Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
|The Heritage Avenue Brewery|
|The Towle Farm Brewery|
We will begin brewery tours and retail in our Smerchendise boutique at 10am on Saturday, May 31. If anything comes up between now and then, we'll be reporting it through our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The summer schedule for brewery tours at Towle Farm is:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Smuttynose is very proud to be a supporting partner of SAVORSM: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience.
Seriously, between the excellent beers from around the country, a gorgeous setting in the National Building Museum, the expertly curated pairing menu created by Chef Adam Duyle (of Monk's Kettle and Abbot's Cellar in San Francisco) and national media attention, this is event is one of the top craft beer events of the year.
A central part of 2014's SAVOR for us, is the DC Debut of Bouncy House IPA (4.3%), our newest year-round beer.
We'll be pouring Bouncy House IPA and Satchmo (a new Smuttlabs release brewed with black trumpet mushrooms andaged in red wine barrels) during all three sessions of SAVOR. Satchmo will be paired with Cocoa-Braised Beef on a Potato Crisp while attendees will enjoy Bouncy House with Guinea Hen Confit served on a Wonton. Delicious, right?
We've got several events on the week leading up to SAVOR that will feature Bouncy House, some of our other year round and seasonal beers and a few rarities. Check out the details below, tell your friends and come have a beer with the Smuttynose crew. If it's Bouncy House you're drinking, you'll be have to have a few!
You can read more about Bouncy House in our blog post and Lew Bryson's Session Beer Day interview with our Director of Brewing Operations, David Yarrington.
Thursday, May 8, 8-??
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Laverne and Shirley have (metaphorically) reported for their first day of work at the new brewery, which means that we've just, for the first time, put beer in bottles at Towle Farm! It's no surprise that we began with Finestkind IPA, but we've got some Bouncy House that's nearly ready to bottle too. More word on Bouncy House release events soon.
There are still plenty of things to tweak and dial in before we're ready to ship beer to you good folks, but here's Peter with a taste of what you'll see when you get Hampton-brewed beer.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Today, April 7, is Session Beer Day, a day to celebrate the growing ranks of beers that are full-flavored but low in alcohol. This celebratory day is part of Lew Bryson's Session Beer Project, which can really fill you in all things low-in-alcohol. Session Beer Day also provides us the perfect opportunity to show-and-tell our upcoming year-round release, Bouncy House IPA!
At Smuttynose, we see Bouncy House IPA as an important addition to our year-round releases, like Finestkind IPA and Old Brown Dog. It's an IPA with a simple yet perfectly-honed malt bill and a beguiling combination of Magnum, Calypso and Saphir hops. Sure, this new beer is dry-hopped to the point that you'll have a beer foam nose (instead of a milk moustache) from sniffing its beguiling aromas, but the best part is that it's just 4.3%. That's right; you can enjoy all the delicious hopping of an IPA, without a high alcohol content clouding up your world view.
We've previously brewed two pilot batches of Bouncy House, with a third about to hit the market in the next week or two. David Yarrington and our production team are so confident they've got the recipe perfected that we expect to brew the first full batches at the new brewery this week. Our sales team are finalizing roll-out events for the month of May (including SAVOR, the premier beer and food pairing event in Washington DC), but we expect to have it in all our markets by Memorial Day, just in time for your celebrations.
We're very excited about the Bouncy House beer, but it wouldn't be a new Smuttynose beer without fun, distinctive packaging. Below are pre-print images of the six pack, twelve pack, bottle labels (yup there are more than one) and tap marker. We shot the photos inside a real bouncy house!
Please enjoy the images below and stay tuned for updates on the roll-outs. In the meantime, get ready to get your bounce on!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Just a quick update on our release schedule for the year. Despite the date of this posting, this is all very true, very real information. You can tell because it's not really funny to begin with. There have been a few schedule changes that are the result of a few delays in the commissioning of our new brewing equipment at the new Towle Farm brewery.
We'll have a blog post with a Towle Farm update later this week. In the meantime, here is the new calendar.
A few Big Beers got rearranged.
-Frankenlager was pushed back about two weeks as it took us a bit longer to get the new brewhouse up and running, which is important because this lager was decoction-mashed. The decoction process takes more time, but is well worth it for Frankenlager for two reasons. 1) It adds a better range of flavors and 2) after years of very manual, somewhat imprecise decoction mashing at Heritage Avenue, our new brewhouse enables us to hit all the volumes and temperatures any beer requires. Very cool.
-We swapped Tripel and Farmhouse Ale in the release order. With all the extra time requirements
on our staff (planning for the new brewery's public opening, launching Bouncy House IPA in May, getting production up and running at the new brewery), this made a lot of sense for a lot different reasons, not the least of which is that we've brewed Farmhouse Ale before so, we know how it will be brewed and we have labels for it.
-Rhye IPA was removed from the Big Beer Series because of all the other changes in the release schedule. While we don't have plans to announce at this moment, it will be back in the future.
Last but not least, we've got some fun Smuttlabs surprises in the works and we're about to begin bottling the first beers on the new bottling line. so stay tuned to this blog and our social media for updates!