It’s been a quiet few weeks for #ldb as we are moving ever closer to opening our doors, here is what we’ve been up to:
Got down to two goats, Sunday for some red ale in honor of St. Patty’s to meet up with Kas Deys, mad scientist and Todd Holleran, apple knower, both of the USDA as well as Matt Deys, engineering guru. I also found out you can get Sierra Nevada Torpedos for just 4.50 at the bar… What a steal! Tried some Hazlitt cider, similar style to our cider, in fact I’d be willing to bet a wine maker made it…
Cool event alert: head on over to 2 goats hector to support gas free seneca (Sunday 3/23; 12-4) all proceeds donated!! SaveSeneca!
Also on Sunday I got to hop on over to my neighbors @zugibevineyards wine barn to check out his friend rick’s 30 gallon brew system. Rick was wonderful to watch especially in regards to protein monitoring, synthesis checks, and sanitation. I even found out he is a mythical barbarian on his days off with the kiddies.
The beer was made with rye, will most likely end up around 6% alcohol and was cold settled overnight, I’m pretty stoked to try it mainly because of the initial mouthfeel without overly extracted rye tannin.
Before too long, met some more new folks who lovingly brought over some Guinness around midnight and stuck around awhile for the boil. Maybe it’s that lingering smell of an all grain malt that kept us up for hours but I have come to the conclusion that the east lake road contingency has some serious offerings whether it be jokes, beer knowledge, or general wizarding skills
If you see our brewer, VICTOR PULTINAS, around town today- wish him a happy birthday ! ! ! 27 years young !
LDB visited the capital region this weekend making stops in Troy, Saratoga and Argyle, NY. Twas a mix of business and pleasure as we cross country ski’d along the Eerie Canal, before meeting up with Andrew Siskind, of the Grocery, and Nick Wallas, of Capital District Community Gardens, both located in Troy, NY.
Exposure to new beers, fermentation styles, and ciders we hadn’t previously known of were welcomed as we stepped outside the Finger Lakes bubble. Discussing upcoming projects happening at 16 E. Castle, we utilized Andrew’s knowledge of walk in cooler build outs, bar construction and general rehab experience to gain new confidence. I’m pretty sure we also coined the name of our first beer through fits of laughter, swallows of rabbit stew and super sour grand cru…stay tuned.
We also enjoyed a cozy little stay in Argyle, NY. in a wee cabin that we would totally recommend, even if its a pain to keep the fire burning while you’re sleeping. Found a cool function on my phone to distort the images I have via reflections so thought I would post up some pictures I took getting “loopy” during breakfast, enjoy.
Beer we shared:
-Three Heads Brewing Loopy Oatmeal Red, Stillwater Classique Saison, Ithaca Cold Front, Saranac Prism, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and BFM Abbaye de St. Bon-Chien 2011 Grand Cru. BOOM
so with an amazing feat of mind muscle and matter, we came together to help stomping grounds move into Annie Walker’s this weekend. To help further: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/higher-ground-for-stomping-grounds
People working together- to make it work- is really the best! So get together more often friends, together we’re going to be brilliant.
We are so thankful for your support thus far and hope you will be patient until doors open in the next several months. if you’d like to read more about victor, and our project, check out today’s (1/27/14) FLTIMES or http://www.fltimes.com/news/conversations/article_06faeea0-8776-11e3-ad0a-001a4bcf887a.html
Until next time: help others because it feels good, play pond hockey with old friends (and new!), love yer dog, and go for a walk along the train tracks in the snow. It’s pretty cold out there, but deep breaths of ice cold wind are good for jolting us out of complacency and into action. See ya out there!
10. jan 2014
this holiday season brought #LDB closer to opening its doors, as well as back to its humble beginnings.
We traveled home to New England which was peppered with blustery day hikes and some much needed time with family. We also said goodbye to our roommate, Sarah Gummoe, Rochester, NY., as she heads east to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere’s harvest season and our brother, wood whittler, friend and filmmaker: Walter, as he heads west to plant 800 trees a day and possibly share a bed with a strange man somewhere in Nor. Cal/Oregon. We will miss his creativity and patience, but no worries there is one unreleased video coming soon, so stay tuned.
And even though I got locked upstairs for most of the night, we also had a lovely New Years’ Eve party complete with some preliminary Cider trials made last year with the help of our buddy Devon Schara, Geneva, NY.
In between voltaic meetings with Jim Eddington, of Eddington Electric, Geneva, NY. and rockin’ brainstorming sessions with Dan Waldhorn, Garrison, NY. and James Emery Elkin, Geneva, NY., we’ve got some interesting projects in the works, slated to commence end of January/early February.
Keep an eye out for your t shirts, which went in the mail today and until then, try to get some decent friends, like Lisa Gibson, Geneva, NY. who not only stops by with the polaroid camera you asked to borrow, but also leaves you with a bag of ginger snaps and a gnome-shaped candle. - beefstew, media consultant, Lake Drum Brewing
The art of silk screening in full spirits
Geneva own Lake Bones hard at work making it happen. Especially appreciated on this Christmas Eve. Happy holidays!
Lake Bones doing their thing another fantastic shirt, ours!