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Pacific Brewing Laboratory Video

Pacific Brewing Laboratory

Pacific Brewing Laboratory, better known as Pac Brew Lab, started life as a microbrewery out of San Francisco, where brewers Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn would experiment with new beer flavors, styles, and brewing techniques in their garage/laboratory.

Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn

From their start in 2009, when Bryan and Patrick would give away their beer to a handful close friends, they quickly expanded, and are now running bi-monthly, totally free event with hundreds of new friends, along with a sampling of great local street food vendors.

Pac Brew Lab Event

Patrick and Bryan brew small batches that allow them to focus on constant experimentation, and they have been known to create exotic beer styles such as their Hibiscus Saison, Squid Ink Black IPA, Chamomile Ale, Lemongrass IPA, and Szechwan Peppercorn Red ale. Their ongoing offering includes Squid Ink, the India black ale, and Nautilus, the hibiscus saison, and their beers are now available in more than 60 Bay Area locations.

Pac Brew Lab was recently featured in a new video series called Meet the Makers, which gives a closer look at this unique brewing duo and the laboratory they’ve worked to create:

[Pacific Brewing Laboratory]

Brooklyn BrewShop Beer Making Book

Beer Making Book

If you’re looking to get into the hobby of homebrewing with a book that will walk you through the process from beginning to end, then check out the Beer Making Book from the Brooklyn BrewShop.

The book contains:

  • 52 Seasonal Beer Recipes, Including 4 Gluten-Free Recipes
  • Illustrated Step-by-Step Brewing and Bottling Instructions and Equipment Guide
  • 1 and 5 Gallon Variations for Any Kitchen
  • PLUS: Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Grow Hops, and More

The recipes are arranged according to the season, including Everyday IPA and Rose Cheeked & Blonde for spring; Grapefruit Honey Ale and S’More Beer for summer; Apple Crisp Ale and Peanut Butter Porter for fall; Chestnut Brown ale and Gingerbread Ale for winter.

According to the Brooklyn BrewShop, this book is for experienced and novice brewers, seasonally minded home cooks, DIY aficionados, and anyone who gets a kick out of saying “I made this!”, so if you find yourself in one of those categories, then maybe it’s time to give the Brew Making Book a shot.

[Brooklyn BrewShop – Beer Making Book]

Joe Wilson Designs Cans For 21st Amendment

Joe Wilson 21st Amendment Cans

In a recent interview with Wired, Joe Wilson, the British artist behind the eye-catching cans from 21st Amendment Brewery, talked about the process of creating his designs:

They asked me to create a series of images based around the loose theme ‘American icons’. They already had the names of the beers, so this was a case of coming up with American subject matter and giving it a twist.

21st Amendment’s marketing firm, TBD Agency, came up with the visual concepts, packaging designs and rough sketches, and then handed them off to Joe for the final design.

Above all the work had to be original and stand out on the shelves. The feedback has been great, with people buying this stuff just for the way it looked.

The end result is a fantastic series of icons, including Paul Revere for Back in Black, their black IPA, Abe Lincoln and his Mount Rushmore companions for Brew Free or Die IPA, the Statue of Liberty for Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer, and Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Fireside Chat winter spiced ale.

For more before and after images of Joe’s work, be sure to check out the post on Wired.

[Wired – Chimp Astronaut Spaces Out in 21st Amendment Brewery’s ‘American Icon’ Artwork]

Threadless Needs A Label For Their IPA

Threadless IPA

In August, Brew Review covered the release of the Threadless IPA, brewed by Finch’s Beer Co.

Well now they’re looking for help with the label, because they’ve decided to take it out of the keg and distribute it across Chicago in cans. (Finch’s preferred distribution method.)

Earlier this year, Finch’s Beer Company brewed us our very own piney, hoppy, 6% ABV India Pale Ale. Many happy hours after our first taste of Threadless IPA, we decided we can no longer keep this delicious beer to ourselves. It’s time to spread the consumption and enjoyation of Threadless IPA to more craft beer lovers. Finch’s is ready to send Threadless IPA through their canning lines and distribute it across Chicagoland. But they can’t because they don’t have art for the cans!

Threadless selects winners by popular vote, so even if you can’t tell the difference between Photoshop and MS Paint, you can still get involved in the action by voting for your favorites.

The winner gets $1000 cash, a fancy display case to show off your can design, and a buncha Finch’s swag, plus mad respect from anyone that buys the beer, so head on over to Threadless for full details on how to enter the contest.

[Threadless – Threadless IPA Beer Can Design Challenge]