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

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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

Brew Day: #150

First off, just in case anyone was wondering, our last beer is #lovewins – as in: hashtag love wins.  This beer is number 150.  Back before the time of Twitter and social media, that symbol used to be a sign signifying number… or time to start playing tic tac toe.  So this beer is #150 because it is going into  Ranger Creek’s .44 Rye Whiskey barrel #150.  When we acquired the barrel, we knew we had to make something worth of going in it, so we decided on a big, badass barleywine.

Look at that color... it's even prettier in person.

Look at that color… it’s even prettier in person.

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Vorlauf

If we hit our numbers as planned, this beer should be 12+% and should be pushing close to 100 IBUs.  Our intention is to let it sit for a few weeks in the barrel (since this is a much smaller barrel, it will take on those flavors much more rapidly that the beer would if it were sitting in a full-size vessel), then bottle condition until at least the new year.  Then we’re going to see how things play out over time.  Who knows; maybe when we open our brewpub publicly there  could be a bottle or two of this popped in celebration!

Manny soaking in the scents of barleywine-to-be

Manny soaking in the scents of barleywine-to-be

Passing the time during the 120 minute boil

Passing the time during the 120 minute boil

The brew day went pretty well overall, except when we ran out of gas while heating the sparge water!  That probably is why we got such good efficiency, as I continued to sparge with wort while Manny went to get more propane.  Other than that one hiccup, everything went exceptionally smooth.  We also decided that since we were brewing a barleywine, we were going to drink some barleywines, including a vertical tasting of Real Ale’s Sisyphus.  It was a good day.

With such a high amount of expected alcohol, aerating the wort was especially important on this one

With such a high amount of expected alcohol, aerating the wort was especially important on this one

It's a big'un!

It’s a big’un!

To try to be sure that we’d not have any troubles getting through the fermentation process with such a high alcohol content, we pitched quite a bit of Safale-05 and then supplemented that with some Super High Gravity yeast.  Between the two we should sail right up to that 12.6% or so that we are expecting #150 to finish out at.  We look forward to sharing a bottle with you, but until then… Cheers!

Brew Day Playlist:
Prophets of Rage: Zen Gravy
Rage Against the Machine: Demo, Rare, and Live
TOOL: Ænima
NoFX: Punk in Drublic