Friday, October 23, 2009

Ninety-Eight Percent Asshole Free

Ken Grossman (right) commenting on the camaraderie among the members of the craft brewing industry: "Sam, I think you coined the phrase '98% percent asshole free'."

Sam Calagione: "Actually, it was 99%, but I think Jack Joyce brought it [down] 1%. And he would admit to that."

Sam and Ken seem like good guys. View the entire video here.

Anyone with insider connections know if this will be coming to KC?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I've been know to throw around the term "proto-Oligarchy" to describe our current model of governance. Turns out, some "Mad Toads" at Citigroup have whipped up a a nice analysis which shows me to be all wet in that department. It's not "proto" anything. It's here and it's called a PLUTONOMY.

Well, excuse the fuck out of me!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sac Envy

Dave at Seven Pack Beer Blog recently wrote a review of Sierra Nevada's newest year round offering: Torpedo Extra IPA. It is interesting to note that Dave seemed to have trouble finding this offering. I've considered this beer, but for some reason never pulled the trigger on a sixer.

Dave was curious about a whole cone dry-hopping device described in an SN press release as the "hop torpedo". SN's Bill Manley was kind enough to satisfy Dave's curiosity:

The torpedo essentially works like a giant coffee maker, except instead of coffee grounds they are hops, and instead of hot water, it is cold beer.

Sierra Nevada's got sacs made of stainless steel! What say you, Boulevard?

Nutcracker Sac pic stolen from KC Hop Head

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Mixed Emotions

I don't know if Mick Jagger had mixed emotions when he climbed into those aerobic tights back in 1989, but they could not have been greater than the ones I felt at 4:15 p.m. on October 3rd, 2009.

At that moment, I was standing in the the driveway of Mr. & Mrs. Wort Hog with three homebrew operations going on simultaneously: A rarely seen Rogen Weizen being brewed by the hosts was about ready for the wort cooler, the sparge was starting on Hop Frog's Tangerine IPA, and kchophead was in the middle of the boil for a Double IPA styled after Avery's Maharja which was constantly getting hop additions that were going to total over 1 pound; behind me was a house with a fantastic buffet of German food; in my belly was a an 18 month old Saison-Brett courtesy of Jeremy 'Noodles' of Boulevard Brewing; and in 1 hour and 45 minutes, I had plans to sit down to dinner with my long lost college attending Daughter who I had not seen since June.

The mixed emotions didn't last more than a moment. Brew Day 4.0 was fantastic! I had a great time, the beer was totally amazing, you guys are the greatest.

Gotta Go!