nonstop on group projects and studying for exams, I was finally able to resurface for air and post these new links:
Further proof that I may as well have been living under a rock during exams…Apparently a bottle shop called the Beer Study opened sometime recently?
If anyone needed a reason to celebrate this holiday season, Oskar Blues brewery is now open in Brevard!
So I came across a blog featuring the greatest beer in the world, which apparently is now available for purchase in the US. At $84.99 per six-pack, it better be that good.
Brewery Ommegang announces that it will produce a series of “Game of Thrones” themed beers in time for the start of season 3. I’ve only seen the first season, but I can only imagine that drinking a beer named after that little blonde king would leave you with a terrible taste in your mouth.
I hope the day that Steel String begins distributing bottles that we can operate with this level of efficiency: