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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!


Who wants a Cow Thieves T-shirt?

July 15, 2012

New and long-expected legislation has allowed for many a firsts in the local alcohol seen. Distilleries are popping up all over the NY area and just recently I saw via Kings County, that a Brooklyn Spirits Trail is in the works which most certainly will become part of the Nobler 1st Anniversary. So you can only imagine our excitement when this week the Mayor of Sea Cliff himself pushed through a law that claimed all garage based initiatives having produced 3 or more batches of beer with decent to mediocre quality control specifications were now officially considered Breweries. Oh right, they needed to have shirts as well.

Okay, so that whole Sea Cliff mayor thing was a bit fabricated, but the t-shirts…those are f’n real!

Larry and I bottled our third batch of beer this Saturday and managed to taste a bit in the process. These Summer Saison’s are going to be our best beer yet as even room temperature out of a bucket, they had some serious character. I’m working on the labels as we speak, and after a few weeks bubbling away in the bottles, these suckers will be ready to go. So what about the t-shirts?

Well the one you see above is more or less a prototype. Because before I went ahead and ordered a bunch, I wanted to ask all of you if you wanted one! For just ten bucks, you can have one of the original Cow Thieves Brewery t-shirts and maybe even a beer in the process. Leave me a comment with your size and a firm commitment to contribute and you’ve got yourself a deal!

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