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!