About a week ago, I got a chance to do something I thought I never would: brewing beer at a brewery. I reviewed beers from freetail before and written about them. I’ve gotten to know Jason Davis a little over the last year or more and have always wanted to try my hand at helping out at a brewery. Learning from the professionals. I got my chance a little over a week ago.
What is John doing?
I arrived a little before 9 a.m. Jason had already started the mash, so I was a little behind. As I walked in Jason said ‘Hi, come on back’, but looked not my direction, as he was busy stirring the mash. As I walked into the brewing room and around the mash tun, he said come on up, ‘it’s you’re turn to stir’. I’ve been homebrewing for a little while, however this was going to be something very new for me. A giant leap in my brewing education.
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Yesterday was a day indeed. After spending a couple of hours bottling my Coffee Porter Friday night, I was tired. Then the time spent ordering more homebrew equipment and ingrediants for the next batches..whew!
I did find a way to get the kiddos to their rocket launches, piano lessons and other shenanigans! In the middle of all this, I did find a few moments to stop by my favorite brewpub in South Texas, Freetail Brewing Co., for their February 2010 Beer and Cheese Tasting. As always, brewmaster Jason Davis did a fantastic job (I still need to chronicle my brewing adventure with him).
3 courses, 3 cheeses and 3 of Freetail’s intoxicating elixers…
A nice and simple plate
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What has become part one of my experience with Pavil Restaurant was entitled ‘Brasserie Pavil – Not your Average French Restaurant’ and posted on UpTake.com. Recently however, they have gone through a name change. What was once Brasserie Pavil, is now Pavil Restaurant and Bar. This will serve to be part two. In part one, I spoke of Pavil’s monthly beer dinners, their focus on craft beer and the Stone Brewing Co beer dinner I attended earlier this month. In this article I’ll speak more of the Stone dinner, as well as my talk with Pavil’s manager Luciano Ciorciari.
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- This was originally written and post by myself on Uptake.com on Feb 14, 2010 13:05 – By: Jeremybanas
- Tucked somewhat away from from the highway at 818 North Loop 1604 W in the Northwest part of San Antonio, is a little known French Restaurant called Brasserie Pavil. You may as well throw out your preconceptions of this establishment with the bath water, as they will change what you think of high-end French dining and cuisine. When I came here about a week ago, it was to attend a beer dinner. That’s right, I said a beer dinner. So what may you ask, is a French Restaurant doing hosting a beer dinner? Let’s find out.
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