Part two of Amanda’s Start Your Own Brewery series features a host of brewers discussing what they found to be the hardest part of getting their beer, taps, and bottles up and running. Their answers range from paperwork and licenses to taking out the trash. Listen up for some firsthand insight, a discussion of what a “’Mander” is, and the universal urge to cheer upon a beer glass being broken. Hop candy and back-alley malt dealers run rampant in this episode – cheers!
Start Your Own Brewery: Used Equipment
Finding the right equipment to build your brewery’s system can be a real chore. Used equipment can be hard to come across due to the influx of craft breweries over the past few years. This got me thinking – Craigslist should totally have a section for used brewing equipment. However, my experience buying things on Craigslist has been shady at best. I’m just imagining someone saying they have a coolship for sale, only for you to find out that they have a plastic backyard swimming pool (Disney themed, of course) full of wort and underwear. Be careful in your used equipment search.
Hop Flavored Jelly Beans
As far as I can tell, these don’t exist. Sorry Amanda. However, there are beer flavored jelly beans for sure. It seems they encourage mixing and matching for interesting flavor combinations. Disappointed in a lack of hop candy? Don’t be. Hop Head Farms has an array of hop flavored candy. So rejoice! You don’t have to shove a fistful of flowers in your mouth to get the flavor you crave (unless you want to. I mean, I eat flowers all the time. Leaves too. Usually pretending I’m a dinosaur from one of the Land Before Time movies.)
‘Mander brings up the idea of a traveling hop salesman. Clad in a trench coat, briefcase clutched in a gloved hand – this mysterious trader walks up to the open garage doors of your brewery in the dead of night. He offers you a card filled with scratch-n-sniff stickers of all he has to offer. After smell-picking your malt of choice the salesman tips his hat, and busies himself with weighing the amount of malts you need on an old scale. Once the transaction has concluded the salesman disappears in a puff of smoke. It is hard to predict when this enigma of the craft beer scene will arrive, but his appearance is always harkened by the sudden and inexplicable breaking of a pint glass in your tap room.