Tasting Event, Barry Mangilow v.2, and T-shirts!

Hello All!

Sorry that the updates have been few and far between lately. Things have been crazy outside of BBxB, and just haven’t been able to get stuff posted here. So this will be a longer post to let you know what you’ve missed!

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Ryan pouring some Inked while Manny talks beer – Photo by Flipintex Fotos

First, we had a tasting event in Helotes at GG’s House, a neighborhood boutique. It was a great event, and we got to meet lots of cool people. Thanks to everyone one that made it out, thanks to everyone that left us feedback, thanks to everyone that had conversations with us, and thanks to everyone who donated, which helped offset some of the out-of-pocket costs we had. We hope everyone had fun. We weren’t as happy with some of the beers we served as we could have been, but we really did enjoy all the conversations and all of the people we met.

Barry Mangilow

Next up, we brewed our Mango Triple IPA, Barry Mangilow, again. But this time, we took it from somewhat NE IPA inspired to full on NE Triple IPA. This beer – 5.5 gallons of it – has nearly a pound of hops (Equinox, Huell Melon, and Azacca) and 3.5 pounds of mango puree. We’re really excited to see how this version comes out, as Manny and Ryan are both big fans of the NE IPA style (we enjoy our IPAs less bitter and more aromatic).

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The BBxB “Hops” Logo

Finally, we had a Kickstarter campaign to get t-shirts ordered from Fine Southern Gentlemen in Austin, and it was successful! So we are now gathering information and waiting for our payout from Kickstarter, then we will be putting our Blue Hops logo on a light grey shirt. If you were unable to get in on the Kickstarter campaign but want a shirt, email Ryan@brazenbexarbrewing.com ASAP. They are $17 (+shipping if you are not local where we can arrange to meet up to deliver it to you) and payment can be made via PayPal, USAA Pay, or Zelle.

We have decided that we are going to “slow our roll” a bit and instead of moving forward right now to look for investors, we are going to start entering our beers into competitions, so we can get some true validation that we are making products people want to buy. Everyone loves free beer. We need to know that what we are making is something that we can count on to repay a potential investor, so we are looking to verify that. Hopefully we can meet up with you sometime soon and share a cold one.

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Updates!

Hi All,

I realized it’s been a bit since we’ve updated anyone on here.  Sorry for the slack, life and excuses and whatnot.  The last brew day we posted was for Nebula, and since then we’ve brewed a new, funkier version of Bogues Beauregarde (our Brettanomyces Saison), and #lovewon (an imperial version of our Rye Amber Ale).  In addition, we’ve bottled Whizdoodle (our Blueberry Sour) and Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight (our Blueberry Brettanomyces Saison).  Plus, just for fun, we made our first cider and pitched it on the blueberries and yeast cake from Whizdoodle, to make a sour blueberry cider.

We are looking to get a tasting event, and a potential investor event, going in the April timeframe.  By that point we will have brewed our hoppy beers so they will be nice and fresh and ready to serve.  We are looking for a space that can hold these events, so if you know anyone/anywhere, please email Ryan@brazenbexarbrewing.com with info!  Our requirements would be that it is a space that is NOT licensed to sell alcohol, we can set up at least some sort of temporary cooking apparatus in the space if there is not already a stove, and it can hold a decent amount of people.

 

In the meantime we are looking forward to checking out some of the more experimental BBxB creations and sharing them with you!

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Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight in our new taster glass

Brew Day: Nebula

Our first brew of 2017 is our Belgian style Tripel, Nebula.  The name comes from the fact that the recipe is mostly a standard Tripel, but with the addition of Galaxy hops for aroma.  The brew day was fun – we had additional help from our friends Andy and Clarissa.  Clarissa is just learning about brewing, so she came along for the educational opportunities, and I’m sure the games and beers didn’ hurt the situation either!

We also recently purchased our own grain mill, because the grain we get from our LHS is never milled very well, unfortunately.  We even ask that it go through the mill a few times, and our efficiency is still much lower than would be expected.  To try to up that efficiency, we purchased our own… but unfortunately it did not come with all of the pieces we needed to get it up and running and we bought the wrong hardware.  SO, back to the LHS to get it milled before we start.

The brew day had its ups and downs.  First off, it was actually REALLY COLD here in San Antonio, to the tune of 20 something degrees when we first got started.  For this recipe we decided to do a 3-step mash to help give the beer more body but still end pretty dry, and we think that the cold was throwing things off in the calculations.  We were over our temp on the first rest (and never got it down to what it should have been), we were over on the 2nd step (but we were able to get it right), and we were almost under on the third, but in the ned we got it working.  We will see how the mash issues affect the final beer. Who knows, maybe the rests that we ended with will be better than what we planned (it’s possible…)

On the good side, we were very close on our pre-boil gravity, we git plenty of wort, and we had some really active yeast that was spun up from a very expired vial.  Also, we drank some great beers, and enjoyed some fun games.  In addition to our standard Exploding Kittens (and a little Yahtzee at the end), Clarissa brought Cards Against Humanity which was a nice addition.  Additionally, as of this morning (maybe 16 hours after pitching the yeast), the krausen is kicking, so we know those yeasties are excited to be in their new home.  Nebula has one of the oddest fermentation schedules of any of our beers, so the next two weeks we will continue to adjust, and we will see what we get in the end.  Delicousness.  That’s the goal.

Brew Day Playlist:
Run the Jewels: RtJ3
Algorhythms: EELRIJUE
Inside Out: No Spiritual Surrender
That Handsome Devil: A City Dressed in Dynamite
TOOL: Undertow
Madvilliany 2: The Madlib Remix
Soul Coughing: The Brooklynites

Brew Day: Inked and Canela de Vainilla Inked

Today we took step 2 of 7 toawrds prepping for our hopeful investor’s dinner in the spring.  Today we brewed one of our standard beers, Inked (an oatmeal stout), and one of its Brazen counterparts, Canela de Vainilla Inked (cinnamon vanilla).  During this brew session, we worked some on our business plan, and it is getting closer to being done.  We are hoping that before the end of 2017 you will be able to buy a pint from us!

The brew day wasn’t as great as we had hoped.  First, it was actually cold in San Antonio.  Not complaining… because I complain about the heat most of the year, but still.  Cold.  Made all the hot liquids look cool, though.  Secondly, we ended up low in both our volume of beer and our Original Gravity (potential alcohol).  So, likely, Inked and CdV Inked are going to be lower than their original expectations, unless the Final Gravity ends lower (and dryer) as well. These issues of small variations will be less problematic when we have a more automated system.  As of now we are a very manual process, which means lots of opportunity to introduce human error.

We are going to be brewing a lot, and brewing more than we can serve at one investor’s dinner, so we intend to have some tastings this spring as well.  If you have an idea of a place we can serve homebrew (the rules per TABC: the location must not have a license to serve alcohol, and we need to be able to give it away in return for a “review,” so we will be asking for feedback) please email ryan@brazenbexarbrewing.com and we’ll be best buddies.

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Ryan, checking Inked on the refractometer.

Looking forward to see how these turn out… 🙂

Brew Day Playlist:
A Tribe Called Quest: We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Beastie Boys: Ill Communication
CZARFACE: A Fistful of Peril
Dangerdoom: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Deftones: B-Sides and Rarities
Devo: Freedom of Choice
Alice In Chains: Nothing Safe

Brew Day:Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight & Whizdoodle

Yep, Whipple (S.B.D.) and Whizdoodle.  As you might have guessed, these beers are Roald Dahl influenced, and that’s because they are a spin on Bogue Beauregarde… named for Violet Beauregarde in Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It all comes full circle.

Bogues was first fermented on a mixture of a saison yeast and wild yeast culled from the outside of some blueberries.  Just the outside though; we didn’t use the blueberries for anything other than the yeast.  For a long time we had been wanting to do a blueberry beer, so a version of Bogues seemed a perfect candidate.  Ryan re-did the recipe to make it work better with fruit, and then it was named Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight.  To up it a bit more, we also decided to sour some of the wort as well, and this we dubbed Whizdoodle.

Today was a perfect brew day.  We hit all of our numbers almost perfectly, and the wort we collected at the end was deep purple!  What makes the color all the more amazing is that we’ve only used 4 of the 20 pounds of blueberries that are going to go into these beers… we’ve only got 20% of the blueberries in there.

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In go the blueberries… causing Ryan to burn his face with wort.  For the 2nd time.

Once the yeast (now a saison and brettanomyces blend) gets going, both beers will have more blueberries added, as well as additional Brettanomyces claussenii.  Once the secondary fermentation on the blueberries is complete, Whizdoodle will have a sour bacteria blend (and potentially some oak) added, then both beers will be left to age for at least a couple of months.

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It’s. So. Purple.

These beers are the first of a long list that we are going to brew and store up in order to throw a potential investor dinner in the spring.  We have a pretty aggressive goal to brew between now and then!  Hopefully we will get a chance to share some of these (and the many more we are making) with you soon.

Brewday Playlist:
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
Death – …For The World To See
CZARFACE – Every Hero Needs a Villain
Apollo 440 – Electro Glide in Blue
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Brother Ali – Us
Flobots – Fight with tools

Cerveceros 2016 Home Brew Competition at La Villiata

Saturday 11/12 we were fortunate to participate in this year’s Home Brew Competition hosted by San Antonio’s biggest home brew club, the Cerveceros.  It was at historic La Villita in downtown San Antonio and it was a beautiful day for an event.

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Luck #7 (this was before the last 5 kegs had been added)

We got down there around 11:30 to deliver our keg and set up our tent and table.  We found out after setting up that some of the other competitors had other beers they were pouring from their tents, and I wish we had realized we could do that!  We would have brought some more things for people to sample other than our competition beer.  Oh well, we’ll know for next time (and besides, we’d have to buy a little more equipment to be able to o that so no loss this time).  Or maybe we’ll just fill a bunch of metal growlers! (no glass allowed)

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Mehoopany, iPA – Pic by Hunter Hinton

Our newest beer, “Mehoopany, iPA” was entered in the competition.  We were assigned #7 (out of 22 entries).  This beer is a “Northeastern style” double IPA, clocking in at 8.5% and 68 IBUs.  This style is defined as being “hazy, soft, and juicy” with a very fruit forward aroma and mild bitterness compared to most styles of IPA.  We feel like we’ve got that description pretty well locked down.

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No mo’ Mehoopany fo’ you!

Funny thing was, in the 21 other choices, there was actually another entry in the same style (they called it a New England IPA but tomayto tomahto) called Betty Hopper.  Betty Hopper was the first keg to float, and one pour later Mehoopany followed.  Then… voting. Mehoopany took 2nd place… by ONE VOTE… to Betty Hopper!  Congrats guys!

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Celebrating 2nd with Pete Alanis, Cerveceros president

Overall it was a great event, and a great chance to get out and meet people both in the creating and consuming sides of craft beer.  There were many familiar faces that we have seen around (even at some of our own tasting event), as well as many new ones.  Thanks much to the Cerveceros for putting on the event, and thanks to everyone that came out, and a special thanks to everyone that gave us feedback.  If you were there and you did not check in our beer, please do! https://untappd.com/b/brazen-bexar-brewing-mehoopany-ipa/1771072

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Here we are, about to drop our new hip-hop album?

Next up for us is a pair of Brazen brews.  We are making variants of Bogues Beauregarde, our saison.  As of now, they are named “Blue Bogues” (Bogues aged on blueberries) and “Bogues Bleus Sauvages” (Bogues on blueberries, then soured).  After those we are intending to ramp production back up because sometime this spring we would like to have a potential investors dinner where we can serve a variety of our beer paired with some food to people that might want to give us money! More to come.

Brew Day: Mehoopany, iPA (x2!)

Back on October 1st, we brewed BBxB’s first ever “Northeast Style IPA,” named “Mehoopany, iPA” after the small town in Pennsylvania that Ryan’s family comes from.  We wanted to make a beer that is soft, juicy, and super-hazy, and we feel like we succeeded in that.  This beer will be available for sampling in the next Ceverceros competition on November 12th. Many of the people to try it so far feel like it is “alcoholic pineapple juice” and we are ok with that!

We wanted to bring a beer style to Texas that has been very underrepresented, so we brought the NEIPA here.  This beer will be available for sampling 11/12/2016 from 1-5 at La Villita as part of the Cerverceros competition.  We took this first batch out for some sampling by a few people, and the feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive!

As of right now, Mehoopany, iPA has a rating of 4.267 out of 5 on Untappd.  Some of the comments were: “Hazy and delicious.” “NE comes to Tejas” and my favorite so far “F*cking killed it!”  We are looking forward to taking this second batch that we brewed for the competition out to get more feedback and more ratings.

For the second batch (that will be available at the comp), we made some slight changes.  It is still über-hoppy (with 12oz of hops in a 5 gallon batch), but we reduced the bitterness just a little bit, changed some of the hops used,  and changed up the dry hopping a bit.  In addition there were some slight changes to the malt bill to try to add a little bit more body to the beer.  We are really excited to share it with you and hope you come out to try it!

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BBxB – Coming Soon!

Also, we are starting to look more seriously at our business plans as we are looking to get a location sooner rather than later.  We will likely be looking into Kickstarter or GoFundMe as a place to get some of our beginning monies, but also looking at investors to find a base for our brand.  Hopefully in the not too distant future you can buy our beer!  In the meantime you can come out to the homebrew competition at La Villita on 11/12 and at least buy our glasses!!!

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Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary, Andy’s homebrewed NEIPA (the space), 2015 Firestone Stickee Monkee, Feb. 2014 Real Ale Sisyphus, Real Ale Brewer’s Cut 14: Kriek, some Mehoopany, iPA (Space #2) and Heavy Melon (thumbs down on that one) (Batch #2 Share)


And here’s a fly that had too much Mehoopany, iPA.

Brew Day Playlists:
Batch #1
The Clash – London Calling
Digable Planets – Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Pink Floyd – Is There Anybody Out There?
TOOL – Salival
Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Lice Two: Still Buggin’
Batch #2
Suicide Machine – Battle Hymns
Less Than Jake – Pezcore
The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain
NoFX – I Heard They Suck Live!
Pink Floyd – The Film
The White Stripes – Elephant