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BCT Brewing Project at the LA Weekly Burgers & Beer 2016 event.
BCT Brewing Project at the LA Weekly Burgers & Beer 2016 event.

So it’s been two weeks since we served beers at the LA Weekly Burgers and Beer festival. Time for a wrap up – both because we had a great time, and because we received a very nice compliment. First though I’d like to thank Brew Crew Inc for hooking us up with the opportunity to serve at the event, and LA Weekly for putting together such a well-organized and, well, just plain terrific event.

We served two of the most popular beers we designed for the BCT Brewing Project brand – a Champurrado Imperial Stout called Captain Jack Turtle, and a wild yeast fermented Pale Ale with Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Szechuan Pepper called Tingle Me Pink. Kind of polar opposites from a beer style standpoint – but consequently quite fun to serve.

One does what one must when the staff photographer goes missing.
One does what one must when the staff photographer goes missing.

We were in good company, with fellow Orange County Brewers Guild Members Cismontane Brewing Co., Noble Ale Works, Pizza Port Brewing Co., The Good Beer Company – and other great breweries like Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Founders Brewing, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. With peers like this, the compliments we received, and being called out as having the best beer at the event by a CBS Local food and beer writer was a very pleasant surprise.

And I’m going to guess that I probably had the best educated bevy of servers at the festival. Family and friends including an M.A.Ed., one near Ph.D., and one M.D. Them plus me – a guy who makes beer – and a crash course on beer in the morning, and we were all ready to pour. The weather was gorgeous, the servers were sharp as tacks, and the beer (with the exception of a minor and brief equipment failure) poured great all day.

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People loved the beers, especially Captain Jack Turtle. Quite a few people came by near the end of the event to tell us that we had the best beer at the festival, and to get a last pour. Many were disappointed to find that the full keg of Captain Jack Turtle had kicked. We got about an hour in to the event and people were walking up and saying “I was just told that I HAD to try the Captain Jack Turtle.” It kicked about an hour before the end. Unfortunate, but I took it as a good sign of a beer well liked.

A few days after the event, CBS Local food and beer writer Hungry Hungry Harris wrote up the event and called out Captain Jack Turtle as the best beer at the fest, and “one of the best stouts I have ever tasted.” Altogether I would call the event a great success, both from a fun day perspective, and from the generous compliments we received for the beers we brought. I’m hoping to participate again when it comes around next year.

Cheers!
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29 Daniel - Thieving a sample is always exciting.
29 Daniel - Thieving a sample is always exciting.

Heads Up! There are only 28 cases of 29 Daniel batch 3 left at the onshoring point in New Jersey. This red wine barrel aged Porter I designed was awarded two Bronze Medals, at the 2015 World Beer Awards and the 2015 International Beer Challenge. It is brewed by Mateo & Bernabé & Friends in Logroño Spain.

Every batch of this beer gets a little better as Alberto, the brewer (previously a chef), tweaks it to please his excellent palate.

If you want some, ask your bottle shop to get some. In California the distributor is Lime Ventures.

Bottle shops local to me that have carried it before are Hacienda Beverage, Provisions Market, Bradley's Fine Wines & Spirits and a couple more. I'm pretty sure Whole Foods Market - Brea could get some in if the beer buyer is notified.

¡Salud!
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29 Daniel Fresh Pour
I like the effervescence, the ample rouge/beige head, and the berry aromas that bloom from the first pour.
Brewer Alberto Pacheco,  Specialty Beer Designer Daniel Fernandez, and 29 Daniel Batch 1. from Mateo & Bernabé
Brewer Alberto Pacheco, Specialty Beer Designer Daniel Fernandez, and 29 Daniel Batch 1. from Mateo & Bernabé

 

Valencia Saison, designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing
Valencia Saison, designed by Beancurdturtle Brewing.

Valencia Saison is the first beer I designed for a craft brewery, Premium Beers from Spain, back in November of 2013.

It was awarded a Bronze Medal in international competition at the 2014 Dublin Craft Beer Cup in a field of many big name breweries you would recognize.

Yes, I still have bottles of batch 1. Still orangey, still peppery, still quite nice. I'm enjoying this one tonight.

Cheers!
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These five huge multinational beverage companies often engage in unfair (and by my reckoning, unethical) business practices that harm craft brewers, the craft brewing industry, and you the craft beer consumers. Buying their products only supports less innovation, less creativity, and less choice – don't buy them.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

Support your local breweries, and real craft breweries.  It's good for you, and good for many of my friends.

Cheers!
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Statue de la Grisette, Paris France.
Statue de la Grisette, Paris France.

I have this urge to brew something edgy, but not. Do you know what a Grisette is? I'll tell you what it is, It comes from the French speaking part of Belgium, to the west of where my friend Dany Prignon of Brasserie Fantôme lives and brews, originating in the Hainaut province. Similar to a Saison but lighter in alcohol, and born in the Industrial Revolution so the processes and yeasts are cleaner than an heirloom Saison.

So I want to use the grain bill for this crisply refreshing farmhouse-ish style, ferment it with a wild native Southern California yeast and lacto mixed culture, and hop it similar to a New England style IPA (though less aggressively).

Have you guessed what an IPG is yet? How'd you like to try an India Pale Grisette?

À votre santé!
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