Tag Archives: craft brew

Women Collaborating in the Name of Beer

Confession: I’ve been on multiple tours of the new brewery at Pale Fire and I haven’t learned nit about brewing. Most likely because a toddler was wedging matchbox cars into my ear holes or needing a diaper change or having a meltdown or all three things at the same time. My long gone days at Calhoun’s Brewing, where I know I was taught about brewing, are now forgotten. But thanks to a day spent brewing with Mary Morgan (home brewer, science teacher, gardener, and most importantly, brewmaster) I finally think I know what’s going on! I won’t get into the details  of brewing below; there are so many places you can learn about that. Susan Keeler of Pale Fire Brewing Co recommends The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by  Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune. I will however, be happy to tell you about a particularly awesome day spent with a group of craft beer pros who all happen to be women.

Cheers,

Kelly, realbeerwife

Pale Fire ladies about to mash in!!!
Pale Fire ladies about to mash in!!!

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Rocktown Food: Virginia’s First Culinary District

You are going to want this book!

Rocktown Food Cover from Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
Rocktown Food Cover from Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Creatively and lovingly crafted by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance with Brandy Somers, Lynda Bostrom and Kirsten Palmer this book will contain all sorts of food articles about Harrisonburg, VA; including the stories about the people behind the great craft beer here in the friendly city. Continue reading Rocktown Food: Virginia’s First Culinary District

so… how was the Fall ’15 edition of Rocktown Beer & Music Festival?

it was SO effing good…

Save the date for April 25th, 2015… When we celebrate 5 YEARS of Rocktown Beer & Music Festival and we WILL be back in the Fall too: Sept 26th, 2015

And email kelly@rocktownfestival.com if you would like to volunBEER!

if you need us we’ll be conducting meetings and taste testing on the front porch

Happy American Craft Beer Week!

Pale Fire Brewing Company Coming Soon To An Ice House Near You

So our name dropped a few weeks ago and life’s been nuts. Tim and I traveled to Albuquerque, NM to visit family [and snuck in a trip to Marble Brewing and caught a Neutral Milk Hotel show]; put on an amazing party for 3,000 craft beer fans at Rocktown Beer and Music Festival; Tim’s business partner, Jamie Long moved back to town and conveniently right across the street from our place; and we have been conducting numerous business meetings while drinking craft beer on the front porch. All while keeping our day jobs and raising a toddler.

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365 Updates – Day 59 to Day 75

02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall 02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall
02.28.14 – 59/365 – city hall
Down at the municipal building for paperwork. We love the friendly city and it’s awesome they support local business growth right back. We made the local paper too! DNR headline reads “Brewery Gets Boost From City”
3.1.14 - 60/365 - cellar dinner After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn't keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
3.1.14 – 60/365 – cellar dinner
After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn’t keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
03.02.14 - 61/365 - kitten All curled up in a sunny window
03.02.14 – 61/365 – kitten
All curled up in a sunny window
03.03.14 - 62/365 - not impressed Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.
03.03.14 – 62/365 – not impressed
Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.

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01.21.14 – 21/365 – snowing in Jack Town

We had a wonderful snowy day and with a grandpa in town, it was perfect timing for us to both be able to attend Left Hand Brewing Company‘s Tap Take Over at Billy Jacks Wing and Draft Shack and Jack Brown’s Joint.

01.21.14 - 21 - snowing in Jacktown
01.21.14 – 21 – snowing in Jacktown

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