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Ale Street News — Section B
August - September 2013
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and cans. In the meantime Darwin’s
on 4 th , the restaurant side of the
7-
bbl brewpub, is keeping very busy.
The food is dominated by modern
Peruvian street food flavors, (Chef
Darwin is from the Amazon Basin
in Peru) and Andes-inspired beers.
Darwin likes to pair the brewpub’s
beers with desserts in the restau-
rants, and works closely with the
brewer to develop complementary
flavors. Darwins offers five year-
round beers including Summerdaze
IPA that won a gold medal at the
Best Florida Beer championships,
and specialty brews like Charapa
Morada, made with Peruvian Purple
Corn, coriander, cinnamon, pine-
apple, and cloves, Charapa Aihicha,
a spiced porter of sorts, brewed
with Ajicharapita peppers from the
Amazon, cacao, and orange blossom
honey from Sarasota.
New to the Sarasota market is
Jeremy Joerger’s
JDub’s Brewing
Co
.
Mike McCarthy will run
the brewery operations for the
new company. Jeremy spent time
working for the army and that caused
him to do a lot of traveling around
both the US and abroad. While in
Olympia, WA he discovered craft
beer and breweries such as Big Sky
and Deschutes. He spent time in
Germany and developed an affinity
for German pilsner, before his career
brought him to Washington DC. In
DC there was a growing craft beer
scene that Jeremy’s new found love
of craft beer fit right into and that
led the way to meeting the head
brewer at Capital City Brewing,
Mike McCarthy. A friendship natu-
rally developed and when Jeremy
decided to move back to Florida to
open a brewery in Sarasota he called
on Mike to act as a consultant.
JDub’s Brewing Co.
will have a
15-
bbl system built by Portland
Kettle Works, and their brewery will
act as the show room brewery for the
manufacturer in the southeast. They
will have six 30-bbl fermenters, and
will offer beers on draft at first, with
plans to add a Wild Goose MC250
four head canning line later in the
year. JDub’s will also have a tasting
room that will be supported by a
3-
bbl pilot system where creative
beers can be made exclusively for
the tasting room patrons. Currently
all licenses have been obtained and
Meanwhile, Blue Pants Brewery
released its summertime Slip Rose
Strawberry Saison. They are now
offering food out of their tap room.
Blue Pants has also extended their
distribution to Lower Alabama so
you can now find their beers in Gulf
Shores, Orange Beach, and Mobile.
Yellowhammer Brewing
has
released Hop Revival, a double IPA
brewed with six pounds of hops
per barrel. The brewery also started
demolition and construction of a
beer garden behind the brewery and
has added a tasting room.
In Sarasota, FL,
Darwin
Brewing Co.
has a new brewmaster
on board—Jorge Rosabal joined the
team back in early June, replacing
original brewer Jared Barnes. He
joins the team with an impressive
resume with a Brewmasters and
Production Manager Degree
from Doemens Fachkademie Fur
Brauwesen undGetranketchnologie,
Munich, Germany. His background
fits in perfectly with owner and head
chef Darwin Santa Maria’s plans for
the company’s future. Darwin had
decided that he wanted to distri-
bution out of the brewpub, but
soon learned a zoning issue would
not allow it. He started looking
in Mantee County some 20 miles
north of Sarasota for a location
suited to house a production facility.
Darwin feels that he is seven to 12
months away from that goal, and
is looking to install a 15-bbl system
with intentions to package both draft
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Huntsville, AL has several new
breweries that have opened that
you should check out when in the
northern part of the state. The first
is
Salty Nut Brewery
that opened
back in June. Owners Brent Cole,
Mark Ivie, and Daniel Yant first
released an Imperial Mustache
Red Ale brewed in the style of an
Irish Red but with more hops and
malt to create a bigger example of
the style. You can now find their
HopNaughty IPA, at 7.6% and 70
IBUs, in the local market. Salty Nut
is a nanobrewery brewing in small
batches, and can be found at The
Nook and The Stem & Stein.
Rocket Republic Brewing
has opened as Huntsville’s newest
contract brewery. The name Rocket
Republic comes from the aero-
space industry that drives the local
economy, from the Marshal NASA
Flight Center, the US Army Aviation
and Missile Command Center. The
beers are brewed at local
Blue Pants
Brewery
by owner/partner Eric
Crigger and members of the Blue
Pants team. Rocket Republic has
purchased two 30-bbl fermenters
that will be used to ferment their
beers at Blue Pants. Eric will
actively participate on brew days
brewing Rocket Republic beers with
members of the Blue Pants team.
Rocket Republic will first be
available in local Huntsville bars
and restaurants as draft only, and
then plans are to hopefully use Beer
Dynamics, a company that owns
and operates a mobile bottling
line and labeler, and offer 12-oz
bottles. In the true spirit of collabo-
ration and sharing there are three
local breweries that own and share
a 22-oz bottle filler (Blue Pants,
Yellowhammer, and Straight to
Ale) and Rocket Republic hopes to
gain access to this as well! Crigger
and his partners, John and Lynn
Troy, and his wife Tatum, hope to
bring even more diversity to the ever
growing craft beer scene in northern
Alabama.
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New Breweries in Huntsville, AL; DC Brewers Head South
The Rocket Republic brewing team from left Tatum Crigger, Eric Crigger, Lynn Troy, John Troy and Jake Brezinski.
construction should be complete in
July with brewing commencing in
August with fresh beers in the market
by September-October.
Over in Shreveport, LA Jared
Beville and Robert McGuire have
opened
Red River Brewing Co.
,
a
nanobrewery with a 5-bbl brewhouse
and two 10-bbl fermenters and a
brite tank. The two started home
brewing together in2009 inmodified
crawfish boil pots and five gallon
water coolers and they quickly scaled
up to 10 gallon batches. The two
friends’ dreams of bringing local beer
to northwest Louisiana soon became
three guys with the addition of Beau
Raines. With roots in the local home
brewing community, their mission is
to bring high quality local beer, to
high quality local people!” Red River
Brewing will be providing draft beer
to the local market initially and the
names of the beers are inspired by the
local community. The flagship beers
are Red River Red Ale, Louisiana
Hay Ryed, Blond Bomber, and Pine
Island Crude.
Great Raft Brewing
owners
Andrew and Lindsay Nations will
have their new production brewery
open by late September. They were
first a couple in high school in
Shreveport. After going their separate
ways in life by chance they met again
in Washington, DC. While in DC
Andrew started writing for
DCBeer.
com
and became totally immersed in
the craft beer culture of the area. After
several trips home to visit family they
decided to make the jump into the
craft beer business as they realized
that the great craft beer diversity they
knew and loved in DC did not exist
in their hometown.
They hired Harvey Kenney
from Thunder Road Brewing Co.,
Melbourne, Australia. Kenney has
held brewing roles in California,
Turkey, Mexico, and most recently
in Australia,” says Andrew. The
name Great Raft comes from a
25-
mile long log jam that blocked
the Red River in the early 1800s. The
brewery is a 3-vessel JV Northwest
20-
bbl system with one 20-bbl, two
40-
bbl, and two 60-bbl fermenters.
It was important to Andrew and
Lindsay to purchase American made
equipment. Construction will be
completed during the summer and
a late September-October Grand
Opening is scheduled.
At the
US Open Beer
Championships
these southern
breweries were named in the Top 10
Breweries for 2013 by scoring points
for beers placing in each category
(
first 3 points, second 2 points
or third 1 point) #2 Sweetwater
Brewing —Atlanta, GA; #8 Mother
Earth Brewing — Kinston, NC;
#9
Fullsteam Brewing — Durham,
NC and; #10 Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, CO/ Brevard, NC.
The judges also awarded the top 10
Most Creative Names.” Southern
breweries that were among the
favorites: #6 Naked Pig Pale Ale —
Back Forty Brewing Gadsden, AL;
#9
Hotter than Helles —Cigar City
Brewing Tampa, FL.
Small Batch Beer Co.
should
be open early fall in Winston-
Salem, NC. Owners Tim Walker,
Ryan Blain and Cliff Etchason will
be brewing one barrel at a time as
the name of the brewery suggests.
They are opening in the space
formally occupied by the Kopper
Kitchen. After a successful Kick-
Starter campaign the trio started
construction this summer on the
brewery and 1,500 sq ft taproom.
The Winston-Salem Journal
reports, “We pretty much have all
the money we need,” Walker said.
Construction is starting and we got
our federal brewer’s permit already.
So we’re all ready to go. We’re just
waiting for construction to get
done.”
Look for
Lazy Magnolia’s
Backwoods Belgian ale. This
summer ale is an 8.5% Belgian-
style Golden Ale brewed with a
Southern” infusion of Honeysuckle
flowers. It pours pale gold under a
fluffy white head, is lightly hopped,
with fruity esters of orange, banana,
and traces of sweet honey in the
nose. Effervescent and refreshing,
this full-bodied Golden Ale will be
available until late August.
Westbrook Brewing
,
Mt.
Pleasant, SC has released a new year-
round beer, One Claw. The rye pale
ale is brewed reportedly with Citra
hops and is available on draft and in
cans.
Red Hare Brewing Co.
,
Marietta, GA has released the
Splitting Hares variety 12-pack that
includes four Long Day Lager cans,
four Gangway IPA cans, and four
Watership Brown cans. They have
also released a new Fall Seasonal,
Forbidden Fruit, a Spiced Apple
Farmhouse Ale.
Oak Barrel Tavern
has started
brewing beer on a 1-bbl nano-
system in the West Ashley area of
Charleston, SC. The beers are very
well made and are a great addition to
the Charleston craft beer scene. I had
the pleasure of drinking a few with
the brewers back in the early summer
and the beers were fantastic. The bar
also carries a very good selection of
craft beers you can choose from if
they are running low on the house
brewed beers.
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