I’m so proud…

Just got the news that my friend and colleague Walter Wallner won a couple blue ribbons and the Brewmaster’s Cup at the Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrewers’ Competition. Walter won a 1st place for his Munich Helles lager and for his Vienna lager, the Vienna also won the Brewmaster’s Cup, which means that he will get a chance to brew it on a larger scale at the Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington. Seeing that Walter is from Austria, who better to win with a Vienna? I’d like to say that I had a lot to do with Walter’s success, but in reality all I did was make sure his entries got to the competition safely…  Nice going, mein freund!

Another of my friends and shop customers, Ben Linehan, won a 2nd place for his Dusseldorfer Altbier – again, well done!

See the complete results of the competition here.

Don’t get too excited…

Just found out that Sierra Nevada is doing three more Anniversary beers, to follow up on the amazing Imperial Stout that none of us could get enough of a couple weeks ago… See the website for more info, but basically they will be bringing out an Imperial Helles lager brewed by Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhardt (two of the pioneers of the home brewing renaissance); a Barleywine brewed by Jack MacAuliffe of New Albion; and an oak-aged blended ale, part Bigfoot, part Celebration Ale, part freshly brewed Pale Ale… Watch your local beer store for these releases, they WILL be amazing, I guarantee…

Public Speaking

Today I was the invited guest of the Randolph VT chapter of Rotary International. After lunch and announcements, etc. (not sure how much of the Rotary’s business is secret, so I won’t go into much detail!) I was introduced and gave a 15-minute speech on my background, my interest in brewing, a brief history of beer, and a plug for the South Royalton Market’s Home Brew Department. Attached is a copy of that speech (more or less, I know I improvised a little from these notes…), if anyone is interested.

Thanks again to Jennie Martin for inviting me, and to the Rotarians for being such a polite audience.