Monday, February 25, 2008

The Freak Brothers have a new toy...

Hey everyone, just a quick update on what has been going on lately with the beer and the brewing. Brewing has been at a standstill for the last 2 to 3 weeks mainly because we were trying to get an actual commercial brewery going, which for now has been moved to the back burner due to licensing restrictions with our business partner. It looks like this week will be the start of a new brewing cycle probably starting with an American Wheat Beer and continuing until every fermenter is full. It also looks like the hop market shortages are starting to take hold, I've been trying to price ingredients and have seen hops going for $5.00+ an oz, I think that because of that we are probably not going to be making any more IPAs for a while and probably start working on brewing some Belgian beers or Wheats. The final bit of information to share is the one that we are the most excited about, we now have a Blichman beer gun. I have to say that this thing is freakin' cool, we just got it the other day and haven't had a chance to use it yet but it looks like the perfect way for us to bottle beer. We'll have more on the beer gun later, I'm sure with videos and pictures to follow. Until then Keep on brewing and keep on trying something new.

Cheers, "E"

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Just Another Day For The Freaks!!!

As you can see, it looks like we have been at it hardcore. The truth of the mater is that we have not been brewing much lately at all because of the holidays and we are trying to open a small brewery and we have not had much time to brew. As it turns out, Iowa has a law that lets native Iowans get past many of the laws that prohibit making and then selling beer. E and I have been talking with a pub owner and it sounds like we may be able to put a small brewery in one of his pubs. This is one of the coolest things that I have come by in years. I tried to do this before but, it didn't happen. The problem was that back in the early 90's, when I tried to do this, the laws were different. Now that the laws have changed, it seems as if we can get this done. E and I are very excited about what might happen. It is a long shot but, it is as close as you can get to making the dream come true. We will keep you posted on our progress. Wish us luck.