Head Brewer Bryan Completes German Studies
You may remember back in January our head brewer Bryan Cardwell headed to Germany to take part in the VLB Brewers program in Berlin,Germany. At that time Michael Toomes our brewer at the time took over as Lead Brewer at Chuckanut. Well Bryan has successfully completed the Master Brewer course at the VLB and is heading home in August. We’re all excited that Bryan passed the exam with flying colors. Being the bright young man he is he graduated as one of the top brewers. He’s excited to return to Chuckanut and impart some of his new knowledge on the brewers and collaborate with our brewmaster Will. We congratulate Bryan and can’t wait for his return.
Before returning to Bellingham Bryan will be visiting various breweries across Belgium and Germany as well as England. Actually right now Bryan is brewing with our friends at Rebellion Brewery who sent their lead brewer over to Chuckanut back in March. Now Bryan will be brewing with Rebellion and learning how they truly make those British style Ales!
Chuckanut in Italy
Chuckanut Pilsner made its way all the way to northern Italy for the Pils Pride Festival this past May. Owners Mari and brewmaster Will Kemper ventured to Italy to take part in this fun, Italian beer festival celebrating the beauty and flavors of Pilsner lagers! When Agostino emailed to request a shipment of Chuckanut Pilsner for the event held at his brewery Birrificio Italiano in May, we were flattered. His brew friend Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker, had recommended that Ago include Chuckanut Pilsner to the collection of Pilsners from around Europe to serve at Pils Pride. Mari and Will were also asked to attend to talk about Chuckanut to all those that came to drink great Pilsners. And when we made the decision to travel to the little town just south of Lake Como north of Milan we decided it would be a great chance to rendez vous with Bryan, our head brewer who has been studying at the VLB in Berlin, Germany since January.
The festival at the original Birrificio Italiano brewpub in Lurago Marinone was its 8th year of celebration. It was a treat to have Chuckanut to drink but Will, Bryan and Mari were equally impressed with the 21 other pilsners served at the festival. The majority of the Pils came from small craft breweries around Italy, but there were also some from Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and UK as well as the USA. Our hosts were generous and friendly and took great care of us making our first trip to Italy a very positive experience. If you're interested in reading more about Pils Pride go to:http://www.birrificio.it/pils_pride/index_eng.html
Chuckanut Down Under
It's been some time since we returned from visiting our brother brewery Thunder Road Brewing down under so it was thrilling to hear today that our collaboration beers all won awards at the Australian International Beer Awards. All four beer were awarded medals at the competition and our friends Thunder Road Brewing Co received the coveted Champion Medium Australian Brewery Trophey. A diverse range of styles of beers were judged by 40 experts from Australia, Belguim, Norway, US, UK, Japan, and New Zealand in over a week of judging in Melbourne, Australia. This year's 1,560 entries were from more than 294 breweries in 31 countries.
The collaboration beers that won were: Thunder Nuts Bamberg Smoked Lager (Silver); Thunder Nuts Cologne Kolsch (Bronze); Cartwheel Golden Ale (Bronze); and Full Turbo (Maibock) receiving Bronze. During some of our last days while down under we had the pleasure of visiting a great hop farm (we used several new varieties in our collaboration beers). Just another wonderful part of our great collaboration visit! Thanks Thunder Road for having us and Congratulations on your big win. You deserve it, you make fantastic beer, cheers!
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