Bavarian Barbarian Releases New Beer - Not...

25 June 2008

From Mike Hiller:

Oops...Never mind. I spoke with Mike today (6/26) and he was not happy with the Square Feet Wheat. The entire batch will be dumped down the drain and he's reworking the recipe. Stay tuned !

I haven't written a press release yet, but I just transferred the Square Feet Wheat to the finishing tanks to carbonate and it should be finished by tomorrow. So far, it tastes pretty good. Preliminary taste tests with raspberry and woodruff syrups have been promising. The wheat beer itself is decent. I was originally going to go for a true Berliner Weisse, but handling a bacterial yeast is much to advanced for our facility right now. That being said, the wheat beer is a pretty standard one - a slight tart finish, but not really packed with flavor. It's definitely a nice vehicle for the syrups.

6 comments (click to read or post):

stingo 26 June, 2008 13:32  

Ouch - that's gotta hurt. Still, kudos to him for not putting out an inferior product.

sam k,  26 June, 2008 14:32  

What can you say? It's a sad thing to have to dump batches down the tubes, but that's better than hurting your reputation by selling it to the public. I would assume, however, that there is information and assistance out there from the brewing community that would minimize or eliminate this from happening in a startup operation that could seriously use the cash flow that just swirled down the drain.

Ten barrel brewery? $140 a half-barrel? $2800 in gross income isn't easy to dump, and should be easier to avoid entirely, one would think.

mybeerbuzz,  26 June, 2008 15:44  

I offered to rush down with a pint glass and a straw...but it was too late. Hopefully the next batch will be better. By the way I did not get the impression it was awful, just not up to the standards of the beer Mike was trying to brew.

ClockworkOrange 26 June, 2008 21:33  

So why not just give it away?

mybeerbuzz,  27 June, 2008 07:52  

If I brewed a beer I wasn't hapy with I wouldn't want my name on it...especially if giving it away meant people would not be buying my other beers...I'm sure the next batch will be even better...

ClockworkOrange 01 July, 2008 22:08  

All valid points Bil. I suppose Mike made the right decision. I'm looking forward to trying the Square Feet Wheat V2.0...

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