Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Custom Orders from Lazy Dog

Lazy Dog is now accepting custom beer orders! We have expanded our capabilities and are now brewing all-grain batches.  By doing this we have greater control over the flavors we produce and are able to produce each batch for about half the price of extract brewing.

So, what does this mean exactly? It means that we'd like to brew beer for YOU!  Throwing a birthday party, engagement party, bachelor party, hosting a Super Bowl party, or looking for a unique favor for your wedding or event? We can help you create your favorite beer to share with your friends and family.

So far, we've made numerous types of ales and are eager to try our hand at more.  Some of our favorites have been:
  • IPA
  • Imperial IPA
  • Rosemary Pale Ale
  • Watermelon Wheat
  • Amber Ale
  • Hazelnut Brown Ale
  • Belgian Tripel
  • Belgian Wit
  • Chocolate Stout
  • Vienna Lager (aka Negro Modelo)
We prefer about a 3 month lead time so that we can create a recipe, brew the batch, and let it condition in the bottle so that it is ready for consumption. Alternately, we can keg beers for ease of serving.

So, who wants to be the first to order a custom beer?  Let us know if you're interested!  The first 6 people to place an order will receive a Lazy Dog beer coozie!

Colleen & Matt

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Beer Time!

Nothing says happy holidays quite like a nice cold home brew, right?  On 11/11/11 Matt slaved the day away brewing up the as-yet-unnamed holiday brew.  It was the first attempt at an all-grain batch, while the rest of our 20-ish batches have been extract batches.

Extract brewing is the form of brewing used by most new brewers. Extract brewing involves the use of concentrated Malt Extract in the brewing process. The use of malt extract lets the brewer skip the mashing process, and move directly to the boil and fermentation steps. Extract brewing takes considerably less time and equipment than All Grain brewing. In extract brewing, Malt Extract is added directly to the brew pot and boiled together with Hops to create a sweet liquid called wort for fermenting. (http://brewwiki.com/index.php/Extract_Brewing)
The main difference between all-grain and Extract Brewing or Partial Mash brewing is that in an all-grain brew, the entire volume of unfermented beer (called wort) is created by mashing crushed Malt and running hot water through the grain bed in a process called lautering. (http://brewwiki.com/index.php/All_Grain)
Ok, now that the technical stuff is out of the way, here's the fun stuff.  Our original intent was to make a chocolate cherry stout, but the head brewer (Matt) decided that he wanted to make a "chocolate after-dinner-mint stout." He put together a recipe, headed to the Home Brew Mart (and sampled the Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter while he was there), and collected 12 pounds of grain!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Finally time to brew!

After weeks of procrastinating, we are finally going to brew up a batch of watermelon wheat tonight!  We first made this beer a year ago and had great results; the beer was well-liked by most of our friends (or else they were lying to us).  Actually, even friends who typically don't drink beer took a liking to this one! It is the perfect light, summery beer with a hint of watermelon aftertaste.  Pictures and updates to follow!