Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Free Beer Barresl? Yes!

Before rushing off to WI, you should know that Octopi is home to Untitled Art brewing so possibly some of these barrels have been part of their aging program. Waunakee is very near Madison.


THEY’RE BACK! Now until they’re gone: spend $100 online or in person on any combination of beer, food and merchandise and receive one FREE. All you have to do is make a note of it on your online order or tell us in person that you’re interested in one of these beautiful barrels
**Please note, these barrels are heavy and may contain remnants of beer, please bring a friend to help you load it into your vehicle if you need assistance:

Cheers and good luck!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

D9 Brewing Open In Hendersonville

 Just a FYI:

 A new brewery in Hendersonvill, SC, is open. By my count, that's 6 breweries now!

Details here:



Monday, July 12, 2021

New Groove Crispifest Update


Crispifest is now in the history books, probably under the heading, "Best First-Time Events" cause that was the case. Mostly lagers with a few IPAs and Stouts thrown in just to keep one's palate entertained. Still going through my notes, but here are some glimpses of various activities during the Fest hours. 
Was a hot day so a few folks found relief by splashing in a convenient (if small) pool that was handy. Adam Willier broke the ice, so to speak which led to MiMi Medlin joining in. 
Add their experience as another reason to put this event on next year's calendar. Josh Dodson and Jonathan Duke assured me that this event will be repeated!! 
A Crispi Cheers, everyone!

 Crispi Cheers!

Candy Camper A Prize From Sycamore Brewing #CandyCamperContest

 Sycamore came to town to take over taps at Community Tap and brought along this amazingly compact little camper/trailer which will be given away as the prize in a competition for best video using this hashtag: #CandyCamperContest

 So of course, the Brew Crew offered these submissions, total winners both!



Crispi-Boi Festival

Saturday was the first-ever Crispi Fest at New Groove Artisan Brewery and it was a grand time for all attendees, hot temps not withstanding. 

I’m currently editing photos and consulting my notes to better explain why it was such a special, much appreciated in-person festival. I’ll also explain this photo:




Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fire Forge Celebrated 3rd Anniversary!


Today could be a good day to start planning your weekend craft beer activities. Here's one that I'll be adding to my to-do list.
Fireforge Crafted Beer is having a 3rd Anniversary party this weekend which will include new releases of beer, music, food, beer and more beer. My kind of schedule.
Ran across couple of photos from their opening day back in 2018, June 13 to be exact. Brian Cendrowski, Ken and Nicole Zokan Cendrowski have made FF one of the top players (and Award winners) in the GVille beer community today. Congratulations and see ya Friday! And Saturday.

Cheers and see ya there!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Friends at Fullsteam Brewing

 Had an opportunity last week to stop by Fullsteam Brewing in Durham, NC, and say hello to former Greenville Brew-Gal, Hannah Parris, who is the lead brewer there. She brewed this delicious NEIPA, White Lily, which unfortunately is not currently available in SC ('Cept at my house). Well done, Hannah!!




Monday, March 29, 2021

New SC Breweries


As since we seem to be on a new brewery theme, here's another one rapidly working on completion down in Orange Land, aka Clemson.
And when Magnetic South opens, the route along I-85 will get you to Carolina Baurenhaus and Golden Grove too! Making the trip to GA better, one brewery at a time!


Think Tank Brew Lab Opens Its Doors


Think Tank Brew Lab update:
In the interest of clarifying their opening schedule, I visited Brewer/Owner Ryan Kurlfink and wife Julie at the brewery where I learned that they are prepared to open any day now, but, as frequently happens to startup breweries, some unexpected circumstances created delays, including City permit issues. Ryan is confident that those issues will be quickly resolved and his doors will soon open for eager folks wanting to try his five beers (for now) on tap. 
Fortunately I was able to sample his beers and was very impressed, especially since they are all first runs. All but one were sessionable, consistent with his goal of keeping the ABV low and flavors high. I thought the Porter was a stand out for the style and his Pale has one of the hoppiest finishes I've had in a long time. And I expect his Belgian Golden Strong to be a crowd pleaser as well.
While we're hoping that any final hurdles are promptly overcome, here are a few snaps of the facility so you'll know what to expect upon entering the place:


Monday, March 1, 2021

Critical Research (Traveling during COVID)

Despite some inconveniences due to C-19 restrictions, research must continue so a recent road trip to BiloxiMS, with a side trip to New Orleans offered the opportunity to indulge.

The route took us through Montgomery, AL, which has an active downtown area near the river, important historical museums and civil rights monuments and, of course, a brewery, Common Bond Brewers. I can truthfully state that it's Montgomery's best brewery! Due to some signage issues and location glitches, it can be a little difficult to find, on the first try anyway. But find it we did, which led to some a tasting of several excellent beers, thanks to the headbrewer, Andrew McNally. Coming over to our table to chat (masked all the while) his passion and enjoyment of the brewing experience was quickly evident. Like many brewers these days who began as a home brewer, his interest in getting more beers out to more and more people led him to create this, his first, brick and mortar venue.  Side note: he knows Greenville well, having gotten a Chemical Engineering degree from Clemson and is familiar with some of our more recent breweries.

Here's a link to their beer lineup and also some research pix taken during the visit:


Next up, Biloxi area breweries!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Brewery Canning Line Scales Up!


So, you’re a successful brewery (so far) with demand for your beers such that your very busy canning line is about maxed out. Time to scale up.
Here’s a little device that might be just what you need. 1900-2200 cpm. Stunning, no? Made by Krones. You’re welcome.

Friday, January 8, 2021

GVL's Newest Brewery Opens: Southernside Brewing Co.



What you’re looking at is the beer list and drinks menu from the just-opened Southernside Brewing Co. (owner/manager Nate Tomforde behind bar). All their own beers, brewed by Kenny Driggers, and all that I and wingman
Bob Muller
tried were solid, well made, especially for being first runs. I’ll have more details about the beer and the food (yum) when I finish editing photos.
Oh, they officially open today at 4pm.
Take a look, some location photos below.