Hoppy Friday all,
Yes we’re busily engaged in preparations for the Great Taste of the Midwest on Saturday August 13th and leading up to it next week we’ll have FOUR limited releases starting next Wednesday the 10th!
On Wednesday we’re releasing a brand new beer that is a collaboration with the Mason Lounge: CATCHER’S MITT India Brown Lager! Bryan Richgels of the Mason asked me if I’ve ever heard of an “IBL” (I hadn’t) and suggested that we brew one and indeed we have! Weighing in at 6% abv, Catcher’s Mitt is kind of like a fairly hoppy American Brown Ale fermented with lager yeast so it has a nicely clean/crisp finish. It will also be on tap at the Mason!
Thursday August 11th we’re releasing SAISON DUROK, our more traditional Saison (compared to ALFERD Black Rye Imperial Saison) that (like Alferd) is spiced with Indian coriander and orange zest from organic Valencia oranges. A great summer style, this complex spicy/fruity/semi-bitter farmhouse ale was a hit last summer and is perfect for a limited August release.
Then on Friday the 12th our Great Taste Eve party will feature the release of two new beers and the fine acoustic rock stylings of local faves TREEMO!
At 3pm we’ll tap GLUTEN TOLERANT Wheatwine! This huge malted wheat/barley monster is our biggest beer brewed yet at 10.7% abv. Tons of caramel malt flavor/sweetness with a bit of spicy wheat aromatics followed by 69 IBUs of balancing hop bitterness. Gluten Tolerant will also be our 4PM special release at the Great Taste (and look for us at booth #507).
At 6:50 a very special/limited release for that night only: HOP-BORER Sour IPA! Yes the brett fermented version of our flagship beer HOP-BEARER. Hopheads and Brettheads unite on GT Eve!
Then TREEMO takes the stage at 7:30 for two stellar sets.
Hop to see you next week (if not before)!
Our first anniversary was this past Saturday April 30th but we’re celebrating it NEXT SATURDAY MAY 7TH with a big all day party!
Our first anniversary beer being released that day is LA CHINGADA CACA Maibock! Maibock is one of my favorite German lager styles and is aptly named as a hearty brew to welcome the lovely spring weather.
Weighing in at 6.8% abv, the hallmark characteristic of La Chingada Caca is a fine balance of malt and hops. To me Maibock is like the ESB of German lagers, with a similar emphasis on a strong Munich malty character with an appropriate level of hop bitterness and flavor/aroma for fine balance.
Curious about the name? Feel free to ask me in person this Saturday. Also, the latest batch of our flagship HOP-BEARER IPA will be back on tap for the party.
The party starts when we open at noon and both La Chingada Caca and Hop-Bearer will be on tap when we open along with other sumptuous selections representing a nice variety of styles.
The exellent JON HOEL TRIO takes our stage at 7:30pm to kick the party up a notch. We’re looking forward to having them be the first jazz band to play in our cozy space.
So, please join us this Saturday to celebrate our anniversary by hoisting a glass of La Chingada Caca!
All shows start at 7:30pm unless ortherwise noted
Fri, May 27 – Aaron Scholz & Chris Boeger
Sat, June 4 – The Viper & His Famous Orchestra
Fri, June 10 – Glacier Ridge Social Club (jazz)
Fri, June 17 – David Hecht
Sat, June 25 – Matt Joyce & Justin Aten
Fri, July 8 – Mike & Emma B
Sat, July 16 – Gin Mill Hollow
Yup, I’m turning 50 on Thursday Feb. 4th and what better way to celebrate than having a big party at my brewpub? We’re releasing two new beers that day:
JANETHAN WIRED Espresso Porter that will be on tap when we open at 3. This is our year-round JANETHAN Robust Porter with Just Coffee’s Electric Monkey Espresso added at the end of fermentation. Look for Electric Monkey to accentuate the chocolate malt character in Janethan. 5.9% abv.
6:50 special release time: Rum-barrel aged BROOKIE’S SOUR BROWN Flanders Brown Ale! Our first sour beer will be available that night only so EXTREMELY limited release. Quite rummy upfront with some booze in the middle then a nice/restrained Brett sour character in the finish. 9.1% abv.
AND here’s our tap list for the party:
CRANE ALE APA
JANETHAN WIRED Espresso Porter
STELLA Belgian Dark Strong Ale
CHACHALACA American Stout
GRAINNE’S SPECIAL BITTER ESB
-AND- again at 6:50: Rum-barrel aged BROOKIE’S SOUR BROWN Flanders Brown Ale!
Next Door Brewery’s VAMPIRE COSMONAUT Imperial Rye Stout!
There will be another surprise or two that night, as well.
The Parched Eagle opened on April 30th, a little over five months ago. Our product has been well-received from the start and everyone seems to like the ambiance of the space. That said, from a business perspective, it has been touch and go. We have had a couple of good sales months and a couple of really slow ones. Overall we have been just breaking even, but September didn’t quite make it into the black. We will be looking at some cost savings measures, but many of our costs are fixed. That leaves us with increasing sales. We have noticed that events like special beer releases bring in a much bigger crowd. Live music events at the Parched Eagle have been especially enjoyable and well attended, so we plan to do more of that (including Maury Smith & the Orchestra Bordenave tomorrow night!). While our food has been well-received, the food sales haven’t been hitting the mark, so we are looking at changes in that area. We may do away with the costly and time consuming sandwich bar, and go with locally made pizzas. We will definitely continue to offer pretzels, as this has been our most popular food item. We will also likely continue to offer the sausage and cheese plates. We know that visibility is an issue at our location, so we are looking at our signage options. Of course we are all about the beer and with our small system we run out of batches of any particular beer fairly quickly. We are looking at increasing our production in the short term and our capacity as soon as feasible. Longer term we are looking at getting our product into stores and other bars around town.
How can you help? Obviously coming in for a beer and bringing lots of friends is a good start. Word of mouth is always important for a small local business like ours, so please tell your friends (and family) about us. We have noticed the high ratings you have been giving us on untappd and we are honored. We also want to hear from you about how we can serve you better, your ideas for offerings or events, or people and other businesses you think we should know about.
We are passionate about making outstanding beer, but it doesn’t mean anything without you there to enjoy it. On our back bar we have a bumper sticker from the Brewers Association that states “Support Your Local Brewery”: that fits us to a tee! We need the grand community of craft beer drinkers to come through our front door in order to prosper (and make more and more great beer in return).
Jim and Tom, co-owners