June Lake Brewing
KickStart My Heart~
First off a big thanks goes out to all the heads that made it to our second officially unofficial tasting party Saturday Memorial Day weekend at Gull Lake Park! We poured through all the beer we had plus a super secret keg from MoJo the BrewFather. Super fun had by all and we finally released some of our fresh JLB gear into the wild.
For those who missed it, fear not cuz we're getting ready to launch our KickStarter fundraising campaign later this month and you'll get your chance to get your hands on yet-to-be released JLB gear and goodies. What is KickStarter you ask... well KickStarter is a crowd sourced, interweb based approach to fundraising for projects and fledgling businesses. Basically we are putting together a short video outlining what we're doing and why we need money, or in our case our Director of Visual Awesomeness is (thanks Bobby), and then we have different levels of donation available with awesome stuff as compensation for the contributor. So for instance we'll have custom JLB branded double insulated stainless steel growlers (pic below) with a free fill available for a certain level of donation (exact price TBD by the Director of AntiFun aka our accountant). We will set a certain level of overall donations that we're seeking on the dedicated JLB KickStarter webpage and if we achieve that level over a specified amount of time we'll receive the money and the donors will receive the promised items and/or services. Not to mention they'll be a part of history by bringing the first brewery to June Lake. Point being we need your help to make a brewery in June Lake a reality, and what better way to do it than get everyone involved contributing what they can and spreading the word to the masses.
Okay KickStarter, check... now on to location. So we've been making progress with Mono County and we're just about there, but it hasn't been finalized just yet so you'll have to wait a little bit longer to find out what cool locale we've got lined up. However, we're always moving forward on the beer front and with MoJo the BrewFather in town we couldn't resist enlisting his extensive brewsperience to concoct a Black Imperial IPA of epic proportions (pic below). This midnight express of a beer should be ready mid July, so stay tuned for the release because it'll be fierce!
As we get closer to the end of the month we'll let you know what you can do to help make our KickStarter campaign a success and bring a brewery to June Lake, but until then hit us up if you're in the area and want to hook up for a taste of some fresh JLB goodness.
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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.
Drink it in, it always goes down smooth.... So for our second batch we delved into the classic Strong Scotch Ale style. The original samples of this brew that we brought up last year went over so well we decided to roll it out for our second batch. The brew went way smoother than b001 and with the addition of our properly plumbed immersion chiller we brought our post-boil cooling down from 16hrs to 1.5hrs. Yeast was pitched and corny kegs where utilized as the primaries. Currently the beer is fermenting nicely and should be ready for consumptions some time around Easter, so get your bunny suits ready!
Cheers 2 Beers!
Oh Yeah... with the homebrew system setup we're underway! For our first sample brew we decided to jump right in with a 1bbl batch of SmoKin Porter. Though we were a little short on specific gravity, the taste is right on and it should come in around 5% for a good full-flavor session beer. Plus we've got the altitude on our side B-)
The brew went well when all was said and done despite the trials and tribulations of brewing on a new cobbled together 1bbl system, and our introduction to brewing at altitude. The biggest issue was we didn't have all the components to plumb our cold liquor tank/immersion chiller for cooling, so we had to let the ambient air temperature do it's work... 16hrs post-boil we'd reached 70 degrees F and we pitched an 11th generation yeast harvested from one of Cismontane Brewing's barley wines. Suffice it to say it all turned out well in the end and the SmoKin Porter is fermenting and on track for a mid-March release.
Well we're here... Having setup residence in June Lake, we're diligently working at brewing test batches and locking down a location for our production facility/tasting room. We've got two batches currently fermenting and should have tasters for our TestPilot Crew in a week or two. Stay tuned for info on our b001 SmoKin Porter release get together as it will be pretty frickin sweet! If you're interested in joining our TestPilot Crew, click on the "Reach Out" tab above and submit your info to our dedicated panel of investigative pigmy chimps for proper vetting and background checking. Aside from that enjoy a good beer and get outside.
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