Saturday, March 29, 2014

The First Walls of Eternity Brewing

Just thought we would share our progress from this week with you! We have a few walls going up now and things are getting cleared away. Here are a few pictures of the place now!

The Taproom... Eventually

 Cleaning up

Hey cool! We have an office!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We are Brewers and Writers (who knew!?)

Check it out – we started writing articles for the Inside Howell magazine and Brighton Monthly magazine! If you get these publications, be sure to look for our articles! The March issue was just mailed out and here is what it looks like:

Throughout 2012-2013, my husband and I took a class for our business. No, it wasn’t a social media “how to class” nor was it a “Write a Business Plan in 5 Steps” class. It was a beer tasting and judging class. The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) is a formal way to recognize beer styles, classify a beer, and grade the beer based on the style description. There are five main elements to judging a beer: aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression. Everyone has different talents for perceiving aromas and flavors, so the classes helped us to understand what we were strong at and what we really needed to focus on to pick out.

We tasted every style while we were in those classes so that we could be prepared for the BJCP exams. Yes - exams, plural. The first part of the examination is an online multiple choice, timed test that is meant to see if you know styles and descriptors well enough to continue through the program. Once we passed that test, we took the tasting exam. We were given six beer samples and 15 minutes each to swirl, taste, and furiously write everything we could perceive down onto the paper in front of us. It was an intense 90 minutes!

Once we turned in our exam pages, we had to wait five months for the results in the mail. They sent us both a packet with our overall score and a thorough critique on our judging skills. The bottom line for us though? We passed! We are now officially recognized BJCP judges! We plan to use the skills we obtained to make great recipes as we start up our microbrewery, Eternity Brewing, in Howell and to host our own tasting classes to pass on the knowledge that we have obtained.

You can find the article on page 12 of the Inside Howell magazine online here:


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Step one of renovating the brewery: The Starting Point

It took several meetings and several iterations to the brewery layout plans, but we have found the right path and we are heading down it. The first stop along that path is demolition and lots and lots of clean up! Here are some photos of the brewery in the beginning so you can follow along with us in this journey!

 Welcome to the Brewery!

 The Taproom 

The Big Picture: In the beginning...
This will be a picture of a brewhouse one day... 
 And this will be a picture of a bar and taps someday...