Tag Archives: craft brewery

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!

Brewer Q&A at Harrisonburg ‘From Grain to Growler’ viewing

“Last Thursday, Court Square Theater presented “From Grain to Growler,” a short documentary about craft beer in Virginia. Following the film, Lauren Berry of downtwon’s Midtowne Market & Bottle Shop interviewed Sean Pumphrey of Lickinghole Creek Brewery, Adam Shifflett of Three Brothers Brewing, Hunter Smith of Champion Brewing Company and Jamie Long and Tim Brady of Pale Fire Ale. The audience also had a chance to ask the panelists questions.”

via Best craft beer brewers in the Valley – The Breeze: Life by Joanna Morelli

Henrico County, VA creates documentary on the James River Steam Brewery

A son of Yuengling, spooky caves, post Civil War boom, steam punks, fire devastation and craft beer…

You never know what you will dig up on Instagram… well you know you’ll get puppies, babies, selfies and what your friends are eating. But it has also become a really great way to network with craft beer people and hear about what is happening all over the state of Virginia.

vintage_rva has been a great follow, with beautiful photos of nature and city life in Richmond and other parts of the state. He also seems to be a craft beer lover and has posted several eerily cool and mysterious black and white photos of the ruins of the James River Steam Brewery caves.

He shared on Instagram that some of his photos were being used in this documentary created by Henrico County:

Frozen in Time: The Ruins of the James River Steam Brewery – May 20th, 2014.

This documentary will be airing on local channels in Richmond next week or you can watch it at the link.  It has a running time of just over 20 minutes and while it initially feels a little like the movies you had to watch on the 4th grade field trip to the local museum… BUT stick it out, it’s an interesting story with lots of great insight from historians, preservationists and architects.  It’s crazy to hear about the scale of the place… 400 barrels a day, a huge capacity for production, even by today’s standards. Sounds like Henrico County has some plans for development opportunities that will bring the ruins back to life.

Check it out and follow vintage_rva on instagram! And more insider reporting here complete with spelunking :

HOLMBERG: Deep-down RVA – a new life for 145-year-old underground beer vaults? | WTVR.com.

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.

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

Brewers & Farmers Need Your Support

My husband Tim already said it best, here are his thoughts on this important petition:

Prevent the FDA from interfering with the Economically beneficial symbiotic relationship between Brewer and The Farmer. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government.

“Folks, if you have a second, sign this petition and help out craft brewers and farmers everywhere! Here are the details…

Breweries around the world have had a symbiotic relationship with farmers for generations. The breweries give farmers their grain after they are done with it in the brewing process and the farmers feed it to their livestock. It’s a safe, nutritious, and free food source for the farmers and the breweries don’t have to pay a waste management service to remove the grain from their premises (it’d most likely end up in a landfill in this scenario).

The FDA is currently considering regulations to end this practice. It’d hurt the farmers and breweries everywhere if they do. Smaller craft breweries and startups would be disproportionately harmed since the cost of removal would be harder for them to bare.

A petition just started circulating to get the regulation reviewed by the White House. It took 3 minutes to sign it digitally. All they asked for was name, email and zip code.”

I hope you will take a minute to sign this, it is important here in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.  Especially as craft breweries grow across the nation.  Let’s not see valuable grains end up in a landfill.

Sign the Petition Here:

Prevent the FDA from interfering with the Economically beneficial symbiotic relationship between Brewer and The Farmer. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government.

Read the FDA proposed rule:

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) > FSMA Proposed Rule to Establish Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.

Read more articles:

This Obscure Ag Rule Could Hurt Your Favorite Craft Brewery | TakePart.

The FDA Is Ready to Dump on Craft Brewers | The Motley Fool 

CO Craft Breweries Enlist Vulnerable U.S. Senator in Pushback on Spent Grains | Food Safety News.