December 1, 2013
Big week ahead here and a great time to be drinking beer at the brewery.
Here are a bunch of updates:
We just put a new Pale Ale on tap and it’s drinking mighty fine. ”Questionable Origins #2″ features heavy doses of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. The beer itself gives off huge aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruit. We threw in some Centennial and Sterling hops for added floral, spice, and citrus notes.
This Taco Tuesday, December 3rd is the release of our first collaboration beer… Taco Hands IPA! The details on this beer are listed below. It tastes fantastic out of the fermenter and we’re really proud of it. You weren’t afraid of the dank… don’t be afraid of this beer either.
Yesterday we brewed “Cage Free IPA.” A beer whose hops were never restricted in a small cage. If hops ate grass, this beer would be grass fed. If hops roamed on the range, this beer would be free range. This IPA is loaded with New Zealand Motueka (lime/citrus), Amarillo (piney orange) and some Simcoe hops because we just can’t do without them. This beer should show off some really bright citrus notes and be available for growler fills and pints around December 18th just in time for Christmas. It’s kind of like an Imperial version of Daphne (if you liked the hop flavors in that beer). As always, we will fill any non-clear growler that is 750ml, 1L, 64oz, or 2L in size. It also must be clean but you’d want that anyways.
We put our first beer into barrels last week… “Into the Vastness of Space” is an Imperial Stout that will sit in freshly emptied Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels for close to a year. Word on the street is that it’ll be out in time for our 1st Anniversary.
Lastly, this week we expect to receive a palette of 750ml bottles for our first bottled beer. ”Jezebel” is the Brett fermented Saison that has been patiently sitting in one of our fermentation tanks for about 6 weeks. We plan to let it condition for a few months in bottle and then be ready for release during this crazy time known as “SF Beer Week” during the first week of February. Details to follow…
Novemeber 21, 2013
As you may have heard we just brewed a collaboration beer with Tired Hands Brewing Company. It all started as a joke that an exhausted, slightly hungover Tim, Kelly and Connor came up with on the way back to Boston from Hill Farmstead. The subject of funny beer names came up and someone, they’re not really sure who, said it would be hilarious if Tired Hands brewed a beer called “Taco Hands.” Taco hands is the state of having taco smelling hands for hours after eating tacos no matter how much rigorous scrubbing they see. This silly joke kept them roaring for hours (they were deliriously tired).
Fast forward a few months. Jean from Tired Hands was texting Tim and asking how Cellarmaker was doing. After bringing each other up to date on their respective projects, Tim made mention of the Taco Hands concept, presenting it as a joke beer Jean should brew. If you know Jean he has a proclivity for using spices in beers, so this joke instantly sparked his imagination. A fury of texts back and forth outlined the skeleton of a taco inspired beer. It was too good. Jean said he and his wife Julie were buying plane tickets for California. This was a joke no more.
On Friday Novemeber 15, Cellarmaker and Tired Hands brewed Taco Hands. So what is it? Well it’s a conceptual beer inspired by the king of street food. The base recipe is an IPA with a significant portion of corn in the form of flaked maize and taco shells. It is spiced with cumin, corriander, black pepper, sea salt, pasilla chiles, cilantro and the zest and juice of 140 limes. For hops we chose Citra and New Zealand Motueka to complement the floral, spicy, citrusy aspects of the beer.
We plan to release the beer on Dec. 3, Taco Tuesday. Expect a taco truck out front and a limited number of Taco Hands t-shirts drawn and designed by Tim and Jean on sale. Check out the video below to get a closer look at the brew day.
November 18, 2013
Come join us Wednesday at Beer Revolution in Oakland for our ye ol’ Meet the Brewers Night. Connor and Tim will be slapping high fives all night long as you guys enjoys Daphne, Hop Slangin’, Coquette, Moonage Daydream, and our newest beers, Hop Killah and Are You Afraid of the Dank??? Let’s do this.
November 17, 2013
We have changed our Sunday hours from 2pm to 8pm, just so everyone knows. Cheers!
November 14, 2013
Today we released two new beers.
First, “Hop Killah” is a strong but super drinkable 7.2% abv IPA with Citra and Simcoe hops.
Second, “Are You Afraid of the Dank??” is a tropical, melony, blueberry dank Double IPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, and Zeus hops. It comes in at 8.5% abv.
Also, we are excited to announce our first ever collaboration brew with Tired Hands Brewing Company out of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The collaboration will happen tomorrow, Friday, November 15th, and will be a taco inspired spiced IPA called “Taco Hands.” It will have taco shells in the mash, cumin, coriander, sea salt, black pepper, lime zest and juice in the boil. It also has a significant proportion of corn in the grist as well as a sizable hopping of Citra and Motueka!
Look for it in a couple of weeks.
Hope you guys are having as much fun as us. Cheers!
November 7, 2013
Tomorrow, Friday, the 8th of November, we will be releasing our all Galaxy hops extra pale ale, Moonage Daydream. Read about it here. Also, we will be featuring Doc’s of the Bay as our weekly Friday foodtruck. Come enjoy their comforting burgers and sandwiches while washing it down with your favorite Cellarmaker brew. Cheers!
October 16, 2013
Quick status update: Thanks for the great response to our beers thus far. We have enjoyed serving all of you and look forward to return visits as well as new visitors. We are very happy to bring lots of light and life to a stretch of Howard Street that has previously been under-frequented up until now. We love this neighborhood.
We’ve got some really exciting beers on the way. Our first belgian beer – a Grisette (low-alcohol wheat heavy Saison) called “Coquette” will be available starting Friday afternoon around 5pm. A new batch of Hop Slangin’ IPA will go on as well.
Yesterday we brewed a monster Saison that should end up in the high 7% range. We are fermenting it with the Dupont Saison Yeast as well as Brettanomyces Drei. Some will be wine-barrel aged, some will be stainless steel finished and some may see some fruit…! This should be our first beer to go into bottles sometime in about 5-8 months. You never know on the finishing time with Brett beers, the beer tells us when it’s done…not the other way around. This will be the first beer in our “Funk Art” Series. We are super excited about it.
Tomorrow we’ll be brewing a dry-hopped Blonde Ale with Motueka and Amarillo hops; this will be highly aromatic, fruity (from the hops – no fruit added) and extremely drinkable (read: crushable). Also we will brew our first Double IPA: “Are You Afraid of the Dank.” A style we all know and love… It will be hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennial and a touch of Amarillo. I’m starting to get thirsty.
Update on our Growler Policy: Yes, we are willing to fill any amber colored growler in 750ml, 1L, 64oz and 2L formats. For legality’s sake, we do need to obscure all labeling of any other brewery on the growlers you may bring in. This is not meant as disrespect towards any other brewery, we respect all other breweries. We are merely trying to be as forward as possible with this policy, plus the whole point of growlers is for them to be reusable, not to buy and own 10+ growlers (rent in SF is expensive!). Please respect our wishes to not fill clear growlers, ball jars, 3L growlers or anything else like that. The choice for amber glass is the simple fact that beer gets skunked very very fast in clear glass. We don’t want any of you drinking skunked beer. That’s just not fun.
Lastly: We will do our best to update the “Where to Drink” Section – our first accounts have just been posted there. Note that these are bars and restaurants that have kegs of our beers – Not sure if they have the keg currently on, have killed the keg, or have it on deck. Will do our best with this info.
Connor + The Cellarmaker Team
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