Y'all! Just coming up for air to get a few notes out from the beer farm so you don't think we washed away!! 4 inches of rain in ONE NIGHT?! It must be May in Arkansas......
Where to start?! Since we last posted.....
Well, Cinco de Mayo was a blast! We had a great turnout....we estimated about 250 people came out that day to enjoy some music, sun, tacos and beer! Compared to our usual 50 or so that was quite a day! It was everything we hoped for and more! Perfect weather, great music, happy people.....WOO! Can't wait for the 2nd annual! A great time was had by all....we love our beer farm family!!
Speaking of family.....we had the pleasure of seeing our beautiful niece Kelsey graduate college in Fort Collins, CO on May 13th! She's quite the dynamo, and we sure couldn't be prouder! I think she had the biggest cheering section there! Her beau, Marcus, graduated too....what a great day for them! Now they're off in beautiful Hawaii, enjoying some MUCH needed decompression and relaxation. Hoping to get them out to the beer farm soon! Thanks to our trusty beer farm helpers Doug and Cass for manning and womaning the ship while we snuck away!
On our super speedy trek out there with Grandpa and Noah in tow, we managed to squeeze in a few visits with brew-folks....One of the best visits was getting the opportunity to meet some of our maltsters, Chris Schooley and Steve Clark of Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins, CO! They are a BIG part of our brewery, and the magical malts they craft give us the unique, amazing flavors we have grown to love! We got to see some wheat in its last stage of malting, and even got to bring home a bag of it along with the roasted version of it! Cannot WAIT to play with that one! We were so happy to be able to take a few minutes out and talk shop, geek out, put faces to names, and most importantly, share some beer! The artistry woven throughout their amazing product that only comes from in-depth, honest relationships with the farmers who grow the grains and the brewers who transform them into delicious beer is as clear as the Colorado blue sky. Chris and Steve are fantastic guys and we are one lucky beer farm to have artisan wizards like them in our corner!
Another highlight of our travels was a visit with the wonderful couple who built our brewery for us! Ruby Street Brewing is truly a one of a kind company and Brian and Bobbi are just some of the sweetest people you could ever meet! When I presented my challenges to Brian with gluten free brewing, (namely the tiny birdseed sized grains I use falling through the false bottom in my mash tun) he took it as a challenge and just built me a new one. Specifically for my needs, only in my brewery. Can you imagine?! Like all of our other partners, they are a small, family run business that hand crafts the awesome product they put out. We had the pleasure of sharing a beer with them that we brewed on the system they built....it was a great 'full circle' moment in these beer farmer's lives...one we are tremendously grateful for!
In other news.....we finally got our new sliding barn door style screen for the brewery! Local artist Patrick Voller delivered ***exactly*** what we wanted and we could not be happier! Check it out!
Last but not least....Prestonrose attended the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival Saturday May 20! Our trusty beer farm helpers, Doug and Cass, served up samples of beer, stories and smiles in the fun loving, friendly and informative style you've all grown to love (and we have too!!) We were sorry to miss it but we can't be in 2 places at once...and 700 tomato plants don't plant themselves in the greenhouse! We will all be at the next festival....Cottontown Brews Fest June 3rd!! The brewery will be closed for that special event, so get your tickets soon before they sell out!!