WHAT'S ON TAP AT STELLA LINK LOCATION THIS SATURDAY!
This Saturday, beginning at 11 am, we will be conducting another all-grain brewing demonstration. I'm thinking we should brew a Texas Brown Ale - hoppy, aromatic, with a hint of roastiness, maybe 5.5 - 6% alcohol by volume. We'll also tap the keg of British Bitter we made last month at our initial all-grain demo. Just show up if you're interested in learning to brew beer from scratch. Should be fun, and the price is right: free!
WAKE FOR FRED ECKHARDT TO BE HELD SUNDAY AT 4 pm!
If you've been homebrewing for a while, and especially if you've attended a Dixie Cup or two, you know the name Fred Eckhardt. Fred has been the unofficial poster boy for the the Foam Rangers & the Dixie Cup since 1987. He held our first Beer & Chocolate (or "Fill In the Blank") tasting in 1989 and continued for some twenty years (We still have a Beer & ???? Tasting every year at the Dixie Cup). Fred wrote the first modern American homebrewing book "A Treatise on Lager Beer," first published in 1970. He also wrote the ground-breaking "The Essentials of Beer Styles" & "Sake," (a "how to make sake at home book). Fred was a stalwart at American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Conferences and Home Wine & Beer Trade Association conferences for years. As far as Fred was concerned, a stranger was simply a friend he hadn't met yet. You loved the guy immediately. Fred passed away at home Monday, August 10 at the age of 89. He will be sorely missed. His funeral will be held in Portland, Oregon Saturday and a wake on Sunday at 2 pm PDT. For those of us who can't make the trip, we are hosting a "simul-wake" here at DeFalco's, Sunday starting at 4 pm CDT. Come on by and bring a bottle to share. We'll tap a keg of Fred Red IPA. Hope to see you then!
THE GRAINFATHER BREWING SYSTEM HAS ARRIVED!
The Grainfather takes the best brewing practices from craft breweries and fits them into a simple to use, all in one system to ensure everyone can brew a professional craft beer at home, no matter their brewing experience. This an all-grain brewing system that will yield 5 -6 gallons. The system is very compact with built-in pump, heat coils, thermostat, brain, counter-flow wort chiller, etc. It is very easy to use and easy to clean. For more information, go to the Grainfather website. These are selling for $890.
FALL BREWING CLASSES NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!!!
You can now sign up for our popular fall homebrewing classes! These classes tend to fill up quickly, so you would be advised to act quickly if you are interested. The Early Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 8th. Late Fall classes begin Tuesday, October 20th. We have been offering these classes for about 25 years now, but they have become amazingly popular in the last seven or eight years. The classes run five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning at 7 pm. We brew an intermediate batch the first evening, bottle it the second evening, taste it along with 12 - 14 ales of the world the third evening, taste it again along with 9 - 10 lagers of the world the fourth evening (followed by a field trip to a local craft brewery), and lastly drink (as opposed to "taste") it the fifth evening as we brew an all-grain, scratch recipe. Lots of fun, lots of beer education!
COOL-BREWING FERMENTATION COOLER!
Just arrived! The Cool-Brewing Fermentation Cooler! Simply place your fermenter into the Cool-Brewing Fermentation Cooler, along with a few frozen plastic bottles of water, and away you go! This quality-built fermentation cooler is insulated, completely sealable and specifically designed to control fermentation temperatures while your homemade wine, beer, cider or mead ferments away!. Click here for more details!
PINK MOSCATO HAS ARRIVED!
Our shipment of World Vineyard Pink Moscato has arrived! Description: "Light and refreshing on the palate with flavors of fresh strawberry, raspberry and cherry." This is available only for a short time and is limited to our stock on hand! At $89.99, these will not be around long! Click here for more details.
GRAB LA FORZA WHILE YOU CAN!
The latest addition to the Eclipse line, La Forza, is a limited release kit available while supplies last. A bold full-bodied red wine with a generous amount of oak flavor and finish. Deep ruby color with aromas of plum, smoke and spice. Rich flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and cedar with lingering oak and a dry, firm, long finish. Labels are included. Click Here!
OVERSTOCK SALE ON BARLEYCRUSHERS!
We find ourselves a little overstocked on BarleyCrusher Grain Mills. Rather than waiting around for these to sell down to normal stock levels on their own, we've decided to lop $20 off the regular retail price to prod them along! Our loss is your gain, so if you've been toying around with the idea of owning your own mill, now is the time to act. Once our stock levels drop to more acceptable levels, we'll drop the sale! Click here for more details!
FEATURED RECIPES FOR JULY
It's July on the Gulf Coast! That means heat, rain, humidity & fireworks! As a tribute to Independence Day, we are offering special pricing three American Ale Kits. Choose from:
American Pale Ale
American Amber Ale
American Brown Ale
Not only will you receive our customary $5 off the price of each kit, we will also include a small bag of American Flag Bottle Caps free of charge! Starting this month we will also offer a $2 discount on a featured Dog Day Recipe Kit (our Eight Liter/Two Gallon Mr. Beer Size Kit). This month we are featuring:
Pit Bull Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)
JUST ARRIVED!. . . WORLD VINEYARD 1.65 LITER WINE KITS (FOR ONE GALLON OF WINE)
Interested in learning to make great wine, but tight on space &/or budget? One gallon, 5 bottle wine kit is the perfect started size for consumers wanting to try their hand at winemaking with a minimal investment of money & space. The good folks at Winexpert are releasing the following kits later this month:
World Vineyard Moscato 1.65L Wine Kit (California)
World Vineyard Chardonnay 1.65L Wine Kit (Australia)
World Vineyard Pinot Grigio 1.65L Wine Kit (Italy)
World Vineyard Pinot Noir 1.65L Wine Kit (California)
World Vineyard Merlot 1.65L Wine Kit (Chile)
World Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1.65L Wine Kit (California)
Retail Price for the kits will be $27.99. These will work very well with our One Gallon Boxed Winemaking Kit - specifically designed to go with these WV kits.
SUPER DEAL ON BOTTLE CAPS!
We have purchased nearly a third of a million Ft. Bend Brewing Company bottle caps and are offering these at half the going price for our regular oxygen-scavenging caps: $2.99 per canful (180 - 200 caps)! Because we have so many, we are offering them in bulk for even cheaper pricing: $19.99 for 10 canfuls (about 2,000 caps). If the color of the bottle cap is no big deal to you, save 50% or more off your cap costs!
DON'T FORGET OUR CLEAR LAKE STORE IS OPEN!
The address is: 16532 Sea Lark, Houston TX 77062. Phone (281) 486-1141. Our hours are:
Tuesday - Friday: 11 - 7
Saturday: 10 - 5
Sunday: 12 - 4
P.S. By the way, the sign on the photo has been "photoshop-ed". Any signage must comply with local civic association deed restrictions, so we're flying under the radar now with an indoor banner by one of our windows and a re-purposed banner outside. One more hurdle to clear!
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