June Lake Brewing
LET THERE BE BEER!!!
That's right we're brewing it up! After receiving blessings from the building permit deities we fired up our 15bbl system and jumped right into some JLB SmoKin Porter Love. That's right our first homebrew testbatch on our pilot system was also our first production batch on the JLB production system, and it's fermenting along nicely!
So it's been busy and haven't been sleeping much, so here's the highlights -
Thanks, and Cheers!
June Lake Brewing
Waiting for Snow ~
Huzzah, our test batch of Not So Hoppy Holiday Ale has been very well received by all those who've partaken! If you haven't tried it, venture over to June and give us a holler, but you better hurry cuz there isn't much left. Getting ready to brew our second test batch of JLB Alpers Pale Ale we're toning down some of the Caramunich malts to give the brew a lighter hue, but it will still pack that same malty body balanced with a mild hoppy bite courtesy of Cascade and Mt. Hood hop additions.
Waiting for our remodel permit, we're ready to get ripping on our location buildout. First order of business after we get legit is cut our trench drains and bust out some concrete (get ready to drop some more hammers boys). On the funding front we're working on putting together a private equity offering to raise the final cash we need to finish the remodel, acquire our super bitchen brew machine, and get to making beer. So if you're interested in owning a piece of the most awesome brewery ever in the coolest location in the world, stay tuned...
Lastly June Mountain is open to the top, but we're still waiting for the weather to wake up. As it turns out Ullr (Old Norse patron saint of skiers and snow) had been seen hanging out on the beachs in SD catching some rays. So we went to find him... After much searching we came across some killer sunsets and beyond awesome beer, but no Ullr. Rumor had it we'd just missed him and he was already off to go party with his buddy Santa up at the North Pole before ramping up our much needed winter. So fear not, snow is on it's way! Until then enjoy some fine holiday spirits.
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.
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