Friday, October 6th, 2017

Barrel-Aged Beer Day, Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin and your backyard brewery

Ron Swarner

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MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, OCT. 6 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the hamster bartenders. …

Today is Barrel-Aged Beer Day. Looking for ways to celebrate? Click here.

Today, Black Raven Brewing releases this year’s version of Festivus, the Redmond, Washington brewery’s annual holiday beer with cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices.

Saturday, Oct. 7, Atwood Ales Farm Brewery in Blaine, Washington is set to release two fresh hops ales produced using hops harvested from their own hopyard, just hundreds of feet away from their brewhouse.

With an infusion of local roast coffee, a dash of cocoa nibs and touch of seasonal sorcery, Firestone Walker’s signature Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout has been transformed into Mocha Merlin, which awaits in Peaks and Pints’ cooler.

It has never been so easy to start your own beer company. A Czech firm is selling professional beer-making sets that fit in a backyard but can produce commercial quantities of brew. The mobile breweries sold by Well Service are a far cry from the kits typically made for home use. They cost $143,500, weigh 6,614 pounds and can generate 11,550 gallons of beer a year.

Founded in 1992 by Point Loma native Jack White, Home Brew Mart was not only the incubator that later spawned Ballast Point, it was also a kind of “brewing university” where young brewer-employees like Yuseff Cherney (Ballast Point/Cutwater Spirits), Tom Nickel (O’Brien’s Pub and Nickel Beer Co.), and Cy Henley (Amplified) learned, experimented, and exchanged ideas with fellow brewers throughout San Diego.

Check out adorable hamster bartenders serving tiny food and drinks.

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