Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Am A Craft Brewer

Hop of the Month


This green bine cultivar was released in May 1985 in Washington State and Idaho from a cross between a Petham Golding and a USDA-selected male. Its alpha acid content ranges from 12 to 14 %. Chinook hops have a strong and distinctive pine-like aroma and flavor that is not common among other varieties. They are also somewhat spicy with a mild fruitiness similar to that of other Northwest hops (Cascade, Columbus, Centennial). Substitutes for bittering: Eroica, Galena, Nugget. Substitutes for aroma and flavor: Southern Cross, Sticklebract. The distinctive aroma and flavor make these hops best suited for hoppy American ales, but may be used as bittering hops for English or European beers.


  • Typical Use : All-Purpose
  • Alpha Acid : 12 - 14%
  • Beta Acid : 3 - 4%
  • Origination : Northwest USA
  • Characteristics : Pine, Resiny, spicy, mild citrus
  • Styles : American Pale/Brown Ale, American IPA


Self-proclaimed "Greatest prospector in the North" or Brewer?

You ain't Foolin' me!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brewing 101: The Hot Break

Hot break is the protein that coagulates as foam on top of the wort before the boil starts, and as it reaches a boil it "breaks" due to its collected mass and falls out to the bottom of the kettle.

As you can see in the video the brewer, Kyle aka Yukon Cornelius, constantly stirs as the wort, unfermented beer, comes to a boil.  As the wort comes to a boil the hot break rises to the top of the boil kettle resembling the meringue on top of a pie.  Stirring breaks up the protein that coagulates on top of the wort.  If the brewer does not stir, there is a risk of boil over.  It has happened to most brewers, resulting in wort ruthlessly boiling over the sides of the boil kettle like the Mongol hoard over the Jin Capitol City walls, only leaving behind the sticky remnants of your tactical error, MUAHAHAHAH.  Anyways, wash your coffee cup, tip your waitress, and always STIR YOUR WORT!!!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kegging Beer Ain't So Bad

Kegging the Semi-Automatic Hop Gun...SON!!!!

Our Neighbors,

Calling all HOP HEADS!!!!

New from the front lines::

B&J's Brew Crew has been knee deep in vegetative matter known as Humulus Lupulus, aka HOPS! Prepare to marinate your palate on February 29th with the Semi Automatic Hop Gun!  Upon drinking this beverage beware of the side effects of sipping the Hop Gun, you may lose your mind....

As our brothers from Sonoma said "Life is uncertain, Don't sip."  -Lagunitas Brewing Co.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hairy Porter

Ask and you shall receive, Hairy Porter is back on draft! Don't miss out on this delicious beverage this time. We will see you at B & J's on Staples St.

B & J's Pizza Brewery Montage

B & J's Pizza Brewery Montage