The latest six pack holder that went out. A fathers day gift for some lucky guy. I think it came out pretty sweet.
Had a great time at The Chubby Pickle last night. (that’s what she said..ha). It was the Twin Light Tap House tap takeover and they had some great beers to share. The Twin Light Tap House was, in my opinion, the best place in New Jersey for craft beer. Unfortunately the place was underwater during Sandy and is not likely to reopen, at least not in the same location. The event last night was to keep the name out there and more importantly to help out the employees. These are super knowledgeable beer people who love craft beer and don’t have the Tap House to serve at. To them I say thanks for last night and I can’t wait for The Tap House to reopen, wherever it is.
Also, I played some pretty good darts to boot.
I knew today was a good day for some reason!
The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% (4% ABV), compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication.
Another Club Foot meeting. Out to Nip Tuck in Long Branch, NJ for John’s birthday. It was a new destination for all of us but we had heard good things. They had some really nice beers on tap including Nugget Nectar. It was John’s b-day but John and Dorthy had a surprise for us. They had picked up some Heady Topper on a recent trip to Vermont. It’s kinda like when you stick your nose in a bag of hops; sorta like drinking that smell. I just never had a beer that tasted like this. You could line a thousand IPA’s up in front of me and I could pick this one out. Mike and Jen had to split after Nip Tuck so we went to see Mike and Kathy at their place. Had some cake, beer, laughs and we boys took a little nap. A side effect of good beer I guess.
Happy Birthday John. It was a great time. Cheers.
A couple of pics of a gift I made for my friend John’s B-day. The case fits a case of 22’s and has our club logo imprinted on it.
The rack is multi-functional.
Use it as a drying rack for cleaning bottles.
Use it on top of your bottles in the case to keep them from moving around too much.
Put it on the bottom of your case to store your empties upside down.
(Gratuitous sales pitch) These items are available in my shop.
Bottling time from last weekend. Brewed “Decimation” which is a Ruination knock off and “Black Onyx” a black lager. Both came in just north of 9%! Of course we had to try them before they went into the bottles. Awesome. Really, really good beers-both of them. All in all we got 11 cases of 22’s and a sixtel. I think we did pretty good considering we were all pretty banged up from the night before. A cup of coffee, pork roll, egg, and cheese and I was ready to get back on the horse.
A couple of custom beer caddies that went out recently. The business is picking up steam and unfortunately the over hall of the workshop (HQ) has come to a stand still. I have off from my “regular” job this week so I have to make some progress. Any who.. it was a great weekend. Had a Club Foot meeting Friday. Visited both Kane and Carton Breweries on Saturday and bottled our beer that we brewed at The Brewers Apprentice a couple of weeks ago on Sunday. Posts to follow.
St Paddy’s Day at our house. HOLY SHIT! The average temp for this time of year is around 50 degrees. We get 30’s and snow. Didn’t put a damper on things though. I was having too much fun to worry about photos so there was no way there was going to be any quantity or quality photos so these are the best there is.
Tons and tons of great beer to drink. Loads of great friends, just enough debauchery (the cops did not show up this year). Highlights: corned beef and cabbage, the annual burning of the Christmas tree; members of Club Foot in the hot tub around 2am, bonfire in the snow; 50+ friends/family hanging out. I love Saint Patrick’s day. Had corned beef hash for breakfast and Rubens for dinner today. Nice. We cooked 8 briskets and only had left overs for today. Usually eat corned beef for a week. Can’t wait for next year and I am only 1/16th Irish.
Still catching up on posts. This is from last weekend when we went to our local brew on premises establishment called The Brewers Apprentice. This is where we get most of our ingredients for home brewing. We actually learned a few tricks from the employees that should help us at home. It was a great day. It’s always a great day when you start drinking at 10am and end up with 30 gallons of beer by noon. Much quicker than all grain brewing, no clean up, and 30 gallons of beer. On to Asbury Park afterwards to one of my favorite places, The Brick Wall for BINGO, lunch, and more great beer.
Going to bottle on the 24th so I will be posting the follow up.