Before we get into random ramblings about life at Horse & Dragon, let's talk beer. We're playing some with it, which is, as you might imagine, fun. Linsey brewed up a Dusseldorf altbier with Ryan Kopp of Pueblo's Steel City Brewers club for a pro-am entry at GABF this year.
Ryan brewed a batch that Linsey thought was terrific for a homebrewing competition and the two of them have worked their magic to replicate this delicious German amber. It's bubbling away happily in a fermenter right now (making a noise which I still avow is one of the best in the world):
There're a couple of new brews in process and a pin and firkin in the big 'fridge with interesting ingredients that should provide a flavor sensation or two. We'll be announcing on our FB page when we're tapping those, but for sure mark your calendars for July 23, 12-6, when one will be making an appearance on the dragon bar in the taproom for our First Annual Habitation Day Celebration.
Meeting people in the taproom and around town at the great craft beer bars & restaurants of FoCo has been terrific. The number of people beercationing through Fort Collins who manage to find us tucked away back here on the airpark is a bit astounding. Although most afternoons 12-4 looks like this:
CRAFT BEER FOLK IS GOOD FOLK.
As well, craft beer taprooms can be pretty magical places.
We've had some brewers and brewing teams stop in, which we love. e.g.: a couple of Left Hand Brewing Co. sets (missed a photo of the brew team -- sorry!):
Linsey did this:
We sold out of growlers for a minute there -- big no-no for those of us who love the growler culture -- and got some more in; we received some other fun merchandise that included Silipints -- awesome silicone pint "glasses" that travel anywhere, are almost indestructible, will hold your coffee in the morning and your #freshtastycraft beer in the afternoon (keeping it shaded so as not to let it skunk), and that really do keep your beer colder – but only if it takes you an hour to drink a beer (?!).
Next up: commissioning those 30 bbl fermenters, heading to Beer Camp Across America (Rocky Mountain Region) on July 25, a beer dinner or two, celebrating Habitation Day, and trying to keep our feet under us.
We'll do laundry next year.