farm to glass

So there are a number of breweries that are producing small batches from locally sourced ingredients.  Arguably one of the best in the country is located in Minnesota.  They are not only sourcing locally, they are often growing their own!  The quote below is directly from the website.

“You’d be surprised what you can get done locally.  We truly believe that you can and should source as much as you can locally.  That’s why we grow our own hops.  Eleven different varieties grow mere feet from our front door.  That’s why we grow and malt our own two-row barley.  We believe that when breweries take responsibility for their beer, from grain to glass, not only is the quality better, but we begin to produce unique, fun beers distinct to region.

We constantly seek out other small producers in which to collaborate.  From small town distilleries for barrels, to nano coffee roasters for beans, we pride ourselves on finding friends in rural places.

We believe that no town or region should be without a local brewery, regardless of size.  We also feel that it’s important to get to know your brewer.

Beer is not just a drink, it’s an experience.”

Unfortunately I do not get up in that neck of the woods often, but one of the folks here at work does.  Last time she brought down some nectar of the gods (beer to the rest of us) that is locally known as Moo Joos. With that kind of name for a Milk Stout you can hardly go wrong.

Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing

This one pours out a dark brown with a tall very tan head that left spotty lacing.  It had notes of milk chocolate, molasses, mocha latte, roasted pecans, and dark fruit.  It has a creamy, silky sweet finish with medium mouth feel, moderate carbonation and a touch of dryness at the end.  

This is really good.  It is an excellent example of farm to glass producing a very superior product. The lactose sugars and oatmeal are very strong contenders in the battle for your taste buds, while the alcohol is comparatively light for a stout.  Very sessionable for the style.  I hope that I will be able to get more in the future.  Time to send somebody back to Minnesota!

Milk - Sweet Stout | 5.80% ABV


Tiny feet around the world

Dean is not one of those famous people perpetually posting selfies: sometimes he prefers a more unassuming alternative.

Therefore, be it Converse shoes, or woolly socks, not to mention his lately purchased brown boots, Dean posts his (short) feet to tell us what he is doing, or if he has arrived.

From Nepal, to Frankfurt, from his Auckland house to his Waitoki farm, enjoying a glass of Sauvignon or  the warmth of a fireplace, alone in the frame or with Batman, lying on the grass or on a nice bed….

It has become a kind of private joke between him, and us.

via Dean O’Gorman’s instagram and Twitter