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.
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“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.”
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.
“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.