Funny how time flies. This time last year (one of my favorite phrases as you know) I was contemplating my 40 plus-ish years as I began the Great Shift away from real estate to beer. I had Wenchling Numero Uno ready to start his last semester of high school. There were manuscripts out, rejections piling up, a fair bit of Real Estate work taking up Wench's time but the laundry wasn't taking on disaster-area proportions just yet and the canine wenchlings didn't gaze longingly out the window quite as often as if to say "Gee, we don't really remember WHAT that sidewalk feels like under our paws," before turning their big brown eyes in unison upon herself, sitting at the computer, yammering into the phone or otherwise occupied and ignoring them.
There was no lease, no landlord, no outstanding contractor's bills, no sign drama to navigate, nary a monstrous Comcast (hate those Fuckers, remember?) bill every month nor were there inventory, brew or Tap Room beer pouring scheduling to fit in around everything else. This time last year I had no idea that I'd spend hours trying to figure out how to keep my concrete floor from staining like the sidewalk from excess snow-melt or that I'd essentially forget to shop for Christmas but would know exactly the status of the one bag of malt we lack in order to brew the Wolverine Dark Lager.
I'm getting that "on the cusp of something big" feeling (although "my ass" is also, thanks to lack of time for sweaty yoga), thanks to lots of hard work on the part of Wench, Brewer and The Man, not to mention the Captain and The Brain and all the helpers in between. The buzz is humming along, the beers are excellent and Brewer and I try not to initiate too much mutual panic over what's running out, what's racked and carbed and what still needs to be brewed to meet the demand we have created.
We do know for certain that District 16 Vienna Amber Lager will be released on 12/31/10 at 11:30 pm in the Tap Room. "Just what IS the 16th District of Vienna" you ask, intrepid follower? Brewer states it thus: It's the "Ottakring," home to Ottakringer Brauerei, the last large remaining brewery in Vienna whose most famous brew is the Ottakringer Helles, a beer with an alcohol content of 5.2% and a wort of 11.8° Plato. The forward thinking Austrians put this beer in cans.
Random and fascinating Viennese trivia point:
The word for "Plate" is "Blech".
The Viennese have a special expression for the canned beer, 16er-Blech (16-plate), mainly for the Ottakringer Helles. The expression, 16er-Hüs'n, is also used for both the bottled and the canned beer. These are references to the origin of the beer in the 16th district of Vienna. In the beginning of 2007, the brewery took advantage of this and marketed a new kind of canned beer under the name of 16er Blech.
Yeah, that is sweet... whoever sends me one of THESE gets the 2nd grand prize after the one who sends me that Bitch's Brew...
The Wolverine State Brewing Co's "District 16 Vienna Lager" will be a strict adherence to the style guide which states:
Aroma: Moderately rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). A light toasted malt aroma may be present. Similar, though less intense than Oktoberfest. Clean lager character, with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Noble hop aroma may be low to none. Caramel aroma is inappropriate.
Appearance: Light reddish amber to copper color. Bright clarity. Large, off-white, persistent head.
Flavor: Soft, elegant malt complexity is in the forefront, with a firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. Some toasted character from the use of Vienna malt. No roasted or caramel flavor. Fairly dry finish, with both malt and hop bitterness present in the aftertaste. Noble hop flavor may be low to none.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body, with a gentle creaminess. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Moderately crisp finish. May have a bit of alcohol warming.
Overall Impression: Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet.
Wench's Brewer is not, per se a "strict adherence to the style guide" sorta craft brewer but he's set himself a challenge with this one and so far....so GREAT! Rex and Mary Halfpenny of the Michigan Beer Guide really like their first taste from the fermeneter yesterday....
The 1/2-Pennys (Pennies?) and Brewer. Watch for your copy of The Michigan Beer Guide in January for a full review of our beers from this well-respected beer expert!
New Year's Eve people---make your plans to join us for a
New Brewery--New Year--New Beer--New Release Party!
New Brewery--New Year--New Beer--New Release Party!
We'll have snacks and stuff and our other delicious beers (excluding the Gulo Gulo NorthWest Lager more on that later) until 11:30 when we Tap That Keg, er, storage tank and share our newest creation with YOU!
Enough work! Damn, it's my birthday! Time to ignore the messes around me and have a facial, a massage and a pedicure (since I'm obviously NOT getting the Bitch's Brew OR the "face time" with it's brewer dude, my beloved in beer....)
OMG am I that old kisses
A few shots from Trivia Night in the Tap Room!
Jeff! Trivia Dude!