Gathering my notes and photos from this past weekend which was filled with beer-related activities. One, the Loose Reed interview you know about. Another event I found really interesting and educational was watching Shawn and crew bottling Birds Fly South's first ever bottling of Brand New Eyes, a Farmhouse Ale brewed with Motueka hops. At 5.5% abv, this saison is almost a session beer, which befits the style. You can get more detailed info on this brew at their website, bfsbeer.com.
Shawn Johnson, owner/brewmaster, continues his brewing relationship with Thomas Creek Brewing,
where the bottling took place, until next year when his newly leased
facility will take shape. He gave me a heads up about a bottle share and
BFS beer drinking opportunity that will happen early next year, perhaps
mid-January, as a fund raiser and an only opportunity for the public to
see the space before actual construction begins. Watch THIS space for
further details as they become available.
Catch the action below:
That's the process, a table-top operation in this instance. Haven't opened the bottle Shawn gave me yet, but I'll post tasting notes when I do.