Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Brewery News

So today we've transferred our batch of Red Tractor from the fermenter to the conditioning tank to ready it for bottling and to also make room for another batch of our already popular Rebel Ale.

Activity abounds- as I write this Brett is tending the boil kettle and his wife Johanna and farm intern Amy are seeding in the greenhouse.

Tomorrow we meet with our distributor's Floyd County representative to visit local store owners and secure shelving for our bottled beer as well as a couple of draught locations. Wish us luck!

I gotta get back to the brewery.

Jason Anderson
Manager/ Assist. Brewer
Shooting Creek Farm Brewery

Recent Happenings

So much to report on I hardly know where to begin. Let's see, the distributor made their first pick up the other day and we'll be on the shelves any day now so that's a load off.

Brett and I met with Valley distribution's Blacksburg representative Danny Flad two days ago and he led us on a Bar and restaurant tour downtown to meet the owners and let them sample our Brown Ale and Amber Rye. The response we got was impressive, but most impressive of all was Danny's unique and personal relationships he has crafted with these businesses. The man knows no strangers and is a friend to all.

That being said, expect to find us on tap in the coming weeks at the following locations- The Cellar, Souvlaki's, The Rivermill, Boudreaux's, and Poor Billy's. Once production levels out we'll be putting taps in at London Underground, Cabo Fish Taco, and Sharky's. We're proud to have such wide acceptance in our nearby college town and will continue to work hard to maintain and build our following.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention our recent write up in the latest 16 Blocks issue so for all of you Blacksburgonians, pick one up next time you're out.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bottling and Launch

To all who care about beer:

We've now successfully gotten through the first and second batches of Buffalo Brown and Rebel Ale. I will say it has taught us a lot about our equipment and manpower capabilities as well as some simple methods in cutting down on the time factor.

Brett intrepidly manned the six-headed counter pressured manifold as I sanitized, racked and fed the bottles to him. Our friends Darrin, Dandee, Maggee, Brian, Amy, and Rachel carefully dried, labeled and packaged each and every bottle, manually. It is fair to say that none of this would be making it's way to the marketplace without their fastidious hands and steadfast cooperation. Big ups ya'll!!

Please continue to check in us as Shooting Creek Farm Brewery makes it's shift from a non to a for profit company.

Best Wishes,

Jason Anderson
Manager/Assist. Brewer
Shooting Creek Farm Brewery