Monthly Archives: April 2005

Iron Horse Brewery

There’s a short review from Seattle Weekly about the new Iron Horse Brewery, located in Ellensburg, Washington. Crammed as efficiently as possible, Unit 4 is an immaculate little 15-barrel brewhouse acquired from a defunct Indiana firm. Owner Jim Quilter, as affable as his beers are quaffable, runs the operation with some administrative help from his wife, Cheryll…. His ales are damn good. Rodeo Extra Pale is a balanced, light-copper-colored session bitter; Iron Horse Brown is … Continue reading →

Olde Saratoga Brewing

Short but interesting article about the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, based in Saratoga Springs, New York, yet owned by Mendocino Brewing Company, which is based in California. By itself, I don’t find that to be unusual; but a third of the beer they brew is for Mendocino Brewing—so a microbrewery at one end of the country brews beer for one at the extreme other end? That sounds unusual. The Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. has been … Continue reading →

Spruce beer

Here’s a little puff piece on spruce beer, in Alaska. It delves into a little history—dealing with sailors and scurvy—and even contains a recipe (I’m thinking it’s a pretty old recipe): Boil 10 gallons (45.5 liters) of water, six pounds (2.7 kilograms) of molasses, and three ounces (85 grams) of ginger for three hours; add two pounds (.9 kilograms) of spruce tips for five minutes in the boil. Strain, add milk yeast, wait two days … Continue reading →

National Homebrew Day

Saturday, May 7 is National Homebrew Day! Yes, that’s a real holiday; it was officially recognized by Congress on May 7, 1988, and it’s always the first Saturday of May. Here’s the RateBeer article that clued me in, and here’s the Big Brew celebration page on the Brewers Association website. I’m sure I’ll post more on this as May 7 approaches.

Rebuilding Alamogordo Brewing Company

Here’s a story about the rebuilding of the microbrewery that became the Alamogordo Brewing Company, in New Mexico; basically it’s a longtime homebrewer’s dream job, becoming the brewmaster for a local brewpub. While he said the restaurant does not pay him as brewmaster, it did offer the enticing opportunity to expand his hobby and take on the master brewer moniker. But before he could ever start the nuts and bolts of mixing hops and yeast … Continue reading →