Goodbye for now

Hello everyone,
 
In June of 2009, we entered a home brew competition and won 1st place.  This was the spring-board that would launch Squirrel Tail Brewing Company.  Since then we have participated in other competitions, festivals and home brew tours.
 
As of May 2013, Squirrel Tail Brewing Company is closing its doors.  We had a great run, made some great beers and met some great people.  We have all decided to move on.
 
We would like to thank you for all the love and support you have given us over the last few years.  We will be back with a new venture in some form or another and will post a link to that here.  

For now, we will bury our nuts and hibernate!
 
Also, please contact us if you want a t-shirt, we have a box of them.
 
Thanks for everything!
 
Love,
 
Joe

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Winter Update!

Hello Everyone,

The last time I posted an update it was called Autumn Update!  And so, since it is February, why not call it Winter Update!  First off, I hope everyone had great holidays and great new years, but most importantly, consumed great beers!

We have some fun stuff going on in the next few months.  We are going to be taking part in the Blue Point Cask Ale Festival on April 13, 2013.  We participated last year and it was a blast!  Can’t wait for it this year and we will have some details soon.  We are aiming to hold some tasting events over the next few months.  We don’t have the details yet, but I will keep you posted on that.

Beers.  The beers keep coming because we keep brewing them.  We here at Squirrel Tail have a strict brewing schedule of brewing a 5 gallon batch once a week year-round!  We keep to this because we feel it is important to improve recipes and try new ones.  Below are a few pictures for ya of what we have been up to the past few months:

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Here is a shot of Kayne corking our Christmas Ale.  This year it was in the style of a Dark Belgian Ale!

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Here is a shot of us bottling the Christmas Ale!

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This is a picture of last years Christmas Ale.  It was the last bottle I had and was great! 

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This last picture is one of our newest beers, a Black IPA….delicious, roasty, hoppy.

Ok, last but not least, our fellow brewer and chef, Sean is just about to graduate from culinary school.  He has worked super hard and we are super proud of him!  Great job, Sean!

Until next time…

Cheers!

Joe

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Autumn Update!

Hello everyone,
 
It has been awhile since the last update and we here at Squirrel Tail thought we should let you in on what we have been up to.  In the past few months our chef and fellow brewer, Sean enrolled in culinary school.  We are very proud of him and excited for what he is doing.  Culinary school can only enhance Sean’s already passionate approach to food.  Kayne and I(Joe) have been on a strict diet of brewing a fresh 5 gallon batch each week for the past few months.  We are very excited about some old, but revised recipes and some brand new ones.  A new beer we tried this year was a Wet Hop Pale Ale with fresh Cascade hops.  It was pretty awesome to hold this huge bag of fresh hops…delicious!  Check it out:

And this is how it came out:

Last year we came up with an idea to brew a beer with the flavors of an apple pie and this year we did it!  It is called the Baked Apple Brown and was brewed with apples freshly picked from Warwick Valley Winery in Warwick, NY.  The trip was inspiring to say the least.  This is where they make Docs Draft Cider and we took a tour of where they make the cider.  It was a beautiful fall day, delicious cider, apple picking and great people. 

And, as a bonus, on the way home we stopped at a personal favorite of mine, Peekskill Brewery.  Peekskill has some great beers and great food.  Try the Midnight Toker and the PB Burger…will not disappoint.  Most recently we brewed a very promising Double IPA, where for the first time, we mashed with Australian Galaxy hops.  It should be ready in the coming weeks and we have a great feeling about this one.  Here is a picture of the dry hopping:

Another brand new beer that we brewed and are very excited to try is the Royal Robesch Porter.  This is a Baltic style porter that is named after fellow Squirrel Tail team member, Dennis Robesch.  He has done so much for us and the least we could do was brew a delicious beer in his name!
 
That is all for now, but stay tuned for more updates soon!

Thanks for reading and for all the support!

Much Love, Joe

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New Beer News!

Beer+History

Yaaaawwnnnnn!  Phew, man… been a hard few months rocking.  Maybe give a little stretch… and a bend!  We are sore – must have been all that brewing and keg-presses.  That’s right folks, we have been hard at work since you have last heard from us and what better way to make our first post in over 6 months than with good news, right?  So, here it is… We will be coming out of our sabbatical-like hibernation by unveiling our new Strong Scotch Ale, The Bearded Axe at The 8th Annual Blue Point Cask Ale Festival on April 14th!!!

This will be our first go at Cask Ale or ‘Real Ale’, as it were.  While we were tinkering with our ideas that would suit this noble and legendary approach at brewing we decided why not look directly into the history books themselves and illuminate a fittingly, noble and legendary tale?  No better story comes to mind than that of Scotland’s fabled King, Robert the Bruce and his bearded battle-axe!

As the story goes, in 1314, during the Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland was continuing its century old fight for independence from the Kingdom of England. During the course of the carnage, England’s greatest knight, Sir Henry de Bohun spotted the King of Scots engaged in combat, lowered his lance, and charged heavily.  The Bruce sat atop a very small riding horse, not commonly fit for combat and armed only with his short, bearded battle-axe, took notice and prepared for impact.  Sir Henry lunged, The Bruce dodged the rider’s piercing attack, stood up on his stirrups and struck the knight with his bearded axe through the helmet, splitting his skull!  The Scots would eventually push the English back and win their first battle for independence the following day.

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The tale of Robert the Bruce and his bearded battle-axe became a symbol of Scotland’s long war against the English; ‘the one side heavily armed but lacking agility; the other highly mobile and open to opportunity.’

Oddly enough, this description mirrors craft beer’s position in the world today and also appropriately describes this beer: a small and unassuming serving that will knock you off your horse and split your skull!

The legend is alive and so is this beer!  Come meet your destiny with The Bearded Axe, Saturday, April 14th, 2pm – 6pm, Patchogue, NY.  Buy your tickets fast!

Thanks again for reading, guys.  Hang in there, we will be soon be posting our latest news and a detailed account of our recent whereabouts!

-Sean

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Hurricane Edition

Hello everyone,

As the weekend comes to a close and the hysteria of Hurricane Irene is past us, I sit here a little stir crazy because I have been inside most of the weekend.  So, I put up a History page on the site which is…you guessed it, a history of Squirrel Tail Brewing Company(see above).

Ok, here is my question to all of you…what beers did you hunker down with in the wake of this hurricane???  Please let us know, leave us a comment with some great suggestions.  I’ll tell you what I had, I bought a Saranac 12-pack sampler a few weeks ago and enjoyed a couple of the remaining bottles of that upstate NY goodness.  Another treat of this past weekend was 21st Amendment Monks Blood, that came in a four-pack of cans.  This is a great beer in the style of a Belgian Dark Ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.

This update is a bit overdue, a few weeks ago I asked Kayne and Sean for some good beer suggestions to share with you all.  I just had Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment, and was excited about it.  Try this beer if you haven’t, you will not be disappointed.  I thought it would be fun to tell you all what we are drinking other than our own beer.  When I asked this question to them a few weeks ago, this is what they came back with:

Sean – The latest beer that I enjoyed was from The Bruery. They have a vast amount of uniquely creative beers all while still adhering to high standards and a certain level of integrity. I recently had the Orchard White ale with Lavender. Awesome yet subtle… unfiltered-deliciousness! They make a saison with Thai Basil for Pete’s sake!

Kayne - The latest beer that I liked was the Ta Henket from Dogfish Head. It’s the only one that stands out in my memory. Tried too many to remember anything that precise.

This leads me to the next part of this update.  This summer was awesome for many reasons, but one of the best parts was going to visit Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats.  First off, Rehoboth Beach is a great town and the weather was beautiful so we were able to go to the beach!  We drove straigh down to the brewery for an event  called Dogfish Head Analog A-Go-Go!  This event was all about beer and vinyl’s!  It was so much fun, we did a tour of the brewery and were lucky enough to try some great beers that are only on tap at the brewery.  We also went to the brewpub and had more obscure Dogfish Head beers and some great food.  One of my favorite beers from the brewpub was the Zeno… so good.  The whole trip was awesome and inspiring to say the least.

The picture above is the Squirrel Tail team – Sean, Kayne and Joe on the tour of the brewery.  Oh, and we met Sam too!!!  I will put that pic up soon, just gotta locate it.

So, this summer has been a memorable one and certainly busy, so we haven’t had a ton of time to brew.  However, we were able to squeeze in a few brew sessions and made some batches of our Deserted Island IPA and also a special Milk Stout for a birthday party of our dear friend Ryan Goldberg, happy 30th birthday buddy!!!  Check out his site, he is a talented guy.

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Thanks for checking in and reading this!!!

Much Love – Joe

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Forgetting to Remember Memorial Day Weekend!

Yes, we know.. Memorial Day Weekend was a month and a half ago but we have been quite busy.  So, we are sorry but excited to finally share this story with you.

Last Memorial Day Weekend, most of you were probably far off somewhere celebrating your 3-day weekend like truly great Americans.  Most of you were probably at local Jones or Far Rockaway Beaches or maybe even at a place called Old Forge (love you Kayne).  However, there were a select few of us that hung around town one day longer to see about some local beer and food, and to see about those who stand, or in this case, ‘ride’ to see it thrive.  Those two particular people are Kate and John Suscovich of FoodCyclist.com.

Kate & John Suscovich

Together, Kate and John have set out to learn and raise awareness of how morally responsible food is produced, and why people should decide to choose it over “conventionally produced” food.  They have chosen to do so by riding their tour bikes across the world and documenting every last bit of it!  They celebrated the start of their epic 2-year journey with a beer and pizza party at Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Event goers / Joey, John, & Sean.

We met John at the last Brooklyn Wort tournament.  At the moment he was working, taking photos for the young but great, local food paper, Brooklyn Bread.  We got to drinking and talking and drinking a bit more and all realized that we had met a new great friend of Squirrel Tail.  He, loved our beer and we loved that he loved our beer… also, he turned out to be a great guy in his own right.  In the following weeks he contacted us, asking if we would like to donate some kegs to a Farm Aid event at Roberta’s that he was organizing to kick off he and his wife’s departure.  We jumped at the opportunity and couldn’t have been happier to have participated in the cause.

We had just enough time to brew, ferment and condition two beers for the event.  We were proud to brew our second go at our Grasshopper IPA (nutty, mildly-malty IPA with Lemongrass) and our Belgian White.  We were also proud and honored to be in sole tap-company with the great Sixpoint Brewing Co., the only other beer in support at the event but unfortunately none of the guys from the brewery attended.  However, the beers that day were delicious and the pizza and company was warm and amazing as well.

Our Grasshopper IPA & delicious Roberta's pizza.

John and Kate did a phenomenal job throwing the event!  They organized community, its supporters and its purveyors to all come together in strength and in celebration of a great conviction.  Currently, John and Kate are into their amazing, 40th day of riding.  Follow their every peddle on their blog at FoodCyclist.com.

Thanks for reading guys,

Sean

Also, thank you to everyone who came in additional support of Squirrel Tail and a special ‘thank you’ to Mike Kelly for these amazing photographs -you’re the best, man.

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Filling the Glasses of the Huddled Masses

Welcome back, and “Welcome in”.  That is something we had the fortunate pleasure of saying 26 times this past Sunday, as we took part in our first Homebrew Tour.  What is a Homebrew Tour?  Well, twenty-five great and gracious beer advocates are captained through several homebrewer’s houses by a man named Josh Bernstein, a local beer journalist and new friend.  We were the last stop out of three homes visited on the tour.  Beer-curious men and women filed in and made themselves at home, soon tasting our Belgian White and snacking on some tasty bites.  This was a considerable treat for us, as it was the first time that we were able to share our efforts, both beer and food, with perfect strangers.  All of which were perfect people; very gracious and down to earth.  “Thank you” to those who were there!  It was a very interesting experience, at first some nerves from having a mass of new faces in your house but very soon conversations were sparking, beer was flowing and great times were had.

Rillette Board / Christmas Ale Raffle Winner.

Like mentioned, we had our new Belgian White on tap, which I can only translate as delicious, citrusy-spicy-bready goodness.  Unexpectedly, the White kicked very fast and with intentions of keeping the good times going we also tasted our Back Woods Brown, which may have suffered from under-carbonation but hopefully still let its wonderful roasted quality be known.  As another side to our gastronomic efforts we offered up tastes from our tentative Squirrel Tail menu; an Apple Brandy Pork Rillette served with Quick Pickled Shallots and Spent Grain Bread as well as our Cold Smoked Shrimp Cocktail with Ginger Cocktail Sauce.  Devoured!  We didn’t even get any, haha!  Also, a large format bottle of our Christmas Ale was raffled off to one of the tour goers.  Again, it was an excellent and humbling experience for us and we can’t wait to be a tour goer next time.

This whole “beer-thing” is about a lot more than just brewing.  It’s truly about hospitality.  It’s about letting people in with open arms, making them feel at home and sharing with them the best you have to offer; it’s about giving.  In return, together we’ll share great experiences, lasting memories and friendships.  This is the beginning.  Soon we will have more “open houses” where we can exercise these ideals and hopefully sooner than you and we think, A Squirrel Tail Brewing Co. home, to call our own.

Cheers,

Sean

…before we forget.  THANK YOU, Steve! (Squirrel Tail’s DP)

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