Draft Beer at Home

A neighbor of mine has a kegerator draft beer setup for corny kegs, and has been wanting an easy way to serve our beer at home. It took a little research, but we can now offer an easy and affordable way to serve our craft beer at home, even if your kegerator is setup for corny kegs.

Step one is to purchase a 1/6 barrel of our craft beer. Our beer is sold in recyclable PET plastic kegs, so no keg deposits, and no need to return the kegs - just recycle them like you would a pop bottle. The kegs are almost exactly the same size as corny kegs, and shipped to your door via UPS. Check out our available brews on our Shop tab above!

Step two is purchase the hardware to connect our Sanke kegs to the ball lock fittings used to connect to corny kegs. We sell a kit that includes the Sanke keg coupler plus two Sanke to ball lock adapters (gas in, beer out). The Sanke coupler screws onto our kegs, and the ball lock adapters screw onto the keg coupler and provide the same ball lock posts that are on your corny kegs.

Best of all, this setup doesn't require you to change the fittings in your kegerator or choose between hooking up commercial kegs or corny kegs. You can switch between them whenever you like.

Our kegs, keg coupler and adapters require a minimum height of 28 inches inside your kegerator. 

Real Ale in New Zealand

When you think of English ales, words that often come to mind are warm and flat. Turns out that neither is true.

Does this look flat to you?

Does this look flat to you?

My favorite pint of ale in New Zealand was an cask conditioned ESB from Townshend Brewery, on tap at the Free House. I saw a pint on it's way to a nearby table, and was amazed by the thick rich head and the way the carbonation gradually settled up towards the top leaving a crystal clear brew at the bottom. I immediately asked what it was and ordered one. The Free House reserves a few taps for real ales such as this, and they serve them at cellar temperature (approx 55 deg) using a hand pulled Beer Engine. 

Because real ales are cask conditioned rather than force carbonated, they do have less dissolved CO2, but the beer isn't flat. It holds less CO2 in solution because it isn't served as cold as we are used to in the US, but I found it to be sufficiently carbonated with a thick creamy head that was stunning. At cellar temperature, the flavors of the beer come through more. Not a good thing if you're drinking a mass produced lager, but great if you're drinking a quality craft beer.

It got me thinking about offering an English style ale or two served with a beer engine in my future tasting room. 

Kiwi Beer

I've been doing a little hard work on vacation researching beer in New Zealand. I'm happy to report that so far it's been very good on the whole and occasionally excellent. For example, I recently ordered a flight at the Free House in Nelson, and one beer in particular stood out.

Renaissance Brewing in Blenheim produces a Chocolate Stout with cacao nibs. The flavor and aroma were amazing. Very smooth and aromatic. Looking forward to experimenting with cacao stout.

Recyclable Kegs--Keggers/Home Draft Systems Made Easy!

We are preparing our new recyclable kegs for sale! We wanted a way for individuals to be able to buy delicious craft beer, at a reasonable price, with none of the regular hassles of renting a keg. With these PET recyclable kegs, they are like huge pop bottles--100% recyclable. No need to put down a deposit, or return the keg! Simply put in the recycling bin afterwards. You can order everything you need, including the party pump, from the website, or rent that piece from your local liquor store. 


The Goldfish Tavern is Rising from the Ashes!

The Goldfish Tavern in Ruston is about to re-open as the Defiant Goldfish Bar & Bistro. Finishing touches are being added, and the grand re-opening is set for this coming Tuesday, July 20. They will have 10 taps serving hand selected beer, including my Cherrywood Smoked Porter.

One thing I really like about the new owners is their commitment to local craft beer. Not everyone shares that commitment. It can take a lot of work to hand pick the brews you want to serve your customers.

I can't wait to check out the Defiant Goldfish!

New Yeast for Aroma Therapy IPA

What a difference yeast can make! I tried a new strain of yeast, and so far I really like the results. It ferments more of the sugars - the beer has a lighter body, less residual sugar and more alcohol. This particular yeast strain also produces a thicker, creamier head. It looks great in a pint glass.

Because it has a drier finish, the hop bitterness is more noticeable. I'll be looking for customer feedback to see if the extra bitterness is a good thing, or if I need to adjust the IBU's. I'll have the new IPA at the Farmers Market this coming Saturday for tastes and growler fills.