Monday, December 8, 2014

The People's Peaberry Porter

Well we have an exciting new beer to offer! The People's Peaberry Porter! LWS Brewing teamed up with our friends at Evocation Coffee Roasters to make a unique coffee porter. What we came up with is very unique and awesome beer.

 The beer from LWS brewing is one we brewed for the Amarillo Craft 2014 event back in September. It is a "traditional" porter, made with 2-row, Brown Malt, Marris Otter and a touch of chocolate malt. The hops used are Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. A very tasty brew with hints toffee, chocolate and some coffee.

The coffee supplied by Evocation Coffee is a Kenya Kiruga. It is a Peaberry coffee from Othaya farmers Cooperative, Nyeri County , Kenya. This has notes of bubble gum, blackberry and cherry. It pairs so well with the porter. The aromas come through in the beer nicely. This coffee was cold brewed so as not to pull out any of the oils.
So when can you get to taste this beer? Glad you asked! We have teamed up with Palace Coffee Amarillo to hold an event this Saturday, December 13, from 6pm to 8pm. We have 12 gallons of this delicious People's Peaberry Porter. So get there early!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keeping Perspective

September and these few weeks in October have been pretty rough for me. Paperwork on the Federal side is being reviewed (hurry up and wait), it seems to be forever. Finances are tight until we can sale beer, rob Peter to pay Paul. Many sleepless nights.

Yesterday that all came to a head in my head. I let work get to me. Started questioning what I was doing. Worrying about where I would come up with money to make ends meet. Felt like I was treading water and not doing well at it.  Things became a burden instead of a joy.

After I got off work at my "real" job I went to the brewery to check on fermentors and do a little keg cleaning. I poured a glass of our Texas Witty Twister. I just stared at the glass of beer. It smelled great. I took a drink and it was great. The foam laced down the side of the glass as I drank the beer. That's when it hit me, this is why I do what I do. This is why I work hard to get LWS Brewing going. This will be worth every pain, joy, sorrow, and the hard work. This is what will make the wait worth it. Making great beer. This is why I do what I do.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quality in Craft Beer.

An article in Brew York - 5 Things We Learned At This Year's Great American Beer Festival  stated something that we strive for every time we brew, QUALITY. Honestly I think that should have been number 1 on their list.

The article states how quality will affect the craft beer industry. It also says that it seems there are those brewers who really don't care about quality. As Paul Gatza, the Brewers Association director, stated : " “many of you have devoted your lives to this industry. Don’t fuck it up!”.  A simple statement and one that we work hard at. We work hard to keep quality in our beers and it shows. 

As a brewer I work hard to achieve two things when I brew. First is consistency. Second is quality. These two things go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other, well you can have consistently bad beer. Having consistently quality beer is a work of love and dedication. It is attention to detail and processes. Taking notes, researching, tasting and smelling the products along the way to becoming beer. Taking pride in what you do.

Finally it comes down to this: cleaning. I clean and sanitize everything that comes in contact with the beer. I spend more time cleaning than brewing. Clean, clean , and clean some more.

Here's to quality craft beer!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brewing Beer It's Upside

A recent article in the Dallas Observer about the ups and downs of running a brewery is a great read for those interested in brewing, whether it be on a home scale or a larger scale. We can relate to many if not all of what was said in the article. In this post we will focus on the upsides for us and then in another past the downside.

So here we go with what we consider the upsides!

  • We enjoy the science of brewing beer. So much to learn and do!
  • We enjoy the complexity and simplicity of the recipes. It is amazing at what grains, yeast, hops,, and water can do.
  • We love the smells from brew day and fermentation.
  • We find that each beer has a great history to it.
  • There is so many different styles to try.
  • The joy of making something that is great and done with our hard work.
  • The best part is we enjoy seeing people enjoy our beer!
It doesn't get much better than that last statement, just seeing others enjoy what we have brewed is the most rewarding of them all. Seeing people drink our beer and having a great time is awesome!

Here's to local craft beer! Prost!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fund Raising And The Last Few Hurdles

Well we started a fundraising site here: We started it with the goal to finish a few needed items to get us to the point we can sale our beer. No income makes for a very long road to hoe.

Some might say we are begging now and I would beg to differ.(see what I did there) Our goal from the very beginning was to have as little debt as possible starting this thing up, so far so good. We pay for our bills from our own pockets right now. We pay for our ingredients from our own pockets. We have been lucky and blessed to have some equipment bought for us by family and friends. We have built as much as we can by hand. Now we just want to be able to sale our product.

We can't sale our product until we have licensing in place from the Federal government and State government. That is where a majority of what we raise will go towards. Some funds will go to day to day operations to take the financial burden off of us for a bit. Some funds will help get equipment and finish some touches on the brewery to pass inspection to be able to serve onsite.

I believe in "It never hurts to ask". So we are asking for a little help. Anything you can provide will help. Helping small business is a good thing! I believe we have the best customers and fans around. Help us get great craft beer to Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle and beyond.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Water, Water Everywhere...not for forever!

A recent article on talks about the cities water usage being high already at this time of year. According to the article 80.4 million gallons of water were used in one day! That is 80,400,000 gallons, a lot of water! Being a brewery we take water usage seriously, we have to.

We recycle as much water as we can. The biggest usage of water is the cooling of the wort (unfermented beer) after it has been boiled. We have to cool our wort down as quickly as possible for the best beer possible. At this stage we use a 40 plate chiller, heat exchanger, that chills the wort down to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few minutes. Basically it cools the wort as fast as we can pump the wort through it, which happens to be around  3 - 4 gallons a minute. Now the water flow to cool the wort is much faster. In the time it takes to cool the wort we will have used around 50 gallons of water.

Now we don't just send this water down the drain or out into the street, we recycle it! All the chilling water goes into a 330 gallon tank for future use. From this tank the water can be reused for various brewery operations from cleaning to brewing another batch of beer. So we use and reuse the water to the best of our ability. When cleaning we pump water out of the tank and use a pressure washer which uses around 1 gallon a minute. When using the water for another batch of beer it is ran through a filter, to remove any particulate matter, and into the hot liquor tank to be heated.

So we encourage everyone to do their best on conserving this natural resource. Because without it we can't make great beer and we all go thirsty!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day. A day to remember that we need to take care of our resources and leave a better planet for future generations. More and more breweries are going "green" and LWS is doing what we can to conserve our resources.

We recycle water for brewing and cleaning. We have a huge 300 gallon tank that we run our chill water into. The water is filtered, ran through the chiller and then into the tank. During a long brew day that water will be ran through a filter again and into the hot liquor tank for the next brew. Remaining water is used for cleaning. We also use a power washer that uses about 1 gallon per minute to wash things down with.

When the brew day is done there is always the spent grains to deal with. In keeping with being "green" we donate that grain to local farmers and people to use as feed or compost in their gardens. It is a better use than dumping it in the landfill.

We have very little material that goes into the actual trash bin. We try to recycle as much as possible.

As we grow our plans to be a "green" brewery will grow as well. These will include solar and wind power generation. Recycling as much of our water and waste on site as possible. It takes planning and following through but it is so worth it!

So when you enjoy your next beer remember that by taking care of our planet we can continue to have quality brews.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Competition or a chance to grow together

We get asked quite a bit about a new brewpub trying to open up, Yellow City Co-op BrewPub.

First question is what do we think about the whole idea? Well to honest I'm glad it is them and not us! Seriously though we want them to succeed. We look forward to some great beers and food. They have a long road ahead of them. With the right help they will do great.

Second question is if we like the competition? Competition is good for any business. Without competition you have nothing to really gauge your success on. Competition makes us focus on the quality of our beer. We can't slack and neither will they.

We have a unique opportunity here in Amarillo to grow the craft beer culture. We have to work together to make this work well for each of us. Working together brings great beer to a thirsty consumer. We look forward to working with them in the future and maybe even showing them up now and again!

To find out more about Yellow City Co-op BrewPub follow them on Facebook or their website.

Here's to great beer! Prost!