Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Go Big AND Go Home

Here is a reminder about Wednesday's cask at The Fred Bar. SweetWater made just one cask of The Gimp for us, and we will get into it around 6:00 pm. I say "around 6:00 pm" because we have to wait for a notable special guest. Once the special guest arrives, we will tap the cask. Important brewery people will be on hand as well.

Secondly, there will be another cask at The Fred on Friday. This will be the second and last cask that I made at Heavy Seas in December. It is a Siren Noire (chocolate Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels) to which I added maple sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. That will get tapped right at 5:00 pm, but it is on the beer engine, so there is so great sense of urgency to drink it all right away, except that it is going to be delicious.
Barrel # 2 and dipper.

The trip to Mexico was great, although a little short. We were only there for two days, and I could have stayed a few more. The hacienda at Herradura was beautiful, the distillery was the right mix of old-fashioned technique and modern equipment, and the food and drinks were outstanding. We sampled tequila from three barrels, and were supposed to select one to have bottled specially for Taco Mac. We had the toughest time choosing between cask number two (very citrusy and spicy) and cask number three (more mellow and oaky). So we bought both. I mean, go big or go home, right? Or in this case, go big first, then go home. Look for these special bottles of Herradura in late April to early May. We are planning events around their arrival, complete with slide shows and the whole nine.

That is all I have for you right now. Hopefully I can get a slideshow from my trip to England and Scotland put together soon. But before I go I need to tell you about one more event I just remembered. On Monday, March 4th (this coming Monday) you can be the first kid on the block to try Six Point beers from Brooklyn, NY at the Metropolis store. The brewery guys will be in town, and they will be at Taco Mac from around 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm or so. There will be six different beers available, so cancel your scrap booking class, your Zumba class, or whatever the hell you usually do on Mondays and go drink beer instead. That's really what you want to do anyway. Just give in. See you there.
The barrel selection room, made from barrels.


From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.