We are pleased to announce our next ‘pop up’ truck sale. We will be selling beer on Saturday, August 16th at Pilgrim Park and Railroad Street in Waterbury (the old station lumber site; next to the train station). Click here for directions to Pilgrim Park in Waterbury.
We are going to start this next sale at 9am. We have been experimenting with different start times, and this will be best for anyone traveling to the event in Greensboro at Hill Farmstead. If you are in the first 1/3 of the line, you should be on the road to Greensboro by 9:30am.
Our plan is to begin the sale at 9am; with 4 cashiers we should be done by 10:30 am. This will give beer tourists enough flexibility to time their visit for an early lunch in town.
Our previous sales have gone very smoothly. We have been successful with having most people park right across the tracks from the train station. This leaves us with a clear parking lot in which to get started on setting up the sale.
We will move the line over to the sale area at 7:30am. At this time, we will have a food truck from The Skinny Pancake on site for your breakfast and coffee needs. They are customers of ours, and really great people in general- their food is not to be missed.
We will also have the Dan Liptak Gypsy Jazz Trio on site to provide some nice, early morning tunes.
We will also have assorted merchandise to sell. ALL proceeds will go to the Good Samaritan School in Rwanda. Our local high school, Harwood, has a long standing relationship with this special school- sending students each year as young ambassadors and teachers. The Good Samaritan School is in dire financial need and any money that is raised will certainly be put to great use.
Thank you for being so respectful to your fellow beer enthusiasts, we have received wonderful feedback from everyone at the previous sales. Let’s keep up the good vibes.
So, here is the lowdown on our upcoming sale:
We have a lot of things to fill you in on. We will be selling mixed cases of Focal Banger, The Crusher, and Rapture. Let me explain…
The latest batches of Focal Banger are getting ever closer to its final recipe. This time, we used Pearl malt as the base on one batch, and Maris Otter for the other. The hop character is just where I want it, and I have brought up the final gravity just a touch to add a bit more chewiness. Very nice, I think you’ll like it.
When we brewed the two batches of Crusher, I changed the second batch dramatically. Normally, I would have blended the two together to produce one hoppy treat, but they are so different, that it justifies letting you in on the process. The Crusher is brewed just like the batch we released at the last sale. Rapture was brewed with 35% more hops, and was dry-hopped exclusively with Mosaic, as opposed to The Crusher , which was dry-hopped with Citra.
Now for the questions you may have about the use of the name Rapture. The success of the craft beer industry has been truly remarkable, but it has caused a new issue for breweries that package their beer- trademarks. We are currently trying to trademark the name for The Crusher. This may not be possible with the existence of beers such as B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher, and others. With that in mind, we are looking at the need to re-name The Crusher. Over the years, we have had many creatively named beers, and for some, we have had artwork created. One of my all-time favorites was the art that Dan Blakeslee did for Rapture. It would make the perfect addition to our line of packaged beer, and that is why we went ahead and named this new variation Rapture. This may be confusing to some of our older customers that probably remember the brown IPA I used to make at the pub called Rapture. To further confuse you, I recently did a collaboration in England using the artwork for Rapture and it ended up being called Enraptured due to trademark issues in the UK. So there it is, in all of its convoluted logic. This double IPA will eventually be known as one of those two names, whichever we are able to trademark.
(I’ve got my fingers crossed for Rapture because I just love the art so much)
We will be selling Focal Banger, Rapture, Crusher mixed cases. Limit is 1 case per person. This case will include 4 four packs of Focal Banger, and one each Crusher and Rapture. The cost will be $75/case, tax and deposit included. If we have any extra cases of Focal, we will be selling them at the end. Please keep in mind, this will be a CASH ONLY sales event.
We will have at least 500 cases of this mixed selection.
Everyone will be allowed to purchase a full case of each until we run out. Once you pass through the line with your initial purchase, you are welcome to get back in at the end of the line. We have tried to be very good about going down the line, counting customers, in order to keep the guessing to a minimum.
So, there it is. Hopefully, I have addressed all of the pertinent information to make this sale even smoother than the previous three.