Did You Feel the Peace and Love?

Did You Feel The Peace and Love?
Our web site host has some issues preventing me from using my program to send out the newsletter.
As I sip my mug of Duet, I’m reminded what we’ve been up to since our last newsletter. Alpine Beer Company has been very busy getting a pub ready to open. We have several beers we can announce the release dates. We’re teaming up with Viejas on an incredible beer dinner. And, I need your help with something, something important.
First, the beer dinner. Mark your calendars on August 12, 2010 at 6:30. Viejas’ top chefs and Alpine Beer Company are teaming up in The DreamCatcher at Viejas for a very special dinner. This beer dinner will feature a five course meal, each course paired with a tasty beer for $50 which includes food, beer and valet parking. The theme is barbeque but not exclusively, there needs to be some diversity in order to make it interesting. Reception is at 6:30 and seating for dinner at 7:00. You must be 21 with a valid ID. And, a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Alpine School District’s Music and Math Program. Here’s a link for purchasing tickets http://viejas.frontgatetickets.com/ The exact menu is not finalized but I’m pretty sure dessert will be bacon brittle ice cream paired with Great Barleywine. I’ll send out an announcement with the menu when I get the details.
Just in time for summer, we have some lighter yet hoppy beers coming out soon. On July 13th, “Hoppy Birthday, the most celebrated beer in the world” will again be available for growler fills. You may even find some on draught at a finer establishment. It’s a 5.25% abv pale ale with some light carmel flavor and lots of hops.
July 29th, another summertime brew comes out. “Tuatara” returns in time for the usual hot season. We changed one of the two hops from New Zealand for another New Zealand hop. Riwaka wasn’t available last year but was this year so we used this highly prized aromatic hop instead of Pacific Jade. As a reminder, “Tuatara” is a 4.2% abv pale ale dry hopped at IPA levels with Motueka and Riwaka hops from NZ. (a tuatara is an ancient lizard sized dinosaur)
Last but far from least, “Exponential Hoppiness” will be released on August 13th. We hope to have bottles and growlers available and expect very good results from our techniques employed to maximize the aromatics of the hops. We are still adding oak chips in with the last of the dry-hopping stages. We toned down the abv to 11% but it still doesn’t taste as strong as it is. We’ve even been able to contribute a new word for the dictionary: Exponesia. It’s the result of drinking too much “Exponential Hoppiness” the night before and not remembering what you did.
That’s all of the good beer news. The following is a plea for your help. I promise to keep these to a minimum…
The National MS Society is kicking off our annual MS Bay to Bay Bike Tour. I am planning to be a part of that event and I am asking you to join me in creating a world free of multiple sclerosis by making a contribution to support my effort.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives. I believe in the work they do, and I invite you to see for yourself all the good they’ve done for the MS community. More than 400,000 Americans live with MS, and your support can and will make changes in their lives.
Please help by making a donation – large or small – to make a difference in lives of those who a living with multiple sclerosis. Or, why not join me on the day of the event? Become a participant and side by side, as teammates, we can work together to raise the funds to make a difference.
Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

Patrick McIlhenney
Click here to get to my personal page and make a secure, online donation.
To send a donation: Make all checks payable to: National MS Society and Mail to: Patrick McIlhenney P O Box 2530, Alpine, CA 91903
Some tidbits of news about what else is going on:
Pure Hoppiness has been reformulated. We’ve gone back to the original yeast we started with, and won those awards with. We’ve done away with the crappy German hops and replaced them with Nugget, yum. It’s dryer than it’s been in years. The love is back!
The pub should be opening relatively soon. We have a “final” inspection date with County Health and still will not release an opening date. When we open we will turn on the neon “open” sign to indicate we’re ready for the insanity. The hours should be 11 to 11 weekdays and 11 to 12 weekends. We will not fill growlers at the pub, period, so remember the brewery’s hours, 12 to 6 Tues thru Sat. We’ll try to have our bottles available for purchase, to go, at the pub.
That’s all that’s true, if I write more I’ll have to start making stuff up. Since most accident occur in the home, eat out more often. “Peace and Love” (Happy Birthday Ringo) from the Alpine Brew Crew!

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