The Grain Gathering
There's alot going on in Skagit County that many of us have not heard about. Professor Steve Jones has been busy researching with his graduate students seeds for growing barley and wheat in our Cascadia Region (starting north on Vancouver Island and going all the way to Eugene, OR). And our friends at Skagit Valley Malt are putting together an amazing high tech malting facility to malt these grains that have not been available for brewers or bakers in the past or have not been used in malting most recently. Some of the grains are ancient (an Egyptian purple barley as an example) and some have not been grown because they don't fit into the specifications that are required by big malting companies. By opening up these grains for use we predict will add new flavors in beers, especially malt forward beers like the ones Chuckanut brews.
Mari and brewmaster Will Kemper along with head brewer Bryan Cardwell have all been invited to meet and connect with others at the Grain Gathering down at Skagit County's WSU Bread Lab. Other well known growers, users, and scientists will be getting together to talk grains, using them in food, baking, brewing, and distilling. Will has been asked to join a round table discussion with Wayne Carpenter (Skagit Valley Malt), Matt Linsecum (Fremont Brewery), Charles Finkel (Pike Brewer), and a distiller. The topic they will discuss is "With the rediscovery of grain "varietal flavor", beer and spirits industry leaders forecast teh future of brewing, distilling and potential food pairing using malted grain." We can't wait to see what they have to say... stay tuned!
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
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