The flowers are beginning to bloom and the weather is finally perfect for having a cold, refreshing beer outside. In April, we invite you to come drink on our front porch and we challenge you to try a North Carolina brew that you’ve never tried before. The reason being is that April is NC beer month! Turn to page 6 for a partial listing of events or go to www.ncbeermonth.com. In April’s newsletter, we highlight the short glycol run draft system we installed for Salisbury’s first brewery, New Sarum Brewing Company. Make sure to mark your calendars for their grand opening party on April 16th! Cheers & beers, ~ the Crafty Family 2nd 2nd 5th 6th Spring Fling Wine-Stravaganza Sensory Session – Yeast Beer Tasting – Mother Earth Wine Tasting – Spring Varietals 9th 12th 13th Beginner’s Homebrew Class Beer Tasting – Holy City Brewing Wine Tasting – Crisp and Refreshing 15th 19th 20th Stouts in Summer Special Tapping Beer Tasting – Blind Saisons Wine Tasting – Artisan Beverage 26th 27th 30th Beer Tasting – Wicked Weed Wine Tasting – Rosé Aviator Brewing Tap Takeover Corny Keg Short for ‘Cornelius,’ the name that brought them into the market. Available in 2 different styles of fittings (Ball lock and pin lock), they have a removable lid that allows you to easily transfer your homebrewed beer into the keg. CO2 Tank Used to initially carbonate, then maintain carbonation of your beer while serving. Regulator An apparatus with gauges, attached to your CO2 tank that allows you to adjust the pressure being applied to your beer from the tank. Coupling Adapters Every keg has two connections, one for pushing in CO2 and the other for dispensing beer. Quick-disconnects are used for easy connection, which come in plastic or stainless steel. Pin lock gas and liquid connectors are different, but ball lock connectors can look nearly-identical, so consider buying different colors for gas and liquid. Tubing To connect the gas from your regulator to the keg and allow for flow of beer from your keg to the faucet. The material and internal diameter of your beer line will drastically impact how well your beer pours. Most kegerators require 6 ft of 3/16” I.D. Food Grade vinyl. Faucet Finally! Your beer pours from this piece when it’s ready to drink. It will either be mounted onto a kegerator tower or a shank built into a wall. 1. Clean and then sanitize your keg with the same sanitizer you use to brew. 2. Connect the CO2 tank to the gas-in fitting and set the regulator to 5 PSI. Turn on the CO2, allow gas to flow for five seconds or so, and then turn off the CO2. Because CO2 is heavier than oxygen, it will fall to the bottom of the keg, forming a protective layer against oxygen as the beer is racked. 3. Rack your beer into the keg using a siphon. 4. Hook up the CO2 to the keg and set the regulator to about 27 if room temperature or 11 if chilled (38°F). Liquid absorbs CO2 quicker the colder it is so chilling is ideal. Turn on the CO2 tank and listen for the flow of gas. As the pressure reaches equilibrium the gas will begin to slow and eventually stop, and because the keg is upright there is only a small surface area of beer for the CO2 to dissolve. 5. While you can fully carbonate a keg with this method over the course of a few days, a little agitation will go a long way and carbonate the beer faster. Some will roll the keg on the ground as it’s connected to the CO2 to encourage more gas to dissolve into solution, though this is not recommended if your regulator does not have a check valve. You can also simply shake and slosh the keg around upright. 6. Your beer is now ready to serve! Just make sure to chill your keg for a full 24 hours before serving for it to reach the appropriate temperature (38°F). Opened doors in 2011 on Dorchester Road in North Charleston by four friends: Joel, Sean, Chris, & Mac Joel and Sean owned a Pedi Cab and Rickshaw business in Charleston and had free time during the slow winters to dabble in home brewing Welded bicycle parts and a couple burners in 2009 to make a custom 15 gallon, all-grain pilot system Roughly a dozen recipes that are still in production were born on this system Holy City Brewing Beer Tasting @ Crafty Beer Guys! Tuesday, April 12th 6-8pm Visit their brewery in North Charleston where dogs and kids are welcomed – Follow Holy City Brewing: they have a full kitchen and their own craft root beer on tap! www.holycitybrewing.com Mosaic Promise showcases a single malt—Golden Promise—and a single hop—Mosaic. The traditional barley’s depth of flavor and the versatility of the hops’ bittering, flavor and aroma characteristics are the strong pillars that comprise the structure of this clean, rich, golden beer. A kickflip of an IPA, Swell Rider is made to be enjoyed relentlessly throughout the day. Splashed with tangerines and waves of pineapple, mango and stone fruit hops. Year-round Brews Pluff Mud Porter Holy City Pilsner Washout Wheat Slanted Porch Pale Ale Chucktown Follicle Brown Yeast Wrangler Overly Friendly IPA Seasonal Brews Oyster Stout Bacon Porter Pecan Dream Smoked Märzen Category 4 IPA Choklat Oranj is a stout brewed with chocolate and orange peels, opaque black in color, 10.0% abv, and a delicious dessert beer. Perfect alone, or enjoyed as a float. Saturday, April 16th 1-9pm Are we perhaps seeing a ‘beerification of wine?’ Wine now comes on tap and in cans! We will leave that for you to decide… below are some benefits to drinking wine from a can. Benefits of wine in cans Portable & lightweight – great for camping, hiking, the beach & the park More approachable and accessible – pulls down barriers & invites more people to try wine Cheaper & more cost-effective Smaller environmental footprint Shelton Vineyards Spring Festival Saturday, April 9 – 10am-6pm http://www.sheltonvineyards.com/ Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival Saturday, April 23 – Cary, NC – 11am-7pm http://www.uncorkthefun.com/cary-northcarolina/site-info Lincolnton Food & WineFest Saturday, April 23 – Lincolnton www.lincolntonfoodwinefest.com Childress Vineyards Bayou & Bluegrass Friday, April 29 – 6pm-10pm http://childressvineyards.ticketleap.com/bayou/details For the more information: check our website (www.craftybeerguys.com), our Facebook page, or email Chris at [email protected] Big Boots Brew: NoDa Brewing Girls Gosé Wild with Cucumber Release – 5:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/258163477852285/ Craft Beer Appreciation Class with Legion Brewing and SkillPop – 6:30pm http://www.skillpop.com/class/34 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience – Durham, NC – 4-8pm http://www.bullcityexperience.com/ 14th Annual Hickory Hops – over 50 microbreweries – Hickory, NC – 1-6pm http://www.hickoryhops.com/ Moo & Brew – craft beer & burger festival @ NC Music factory – 2-6pm http://mooandbrewfest.com/ New Sarum Brewing Company Grand Opening – Salisbury, NC – 1-9pm https://www.facebook.com/events/976663692369429/ The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s 6th Annual Louisiana Spring Fest http://www.oldemeckbrew.com/events/2015/louisiana-spring-fest/ “Whales for Wishes” Bottle Share – Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – 11am-3pm https://www.facebook.com/events/844421622335160/ Answer the following question and return to Crafty for 50% off a regular priced draft beer. Limit 1 per person.
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