Posts Tagged ‘cow thieves witbier’

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And the mustard winner is…

October 26, 2012

Despite a valiant attempt by Nobler Mark Alu to continue his winning streak, it was simply not meant to be. Because after hours of algorithm data mashing and wild blogosphere forecasting of who would be the winner of the third Nobler giveaway, one name remained, carefully chosen by Microsoft excel’s RANDBETWEEN function. Congrats to Mike Mangone, you may now collect your mustard. I hope you’ve prepared your speech!

As for the rest of the Cow Thievery taking place these days, this weekend marks the unveiling of our new set of labels for the two delicious wheat beers we bottled just a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to tasting both now that they are fully carbonated!

For those of you dressing up like sexy pirates or styling like Gangnam for Halloween, I hope you have a great time and drink well. And by drink well, I mean hopefully you avoid the candy corn vodka. If you have better drinks in mind and are looking to continue the pumpkin beer theme but are getting a little sick of the typical offerings, here is a great post from Serious Drinks on a few unusual spins on this fall favorite.

Have a great weekend and congrats again to Mike!

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Cow Thieves Quality and Efficiency

October 17, 2012

This past Sunday was bottling day and damn am I excited for our wheat beers. With the help of the priming sugar, the beer will carbonate in the bottle and barring any blow outs (we’ve only had a few to date), we should have another solid haul of 100 beers to enjoy. Bottling day has always been one of my favorite parts of the process; besides the excitement from filling and capping, the taste testing component to filling has become somewhat of a tradition. A glug straight from the bucket is the Cow Thieves way…

And this time around I really couldn’t believe how delicious the un-carbonated beer was. I ended up drinking a whole glass of our lemongrass wheat varietal with my lunch. So if we passed the room temperature, un-carbonated taste test, I think we are in good shape for the final product!

Also kind of exciting is how efficient we are becoming. It may sound silly, but this time around we were almost completely mess free. The only mix-ups occurred when I chose to talk instead of paying attention (I probably had too much coffee) and when I started raving about our new-found speed. (Never over promise!) But you can’t blame me for being excited that our timed capping speed has made it to 12 bottles/min. We have a long way to go to meet some industrial processes running 1200/min but we’re taking baby steps. After all, I was the guy who accidentally drank bleach during our batching production…

In other news, I’m finally making another batch of Cow Thieves Mustard. Check back in late this week or next for a chance to win one in the next Nobler giveaway!

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Cow Thieves Witbier Eliminates Anxiety

September 24, 2012

“The coriander may potentiate the anxiolytic effects of the alcohol..”

Orange Peel, Coriander, and Lemongrass

So the Cow Thieves Brewery was up and running again this weekend pumping out two batches of Witbier. Turns out we are getting quite efficient in brewing as we’ve got multiple pots on multiple burners and only once did one of us almost die: a little mishap where our sterilization solution was mistaken for water…

This time around, we decided to use subtle flavor additions as our variable change. In the first batch we used a somewhat straightforward mix of orange and coriander and for the second, a little pungent lemongrass. I’m really curious to see how the lemongrass shines through because the acidity I associate with the stuff for cooking, is one of my favorite flavor profiles. The coriander and orange peel blend is a riff off of some more common wheat beers like a Blue Moon and considering (according to their wikipedia page) the coriander adds some extra anti-anxiety punch to the alcohol (see awesome quote above), I’m anticipating a few fantastic evenings, sipping on our brew, without a care in the world.

Who knows, maybe this is the beer that finally gets me to sit still!

 

 

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