Thursday, February 28, 2008

McCann's New Website

Our official website should be done soon. Stay tuned here for details.
In other news...
We will be having our grand opening week March 17th-23rd. More details soon!
Our new menu is out and it is greatly expanded-come check it out.
Now that the business is out of the way...
Todd from the Cloudy Town Homebrewers club joined me for a brew session yesterday. Good to get to know him a little better. Todd bribed me with his delicious honey from his bee friends for a chance to brew. I believe you can purchase some at the MinnCo homebrew shop in St. Cloud. We hope to use some in future brews.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Friday's Show

Thanks to everyone who came to Cannery Row's show last Friday. We were very pleased with the turn out. I don't think the staff was ready for that many people, so next time we will be more prepared. We have the best fans ever. No lie.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cannery Row Tonight at McCann's!

We will be playing downstairs at McCann's tonight 7-10pm. Hope to see some of you there. If you like roots/Americana music you should enjoy us. For more information on the band see the link to the left.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thanks Barley John's!

It was looking like I wasn't going to squeeze a stout in for St. Patty's this year, but I'm going to put the up coming Doppelschwarzbock on as the regular seasonal and put a stout in it's place for our next dark seasonal release. Now my only problem was I didn't have any roasted barley on hand. I gave a call down to Colin at Barley John's in New Brighton and he was able to part with a bag-yee haw!
So...we will have a stout on for March.
Go visit Barley John's next time you're in their neck of the woods and have a pint or two. The beer is fantastic not to mention the Canadian Bacon/pineapple pizza-seriously you can't get me to eat one of those any where else, but theirs is out of this world.
So far this week I've managed to dislocate my left ring finger sledding with the kids and cutting my pinky open when a mug handle snapped off while I was doing dishes. All this before I play guitar Friday night at McCann's. Oh, did I mention I have a cold also, so singing should be interesting. Hope my band mates can carry me.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

March Mashness/Book Signing

I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the upcoming Cloudy Town Brewers March Mashness home brew competition. It will take place at McCann's March 15th. Check out the clubs link to the left for more details.
Doug Hoverson will be signing his book Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota that day at McCann's. Doug will also give a presentation on Minnesota's brewing history. I'll post the time when it has been confirmed. I read the book cover to cover-it's great and a treasure to any Minnesota beer lover.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Winterfest 2008

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Winterfest was a blast! It was great meeting many of you and we heard some very nice comments on the beer. Our booth was in between Barley John's and Surly (thanks Nick) which was great. So many beers that I didn't get to try, but everything I did sample was fabulous. The Deep Seven IPA was the first to empty for us and the Trippel Trouble followed soon after. We only had a smidge of Prairie Porter left at the end of the night.
Thanks to everyone who paid us a visit. I can't tell you how happy I am to be back brewing and sharing my beer with you.
Photos of the fest below.
The McCann's work force was all smiles.
Myself and Greg are the
"see no evil" monkeys.

What is that strange growth on Greg's shoulder that amazingly looks like Colin from Barley John's?

A busy night.

Pipers are a must have at a beer fest!

A shot from above.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Trippel Trouble on Tap Tomorrow

Our Trippel Trouble will be on tap tomorrow. Here's the skinny:
Belgian Monastery breweries have been making the worlds most interesting beers for many years. Many of these beers are only available inside the monastery walls only for the monks enjoyment. Beers of high strength are brewed to sustain the monks during their fasts. Our Abbey style Trippel is one such beer. Trippel means that it's three times the strength of a regular beer. Brewed with over 900 pounds of the highest quality Belgian malts and candi sugar. Belgian candi sugar looks like "rock candy" and contributes a "rummy" flavor to the beer. A Belgian monastery ale yeast gives this beer a fruity/spicy complexity while maintaining drinkability despite it's strength. Hints of honey, caramel, apricot and a subtle spicyness are experienced in it's flavor. This beer is served unfiltered and pours a tawny gold. A strong, wonderful beer for cold winter evenings.
1.082 O.G.

It was nice meeting with the Cloudy Town Home Brewers last night. I was able to sample some wonderful beers and a great apple/peach still cider. A nice warm up for Winterfest tomorrow.
Hope to meet some blog readers at the fest. If you read this blog, please stop by and say hi. I hope to have photos of the fest up this weekend some time.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Little Abbey Status

If you are a fan of our Little Abbey Ale ya better act fast and get your share before it's gone.
Up next is the Trippel Trouble which is resting nicely in the bright tank.
One correction from the last post: I will be playing the Monticello Dunn Bros. not the Buffalo location.
A big hello to the folks at Brau Bros. Brewing. Thanks for the visit Friday. Dustin's beers are available across the state. Go out and try some and support a local brewery.
If you have never done it, home brewing is a great hobby and a excellent way to learn the art of brewing. The Cloudy Town Home Brew Club will be having their monthly meeting at McCann's Wednesday at 7:30pm. They are very welcoming folks and will help you on your journey to brew wonderful beers. Stop on by-maybe Bruce the president will buy you a beer (it says so in their newsletter).

Friday, February 1, 2008

Growlers For The Big Game

Don't forget to pick up some growlers Saturday for the big game. You could also stop by McCann's for the game-we'll be running $5 craft brew pitchers all day!
I'll be reorganizing our living room, dining room and TV room all weekend. Band practice at my house on Wednesday, so we gotta get it done.
I also picked up a gig next Saturday at the Buffalo Dunn Bros. 11-? with my sister in law. I love last minute shows that are not prepared. Just play what ya know and try to back up the others. Way fun. My first show with my new acoustic guitar, so I'm excited.
Have a good weekend.