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!

Pouring Beer

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.

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