Friday, January 08, 2010

Cigar City Brew News

Tasting Room Hours, Doug's Travels, Hunahpu's Imperial Stout Update

The Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room and Beer Shine will be operating normal hours this week. Those hours being Wednesday thru Friday from 11 AM till 5 PM. However next week, starting Friday at 6 PM, we plan on throwing a mini-grand re-opening complete with a few barrel-aged brews (Marshal Zhukov's in both Brandy and Bourbon barrel versions) available on draft only, sorry no growlers. The reason for the celebration is that we will officially be expanding our hours. Starting next week the new Tasting Room and Beer Shrine hours will be:

Wednesday 11 AM till 5 PM
Thursday 11 AM till 5 PM
Friday 11 AM till 11 PM!
Saturday 11 AM till 11 PM!

We may expand our operating hours on additional weekdays. But that depends solely on customer demand. For now we hope this will allow the many 9 to 5 ers who have had difficulty getting to the brewery during normal business hours to finally be able to stop in. And yes we are serving pints on premises now!

In other news...

Doug our Production Manager/Assistant Brewer and Head Tinkerer traveled clear across the country to Pasco, Washington yesterday to get trained on our new 12 oz bottling machine. If you happen to find yourself anywhere near Ice Harbor Brewing in Pasco stop in and say hi to Doug. Until Doug gets back I'll regale you with a few of his text updates:
Doug: WOOOO HAWKS!!!!! Flight delayed, got to watch the whole game (Doug is from Iowa and for some reason ok with that fact)
Doug: It's a long freaking day, but it's been smooth, got everything set for tomorrow
Doug: They lost my bag, I'm exhausted and staying at some labrynth of a hotel. Bottling sucks.

In still other segues news...

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout is scheduled for a March 12th release date. And we are pleased to say everything is going mostly to schedule. The 40 lbs of raw cacao we ordered were delayed a day, but our favorite produce seller, Dan The Cheese Man came through (like he always does) on the Ancho and Pasilla Chiles, Cinamon and Vanilla. We got in 5 bags of chiles that were literally the size of pillows!

All 30 bbls of the base Imperial Stout will be moved onto the treatment today and we are still on schedule to bottle Hunahpu's Imperial Stout this month which will give it a full month to condition in the bottle.

That is all for now. I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year!


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