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Worst Monday EVER…Brewing Is Off

So between the three of us, you’d think Joel, Jonathan or I could remember to pick up some yeast for a new batch of IPA. Turns out we can’t. The lack of a fermenting agent and the cold weather have depressed us so much that we’ve decided to cancel brewing. We’ll be back in the

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Crunching the Numbers

One of the biggest objectives of Saturday’s Brewhaha was to collect some solid data on how our beers and brand are perceived by our future customers. Mission accomplished – we received nearly 400 comment cards, including about 100 for each of the three beers we served. We also asked about beer consumption and preferences. Here

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Bryan Adams Goes Creepo

Our good friend Liz has sent us her modified version of Bryan’s (yeah, we’re on a first name basis) classic song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d pass along the moderately creepier “Have You Ever Really Stalked a Woman”. Thanks for weirding us all out, Liz.

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Windfall?

After sending out our invitations to the upcoming MNB bash on St Patrick’s Day, we’ve begun hearing back from loyal fanatics everywhere. We’ve had a number of truly unique RSVP’s and inquiries, including a few that are worthy of posting for your reading pleasure. Below is an e-mail that I received from a potential investor

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All Hands Monday

After taking a week off from brewing last week, we’re back in the saddle tonight. We have a full agenda, which includes a second batch of our pumpkin beer. We also have about 40 gallons beer that are ready for bottling or kegging, so if you’ve never come by a little early to learn a

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The Big Guys Go “Craft”

The Wall Street Journal published a recent article showing that the three major US breweries (Anheus r-Busch, SABMiller and Molson Coors) have grown their “craft” beer sales by nearly 45% in 2007, while independent craft brewery sales have only risen 16%. There are two lines of thinking in the craft beer world about this rapid

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Pitching Hot

This past Monday, we brewed a batch of our Lumberjack Oatmeal Stout. The past couple batches of this beer have been a bit disappointing – lower than ideal original gravity has given us a beer that is more like a lame porter. From all indications, we’re back on track, but we had two fairly significant

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MNB Heads West

Tomorrow morning, Joel, Jonathan and I are meeting at Monday Night Brewery’s home for the past year (Joel happens to live there, too) and relocating the brewery to the garage of my new crib, about 5 miles west. Why make such a move? With some continuing sanitation issues, we thought that moving our supplies out

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Our Patron Saint

Anyone who has come by brewing on Monday night has undoubtedly heard the sweet, melodic croonings of our patron 80’s pop saint and muse, Bryan Adams. There’s nothing like starting the mash to “Run to You”, starting the sparge with “Everything I Do” echoing around the porch, or tossing in that first handful of bittering

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Christmas in July?

With our massive new inventory and recent purchase of Pro Mash, the doors have been blown wide open for new brews. Tonight we will be brewing up a Christmas Barleywine, which should be ready for consumption by November. Barleywines benefit substantially from aging, anywhere from 3-4 months to several years. By the way, a new

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A Family Affair

Remember the gusher bug we’ve been dealing with in our beers for the last 2 months? Throwing out all our plastic buckets made a dent in the issue, but recently, we had another batch of IPA catch the deadly yeast strain, which turn our beer into overcarbonated alcohol water. However, we did have good luck

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280 Pounds of Sweet, Sweet Malt

After recently securing a grain mill, we have decided that buying grains in bulk just makes sense. So last week, I loaded up the 2-door Civic with 280 pounds of malt – five 50-pound bags (pale malt, pilsner, wheat, munich and cara-pils) and three 10-pound bags (two bags of 20L crystal and one 60L). Since

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NEW! IMPROVED!

After some recent failures and a few successes, we’ve updated the Brews page with descriptions for several new beers. Boring content by Jeff, amusing witticisms by Jonathan. And remember as you read about beers that make your mouth water, the only way to taste Monday Night Brews is to stop by Joel’s on Monday nights.

Newswire

For all hoping to spend your Memorial Day evening brewing a batch of Base Jumper Double IPA with MNB, I’m afraid you’ll have to hold off until next year – no brewing tonight. I will be doing a little brewing this morning, so if you’re in the neighborhood between 10-1, feel free to swing by

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Beerducation

My Amazon.com Visa card is finally paying dividends. I got a $25 Amazon gift card in he mail the other day for spending a lot of money, and just ordered two more brewing books to add to the collection – “Radical Brewing” and “Brew Like a Monk“. “Designing Great Beers” continues to be a great

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Drafty Kilt – A Beautiful Thing

This past weekend was the first sampling of the Drafty Kilt, our Scotch Ale which spent 4 weeks fermenting before spending another 2 weeks in the bottle. Since all 4 weeks were spent fermenting in a plastic container, there was a general expectation that this would be yet another case of over-bubbly alcohol water. But

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So Many Beers…

Last night was a busy one for MNB. We sampled 5 new batches, including 4 completely new beers. Plus we brewed up a 10-gallon batch of Weissguy and had our first MNB beer on tap. The quick rundown: Cowtipper Cream Ale: Turned out well – I’d say 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t naturally

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Party Planning

Over the past few days, we at MNB have been discussing the much-anticipated Brewhaha. We have a preliminary schedule and a basic plan for the party. We’ll be brewing 10-gallon batches over the next few months, so expect the chance to sample 4-6 of MNB’s best brews and give us your honest feedback on what

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A Cautious Optimism

With so many new beers in fermentation right now and our recent struggles with sanitation, it was with nervousness and trepidation that I sampled our four latest beers as we transferred them into secondary last night. The first tastes, though tentative, were encouraging. Two are particularly worth mentioning. The Base Jumper Double IPA already tastes

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Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitation

Ok, beer gods. We’ve learned our lesson. After 5 months of consistent results, we’ve been put in our place with a gusher batch and a sour batch. Last Monday, the sanitation police were out in full force, and we’re hoping that our recent purchases of some new glass carboys and very aggressive cleaning will spare

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The Gusher Bug

Lord save us all. When I opened up the latest batch of Roundhouse Pale Ale, the thing let loose like a geyser, probably shooting beer a good six inches above the top of the bottle. If I’m processing through everything I’ve read correctly, we’ve caught a gusher bug, which is essentially an aggressive wild yeast

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