Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Future Hop Projects?

We have had a lot of questions lately about the future of Hop Project. We plan to get it out in its own six pack next year, and increase our production of this beer once we get in the new brewery. But one thing will not change - we plan to continue to change the hops used in each new batch. Why not settle on one killer recipe and stick with that? Well, for a variety of reasons. One, it keeps our brewers happy and creative. Having the abilty to experiment makes us better brewers. Two, we think people enjoy checking out each new batch to see how it stacks up with their favorite batch from before. Three, we're having fun doing it, so why stop now?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Holiday Hours

These "growler nights" are turning out to be a big hit! People are telling us they love a night when they won't have to wait in a long line just to get their growlers filled. So we decided to have another one this week.

THUR DEC 31st - the taproom will be open for growler fills, keg sales, and merchandise sales ONLY from 4-7 PM. We won't be serving pints, but you can come in and get stocked up for the party that night!

FRI JAN 1st - the taproom will be open our regular hours from 4-8 PM. Come by and enjoy the first pint of the new year!

SAT JAN 2nd - the taproom will be open from 2-8 PM and we will have our regular tour schedule, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 for tours.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Hours

The taproom will be open Wed Dec 23rd from 5-7 for take-home sales only (growlers, kegs, etc)

We will be closed Dec 24th and 25th, and will be open for regular business including tours on Sat Dec 26th.


We will be open and filling growlers, selling t-shirts, etc, this coming Wednesday, Dec 23rd from 5-7 PM. Not a regular taproom night - but you can stop by and get a growler for Christmas morning, plus finish up any last minute Yazoo shopping you might need.

And as always, if you need a keg, stop by the back loading dock doors when we are brewing (just about any time M-F 8-5). It might take a minute for someone to be able to stop and help you, but we are always happy to sell you a keg to go!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Yazoo's "Pleasure Chest" variety pack on its way...

Our "Pleasure Chest" variety packs are being printed today, and we hope to be able to get some out in time for New Years and the playoff season. The first variety packs will contain three bottles each of Pale Ale, Dos Perros, Hefeweizen, and... Sly Rye Porter! As we go forward, we plan to rotate the selection, to include our seasonals. We're planning on bottling Summer, Fall, and Wassail next year in the variety packs.

What's the story on the name, "Pleasure Chest"? Well, if you have ever dropped by the Yazoo tent at a beer festival, we usually have something "extra special" in the back, being poured through our converted Pleasure Chest jockey box. Savvy beer drinkers know that when they see the Pleasure Chest, they are in for a treat!

Yazoo SUE out in bottles!

We bottled about 100 cases of SUE on Monday, and it has made it out into the Nashville market! Our distributor dropped cases off at Midtown Beverages, Frugal Macdoogals, Grace's, and with more to come. It's packaged in our "Brewmaster's Reserve" four packs, with black labels and black bottle caps.

You may notice that we changed the recipe slightly (good catch Nathan!). We increased the body and the amount of cherry-wood-smoked malts we used, and increased the bittering hops. We wanted to give it slightly more mouthfeel and smoke aroma than the first batch we got out on draft. It now weighs in around 9% abv, but you can't tell that until you have had a couple. I had a four pack myself last night, with some dark Belgian chocolates, and I have to tell you, that's a little slice of heaven right there!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out "Tough Trade" on Epix

As part of the casting call for a drama to be aired on the new upcoming Epix channel, the producers, which include T. Bone Burnett, asked for local talent. Well, we were happy to oblige. Look for Yazoo bottles during the scenes set in the old Bourbon Street Boogie Bar, where the crew filmed this week. Neil, our sales manager, said hanging around for the filming after delivering the beer was one of the best job perks he has had the past two years. And he works for a brewery, so that must have been something!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Online Store up and running!

Just in time for Christmas! Now you can get your Yazoo gear through our new online store. Just go to our website and click on the "Store" button.

And yes, we are expecting our cool old-school wool biking jerseys to arrive any day now!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Interesting List

I ran across this list of brands owned or distributed by the big three - oops, sorry, the big two brewers, ABInBev and SABMillerCoors. It's pretty interesting to see how many brands they control. There were even a few on there that I didn't realize had ties back to the big brewers.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hop Project #24 out in bottles and on tap at Yazoo Taproom

Hop Project #24 was bottled first week of December, and it says so on the label. We used Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus for first wort; Amarillo, Cascade, and Perle with 15 minutes left in the boil, and again at 5 min left; and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade after four days in the fermenter.

It will be on tap at the taproom, and the bottles will be available in our local market only. We're brewing #25 as we speak, and should be able to get some more Hop Project down to Alabama before Christmas.