04/27/2012 | Zoo with Friends
Recently I asked a couple of friends of zoowithroy.com if they would want to come in to design, brew a beer, and enter into a competition amongst each other. Those friends were Ryan @petzrawr, Craney @cranekicker, and Alexandra @Alex_Reardon. Petz brewed a Czech Pilsner and naturally named it @petzrawr Pilsner, Alex will be brewing a Bock and naturally she called Instigator because she starts trouble and Craney is brewing a beer with Sorachi Ace hops (Japanese hops) and calling it Aka-Oni (The Red Devil, Charlie Manuels nickname when he played in Japan). All three will be released separately, but on Friday, July 27th at 5 p.m. all three beers will be on tap. The competition will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 27th and here is how it works. When you come in you can vote for one of the three beers and at 9 p.m. when we stop the voting, the beer with the most votes wins(hopefully we kick a keg so we have a clear winner). If you voted for that beer you have a chance to win the grand prize. We’ll pull one ticket from the winning beers ticket basket and you win the opportunity to come in to design your own beer, brew it, and name it. As an extra bonus you will also win a $200.00 StubHub gift certificate, which you will OBVIOUSLY use to go see your Fightin’ Philadelphia Phillies.
I asked each of the guest brewers to write a little something for the blog after they brew. First up is Petz, whose beer goes on tap tomorrow at 5 p.m. Here is what he had to say about his brew day.
“I was ecstatic when Vince invited me to Iron Hill to brew my very own beer. I was less ecstatic when he told me a few days before I was scheduled to come in and brew just how much work was going to be involved in the process. I don’t know what exactly I expected, but whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t 10 hours of hard labor.
I’m a beer-lover. I thought I knew all there was to know about the process. But when Vince started describing all the variables that went into making this Pilsner, I started flashing back to chemistry class. I didn’t exactly think this dude sat around knocking back beers all day or anything, but I didn’t know he works as hard as he does to produce these brews for us. It’s unbelievable.
I think you’re really going to like Petzrawr Pilsner. I wanted to create a beer that wasn’t too heavy but wasn’t too bland. Most of all, I wanted a beer that was refreshing. Basically, I wanted something that I could drink a bunch of on a hot summer day as I listen to the Phillies on the radio in my back yard. I think we’ve done that with Petzrawr Pilsner.”
There you have it kids. Stay tuned for the release dates of Alex’s And Craney’s beers. Oh ZWR, I didn’t forget about you. Lookin good hammer!