15 September 2014

Before CANvitational, get to know Sierra Nevada!


Sierra Nevada is joining us for CANvitational once again. We're sure there is no need for an introduction. We've been enjoying their beers for quite some time, and they have a passion for beer that keeps us coming back for more! They'll feature their Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA at CANvitational.

Head brewer, Terence Sullivan, answered a few questions for us so you could get to know them a little better.

1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? 
Hippie Music. 
2. What's your brewing mission...what are you trying to accomplish with your beer? 
 Quality, Quality, Quality… And throw in some consistency.
3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day? 

Brewers Dozen (13)
4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? 

Fresh Local Beer, Sours… Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, then I would be telling Ken Grossman what to do.
5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day at the brewery? 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
6. Anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your company? 

We produce/harvest ~70% of all our energy needs from the Sun.




What is Canvitational? The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.

13 September 2014

Before CANvitational, get to know WISEACRE Brewing Co.!

WISEACRE Brewing Company is joining us for CANvitational this year! Brothers Davin & Kellan Bartosch have been on an extensive quest procuring top-notch experience from around the globe to deliver the best brewery possible in their groovy hometown of Memphis, TN. The brewery name comes from a term of endearment/scolding their grandmother used on the young troublemakers. So cute.


You can look forward to enjoying the following WISEACRE beers at this year's CANvitational: 
  • Tiny Bomb, American Pilsner
  • Ananda, IPA
  • Tarasque, Saison
We asked the Brewmaster, Davin Bartosch, the following questions so you could get to know them better. 

1. What music is usually playing on the brew deck?  

All kinds of stuff.  60's and 70's country, Metallica, Memphis rap, occasionally Katy Perry.

2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

Our mission is to educate. Helping people understand good beer and understand that there is some beer for everybody.  Also, its vital that people don't get too fussy about beer.  We worry about beer all day long.  But not everyone needs to do that.  Sometimes you just need to poke a hole in that precious IPA and drink it in one gulp. If its that kind of day.  Of course, we will always be willing to wax philosophically about the particular characteristics of hops and yeast strains and do some "beer matching."

3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?  

3 usually.  Sometimes it swells to 4 in the winter.

4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why?

I love Gossamer from Half Acre.  I love Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I am so glad that it is so accessible. Here are some other beers we love.  http://wiseacrebrew.com/culture/meet-the-team/  I don't wish I came up with any beers.  But I am glad that we have such a long history of brewing and so many pioneers (Sierra Nevada) who came before us.

5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing?

Tiny Bomb.  

6.  Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and/or your company?

http://wiseacrebrew.com/culture/our-journey/  I think this map says a lot of what I would like folks to know about us. Mostly that we really took our time doing this and gathered lots of experience all over the place.  Its been an awesome 1st year!

Sun King Brewing's CANvitational is on Saturday, September 20! Purchase your tickets before 9/20 to receive a $10 discount.

12 September 2014

Before Canvitational, get to know Piney River Brewing!

We are pleased to have Piney River Brewing join us for Canvitational this year. Joleen and Brian Durham founded the brewery in 2010 in South Central Missouri. It started as a nano brewery (in a barn!) and has grown quickly. Their award winning beer is only distributed in Missouri and Arkansas, make sure you stop by to sample their brews and say hello!

Get to know Piney River Brewing:



1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? 
We listen to a WIDE range of music from Led Zeppelin to Nickel Creek. There's really no telling what you might hear playing in the brewery on any day, but I know Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jack White, Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers have their very own pre-programmed Pandora stations.
2. What's your brewing mission...what are you trying to accomplish with your beer? 
 Our mission is to make high quality craft beer that celebrates the Ozarks.
3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day? 
Everyone has a beard with differing density and location depending...
4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? 
We enjoy almost all well crafted beers--enjoying each for its own style. We love our hops, and we've got quite a few sours in our cellar right now.
5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day at the brewery? 
Bronzeback Pale Ale
6. Anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your company? 
Joleen & Brian Durham founded Piney River Brewing in 2010 in a 75 year old barn on our farm. We were homebrewers that loved local craft beer. We started out brewing on a 10-gallon system and grew to a 7-barrel brewhouse and related equipment in 2011. We were also the first microbrewery in Missouri to can our beer at our brewery (in November 2011); since we are in the heart of the Ozarks, we have always been committed to brewing beer that was portable in nature. Piney River Brewing has been growing rapidly since the brewery's inception. We won a gold medal for our Old Tom Porter at the GABF in 2013 and a Gold for our Float Trip Ale at the World Beer Cup in 2014 (both will be poured at Canvitational). We are planning to at least double our production capacity in 2015 with a new brewhouse and related equipment. Our goal remains to continue to brew great craft beer in the Ozarks.


What is Canvitational? The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.