June Lake Brewing
Party Time ~
Maybe you've heard the rumors, but we'd like to finally confirm the location/date/time of our second release party! Block off the afternoon of Saturday May 25th, because we're taking over Gull Lake Park! That's right this Saturday starting around 4pm we'll be pouring beer and grilling it up down by the shore of Gull Lake. We plan to have three beers on tap (Alpers Pale Ale, Hootay Double IPA and StickBoy Stout) and will be pouring free samples for all of our TestPilot Crew over 21 years of age. As usual be sure to bring your own cup as we will not be providing any. Also feel free to bring any food or grillable items as we plan to have the grill going to keep the hunger dragon at bay.
On the beer horizon we brewed our Pedal Driven Pale Ale last week in homage to our favorite summer time activity in the Eastern Sierras. Also later this week we'll be brewing a mystery beer with all of the leftover ingredients we've accumulated over the past four months, so keep a look out for something interesting.
Finally on the location front we've found a suitable space and we're in discussions with Mono County and the landlord. Hopefully we'll have more info on this for the next newsletter. Until then drink beer, stay awesome and get outside!
June Lake Brewing
Spring is Awesome ~
With Tioga Pass open to the Yosemite gate we had to drop everything and get some final splitboarding missions in. It's pretty killer to spend a day with friends cruzing around exploring the epic terrain to be had. If you didn't know, it's beautiful outside... Step away from (or put down) the digital zombie machine and breath it in, because it always goes down smooth! Pictures are worth a thousand words, so reference below for the unabridged grandeur.
Now for Beer... If you're around June Lake Wednesday May 15th at 6pm, be sure to stop by the Heidelberg Inn for the June Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Mixer. JLB will be there for our TestPilot Crew to sample the final pints of our Sierra Scotch Ale. We've been dispersing this fine fermented treat where able, and now we're down to our last ~2.5 gallons. That's only 20 pints, so be there by 6pm to get yours (limit one per TestPilot)!
As you all know (or should) we've got three crazy concoctions on the verge of release into the wild. First up our fisherman's best friend Alpers Pale Ale brings a flavorful pale with a lot of spunk to the table for those long days out on the lake. Progressing down the line, the palate wrecking furry of our Hootay Double IPA at 130+ IBUs will please even the hoppiest hopheads out there. Finally rounding out the trio, our marsh mellow chocolate vanilla mutation that is StickBoy Stout will provide a nice dessert for all those sweet tooths out there. In all we've got some interesting beer coming....
Keep the last weekend of May open because we've got some power moves on the horizon and would hate for you to miss the release of these JLB creations.
JLB TestPilot Doug Nidever's tracks
June Lake Brewing
Great Day, More Beer on the Way ~
So b002 Sierra Scotch Ale emerged from carbonation as a success and we bottled what we could. If you want to try some hit us up with a reply email and we'll arrange a tasting with you. Tragically we don't have enough for another release party. At this point it's looking like our next release party will be mid to late May when we unveil our Hootay Double IPA and Alpers Pale Ale. So stay tuned for details as that's going to be pretty frickin sweet!
Back to the beer... we dry hopped the Hootay Double IPA this past weekend and it's tasting splendid. Contrary to prior indications it is going to be more in the 9% region, as opposed to 11%... still figuring out that altitude thing. The Alpers Pale Ale is coming in a little stronger and darker than initially planned, but what else would you expect from a beer named after the renowned Sierra Monster Trout?
This past weekend we also brewed our most experimental beer yet: StickBoy Stout (see pics below). This is Sarah's recipe that we worked on to make a s'mores tasting American style stout. The ingredients included six pounds of Ghirardelli chocolate, six pounds of marshmellows and four vanilla beans. The name StickBoy Stout is in homage to our friend who's the ultimate backcountry explorer and known to disappear into the wilderness solo for weeks on end only to emerge with crazy stories about trippy squirrels and epic descents. Basically he epitomizes camping in the backcountry so what better way to tie the local culture into our mutant creation.
Lastly on the location front we're still searching, though we've got it narrowed down to a few locations here in June Lake Village. Hopefully we'll have some good news in the next update.
June Lake Brewing
Time For More Beer ~
All we can say is thanks so much to all those that made it out to the first annual St. Kramer's Day celebration, and the release of the b001 SmoKin Porter. It was so much of a success we ran out of beer! Also a big thanks to the Mammoth Brewing Crew for representing in force and bringing supplemental libations.
With the launch out of the way we've continued our brew quest and brewed b003 Hootay Double IPA last weekend. This is going to be a big beer kids, with a post-boil specific gravity of 1.094 (aka it's got a butt load of fermentable sugar for the happy yeasties), we're looking to get almost 11% ABV out of this one! The brew went well and thanks goes out to Travis for lending a helping hand (pics below).
On the location front we're still searching, but have begun discussions regarding a few prime spots. Again if you, or someone you know, has a 1,000sqft commercially zoned building/space in June Lake don't be bashful. Aside from that we've busted out the bikes due to lack of snow and we're loving every minute of it.
Stay Tuned for the b002 Sierra Scotch release date, fermentation is taking a little longer than expected (no rushing the beer now...), but rumor has it we'll be holding another rogue release party and will need everyone there that can make to be extras in our KickStarter promotional video we're currently crafting with a loving hand (location TBD).
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