Friday, November 22, 2013

Kickstarter for Council Brewing

We currently have a Kickstarter campaign in progress to raise funds to dress up our tasting room to change it from bare bones to awesome! Here's the link: - Our brewery currently has a signed lease on a location in San Diego, state ABC and Federal TTB licensing submitted, construction documents being designed and will be submitted to the City in a couple of weeks! Lots of progress being made, but we need your assistance to help the space look amazing! If you're willing to lend a hand through our Kickstarter, we'd really appreciate. We plan on throwing a sweet party for Kickstarter backers ONLY! It'll be an awesome time!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Council Brewing Company

Hey Folks, sorry for the lack of posting of late. I've been extremely busy preparing plans to open up my own Nano-Brewery! Our plan is to open a tasting room powered by a 3 BBL brewhouse in the San Diego area. We've got some great press recently and are starting to get some momentum going. I'll continue my full time employment working on the business part time, while Liz will be the full time brewer and brewery manager, making her one of a handful of female brewers/brewery owners.

We've got some great press the past week thanks to the Eater and San Diego Beer news. Check out the articles here. Follow us on twitter @councilbrewing and on Facebook for the latest updates!

San Diego Beer News - Meet Council Brewing Company
Eater - New Nano-Brewery Sets Sights on Kearney Mesa 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Beer Pairing Dinner

We hosted a beer pairing party last Saturday where we invited guests to bring dishes that paired well with our home brew selections. Fun times were had by all and the food pairings were delicious along side our beer. We had 12 beers available that evening!

2013 America's Finest City (AFC) Homebrew Competition 2013

Liz and I participated in the America's Finest City (AFC) Homebrew Competition last weekend by both entering beers and judging (we're both BJCP Certified Judges). The results for AFC were revealed at the February QUAFF meeting and we took home two medals:
1st Place - 15C: Weizenbock - Predestination
2nd Place - 4C: Schwarzbier - Knight Rider

This provided us with an opportunity to obtain feedback on many different beers that we are entering in the National Homebrew Competition next month. The vast majority of entries scored in the low to high 30's. So although only two placed, we know that in another competition any of those other entries could easily place as well. Competitions tend to be a bit of a "numbers game" or a crap shoot. The more entries you have, (assuming high quality), then of course the better the odds of placing. I expected that our English Special Bitter and Saison would medal (which ended up scoring 38 and 37 respectively) but they didn't.

Beers fair differently in each competition. We haven't had a beer place in multiple competitions, but we're placing in many different categories. For example, the Belgian Dark Strong that took 1st in the QUAFF Strong Ale Competition with a 38, received a much lower score in the AHA Un-Session Competition (28). But then it scored fairly well again in the AFC at 34 with a lot of praise. So you just never know how well a beer will actually perform in competition. We're looking forward to the NHC competition in the coming months. The organizers of AFC did a fantastic job to try to pair judges properly so that all the beers were judged fairly and I'm very grateful to them for making the extraordinary effort to organize the AFC competition.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pliny the Younger 2013 Release

On February 1, 2013 we trekked to San Francisco to move a friend to San Diego and while we were there we went to Santa Rosa/Russian River Brewing Company for the first day of the 2013 Pliny the Younger release! We spent 4 1/2 hours in line - 3pm to 7:30pm and passed the time chatting to the many craft beer enthusiasts that braved the long line as well. We finally made it in and boy was it worth it! The experience of drinking Pliny the Younger on the first day with so many other exuberant people is not to be missed. Without further ado, the pictures!

Pliny the Younger!
Pliny the Younger Sign on the windows
The front of the incredibly long line, which at one point stretched all the
way down the block and quite aways around the corner (several hundred feet).

The Line continued.

My lovely wife and Jon's wife Lindsay - our DD who
we are eternally grateful and indebted to.
My wife and I in front of Russian River Brewing Co -
we were about 45 minutes from getting in at that point.
Pliny the Younger in hand!
Pliny the Younger being enjoyed side by side with a Pliny the Elder!
Well into the night of enjoying Pliny's - Curtis & Jon
Curtis & Jon enjoying the Pliny's

Monday, January 7, 2013

15 Minute IPA

I had the hair-brained idea last night to brew an experimental 1 gallon test batch of an experimental IPA. I'm looking to get a lot of tropical fruits, specifically, Pineapple out of the aroma. I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it, so I brewed an extract batch with some Crystal 40 steeped grains, and boiled for just 15 minutes with the new hop variety - Zythos and fermented with WLP 575 Belgian yeast. Dry Malt Extract has already been boiled so a full 60 minute wort boil isn't required. Between all the set up, brewing, cooling, and clean up, the batch only took me 1 1/2 hours! I'll probably start doing more extract test batches in the near future considering how quickly it can be done.

It's currently fermenting, but I couldn't believe the amount of bitterness that was extracted in just 15 minutes. It was probably the most bitter IPA I've brewed. I've been slowly moving towards less early bittering charges and higher amounts of late addition hopping to extract more hop flavor and aroma. After performing this test, my next all-grain IPA will be conducted with a 60 minute boil and all late addition hops (15 minutes and less).

1 Gallon extract test batch boiling away on the stove top.
The 1 Gallon Wort

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Brewery Tour Round Up

I never finished my Beercation series. Here's are lots of photos from the rest of the breweries we visited.

Anderson Valley, 21st Amendment, Moylan's, Russian River (3 straight days at RR!), Bear Republic, Lagunitas.

Anderson Valley - Mash tun

Anderson Valley - Brewery Control Panel

Anderson Valley - giant hop back 

2st Amendment
21st Amendment - Brewery

21st Amendment Mezzanine Bar

Liz tasting her beer


21st Amendment

21st Amendment




Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. - check out the foot long handle bar mustache on that guy!

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co - Outdoor fermentors

Probably my favorite brewery ever - Russian River Brewing Co.

Russian River Brewing Co.

2012 Year in Review

2012 was a great brewing year for Liz and I. We got 30 batches in the books, 3 ribbons (1st Place and Best of Show Honorable Mention at the SD Fair for the the Pale Ale and 1st Place in the QUAFF Strong Ale Competition for the Belgian Dark Strong), became an active member of QUAFF, became BJCP Certified Judges, took a great Beercation, visiting 13 breweries,  and finished the year with getting a Brew Dog - Nelson. Here are a few photos showing some of the highlights of the year:

Another double brew day

2012 San Diego County Fair - 1st Place/Honorable Mention Best of Show - Pale Ale
2012 QUAFF Strong Ale Competition - 1st Place Belgian Dark Strong

Judging at the BJCP sanctioned 2012 Temecula Valley
Homebrew Competition at Black Market Brewing Co.

Our new brew dog - Nelson!
My Head Brewer (Liz) with Nelson