On-Site Derivation Blend #10 - Rum Barrels, Kaldi's El Manzano Coffee, Madagascar Vanilla Beans - Oct. 13th & 14th

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Although they are miserable to work with, Rum Barrels continue to surprise me in their ability to add a beautiful, soft and interesting layer to our Imperial Stout recipes.

After Derivation Blend #5, I had almost sworn off using Rum Barrels. They came in with a head-mounted bung (our normal racking tools didn’t work and the hole was a unique size), they leaked an incredible amount, not only losing a lot of beer, but also creating a huge mess, and they were hard to source. However, we recently built a relationship with a new barrel supplier that guaranteed better barrels, and I decided to do a redux of Derivation #5, as it was unique to the whole Derivation series and tasty enough to put in the work again!

Our barrel supplier didn’t let me down and supplied us with some amazing, fresh, high-quality Rum Barrels! Derivation Blend #10 shares the same recipe as Blend #5, it is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout that started as a recipe that I created almost 7 years ago. Of all of our stout recipes, I have brewed more of this one than any other!

After fermenting in stainless with an American yeast strain, this recipe (we call it “Oats/D5" on the recipe sheets) was racked to freshly dumped Rum Barrels and aged for 14 months before we moved it to our brite tank to be finished on a new coffee, a Kaldi’s El Manzano Honey Processed Coffee from El Salvador, and also copious amounts of Madagascar Vanilla Beans. We bottled it in July and allowed it to condition for those 3 months before we determined it ready to be shared. The result is a barrel-aged stout that represents what we believe a Rum Barrel-Aged Derivation should be!

Side Project Derivation Blend #10 will be available for On-Site enjoyment at The Side Project Cellar and Brewery Tasting Room this Saturday, October 13th. We will be allocating bottles for both Saturday and Sunday at the Brewery - so if you plan on visiting either day (Oct. 13th or 14th), I can promise that you will be able to enjoy a bottle. The whole brewing team couldn’t be happier with how these Rum Barrels treated us and how Derivation Blend #10 turned out! We hope to see you this weekend to enjoy, share, sip on our massive Imperial Stout and hope that you enjoy it as much as we enjoy brewing these beers!

Now, it’s time for us to focus on blending Beer : Barrel : Time 2018 ;).

Cheers,
Cory King

Zwanze Day 2018 Updates

Note: Zwanze Day 2018 at Side Project Brewing is a Sold Out event. If you purchased tickets either online or in person, your valid photo ID is your entrance to the event.

Side Project Brewing and The Side Project Cellar are excited to host Zwanze Day 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 29th! Thank you to Cantillon and Shelton Brothers! 

Here is your official Brewery List of Zwanze Day 2018 at Side Project Brewing:

Cantillon!

Side Project

Shared

Suarez

The Rare Barrel

 Narrow Gauge

 Maine Beer Co

 Monkish

Cycle

 Jackie O’s

 Jolly Pumpkin

 Hill Farmstead

Half Acre

 The Civil Life

 De Garde

 Boulevard

 3 Floyds

 Jester King

 Off Color

 Casey

 Tired Hands

 Sante Adarius

 Fonta Flora

 Creature Comforts

 4 Hands

 Firestone Walker

 Perennial

 Crooked Stave

 De La Senne

 The Bruery

 Goose Island

 Oxbow

 2nd Shift

 Funk Factory

. . . and Blueprint Coffee!

More Updates:

- Music will be provided by DJ Makossa!

- Our wonderful Maplewood neighbors Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions and Gus’s Fried Chicken will be serving up delicious food available for purchase.

Reminders:

DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2018

TIME: 12pm to 5pm

(Check in begins at 11:30am, Beer starts flowing at 12pm.)

WORLDWIDE ZWANZE TOAST: 2pm Central Time

WHERE: The Parking Lot of Side Project Brewing: 7458 Manchester Road in Maplewood. There will be Zwanze fun going on inside & outside!

FOKWC RAFFLE: Raffle Tickets can be purchased for $5 each, and 100% of the money raised from the raffle will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer. The Raffle is CASH ONLY. You are welcome to purchase as many raffle tickets as you want – it’s for a great cause! Must be present to win. Raffle winners will be announced at 4:30pm.

More info about this great St. Louis organization is available here: https://www.friendsofkids.com

 

 Questions? Check here for some answers:

1.     PARKING: Parking will not be available in the Side Project Brewing parking lot due to the outdoor set up. Please do NOT park in our neighbors’ private lots and use the public parking provided by the City of Maplewood. Do not park in the Funeral Home lot or the CVS parking lot or any other private parking lots. The large public parking lot right next to The Side Project Cellar is available, and only about 1.5 blocks from Side Project Brewing!

2.     The Side Project Cellar will be CLOSED all day on Saturday, Sept. 29th, for our Zwanze Day celebration taking place at Side Project Brewing. (The SP Cellar will be Open regular hours 1pm to 11pm Friday, Sept. 28th.)

3.     The Side Project Brewing Tasting Room will be CLOSED to the Public on Saturday, Sept. 29th, and only Zwanze Day 2018 ticket holders will have access to the event from 12 to 5pm. (The Side Project Brewing tasting room will be Open regular hours 12pm to 7pm Sunday, Sept. 30th.) 

4.     We will have Zwanze 2018 (designed by Tim Bottchen!) shirts available for purchase (Unisex Sizes XS – 3XL)

5.     Additional Zwanze 2018 glassware will be available for purchase.

6.     If you break your Zwanze Day glass, you will be given a plastic cup. You are welcome to purchase a new glass if you choose to. 

7.     The “everyday” Side Project merch (glassware, shirts, bottle openers, etc…) will also be available for purchase just like normal!

8. The current To-Go Bottle and Can list is also available for purchase just like normal!

9.     This event will take place rain or shine. 

10.    No Refunds. 

11.    Tickets are Non-Transferable. 

12.    Bring a valid photo ID to Zwanze Day for entrance. The purchased ticket name must match the name on your photo ID.

13.    Only folks with a Zwanze Day 2018 Ticket will be permitted in the event. Using a Designated Driver is a wonderful idea, and we invite you to do so! But please have your designated driver enjoy their afternoon elsewhere and come pick you up later. We also encourage ticket purchasers to use Uber, Lyft or any taxi service. Be Smart! 

14.     There will be additional restrooms available. 

15.     Remember that appropriate “beer festival” etiquette is expected at our Zwanze Day 2018 Celebration. Please be respectful. 

17.     Still have a question? Please direct your inquiry to zwanze@sideprojectbrewing.com.

 

Thank you so much! See you Saturday!

Merci Blend #4 - Blend Information and Release Details

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Merci started as a blending project for our friends Paul Hayden and the crew of The Wine & Cheese Place in St. Louis. Before Side Project was what it is today, Paul always believed in us, generously helping us source unique barrels for projects (like Weller barrels for Derivation Blend #2) before we had even sold a drop of beer! To say the least, we have always been grateful for our friends at The Wine & Cheese Place and the idea of Merci - "thank you" - was conceived to give back to them without relying on their barrels.

Merci is a blended Missouri Wild Ale in which every blend has been unique. The foundation for this beer has always been un-fruited, blond Saisons and Wild Ales that focus on vinous characters that exemplify not only our love of wine, but that of the crew of The Wine & Cheese Place as well. The focus is simplistic blends that provide incredible depth and a fun, unique palate experience that showcases Side Project characteristics.

For the first two blends, I blended them alone, from a couple of small barrels, creating some great, but limited releases. For the past two blends, as we have been able to grow into a more comfortable size, we have used this blending session as a charitable donation (we auctioned off the blending session for Blend #3 for charity) and for a reward for The Wine & Cheese Place's best BRC (Beer Rewards Club) members (Blend #4). 

Several months ago, we got together with The Wine & Cheese Place and some of their BRC members, sat down to samples of mature, blending ready beers that I had drawn from oak, and let everyone blend what they thought was best. I had everyone keep their blending notes, as I wanted do the final blend several days later and have them compare their notes to see how close they matched up to my final blend. The Blend information for Blend #4 is as follows:

- 43.6% of our Foedre Blond - 5 years of solera method in a french oak foedre
- 39.8% of #40 - 12 months in french oak puncheons (Blended 2017 recipe and processes)
- 8.7% of Foedre Terry - 8 months in french oak foedre (collaboration recipe with de Garde)
- 7.9% of Oude Fermier - barrel fermented and aged 18 months in french oak

Merci will be available to-go exclusively through The Wine & Cheese Place locations starting on Monday, September 10th. Check out their blog for details! http://blog.wineandcheeseplace.com/2018/07/side-project-merci-batch-4.html

Another benefit of working with them on this release is their ability to ship directly to many places around the country! We are always asked to ship beer to our fans, but legally, a brewery is not allowed to do so in the state of Missouri, but some retailers are! So, this release is a rare opportunity to have Side Project beers sent directly to your home (depending on where you live - please see The Wine & Cheese Place policies to verify). 

We will save a limited number of bottles to have available for on-site enjoyment at both The Side Project Brewery and The Side Project Cellar in the coming weeks. 

Thanks again for your love and support of our small, niche brewery. Hope that you enjoy Merci Blend #4 and many thanks to Paul Hayden and everyone at The Wine & Cheese Place.

Cheers,
Cory King

Boulevard Love Child Night is Wed, Sept. 5th, at 4pm!

Please join us for Boulevard Love Child Night at The Side Project Cellar Wed., Sept. 5th! Ryan McNeive (Boulevard Lead Brewer - Barrel Program) will be joining us for the draft release of the first St. Louis keg of Love Child No. 9! We'll also be tapping for the very first time our Side Project / Boulevard Collaboration Copains ("Buddies" in French) - Both kegs tapped at 4pm! 

Side Project is thrilled to welcome Ryan and the Boulevard crew for the tapping of the newest release in the delicious Love Child series. Thank you and see you Wednesday! 

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2018 at Side Project Brewing!

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Side Project Brewing and The Side Project Cellar are honored and excited to host Zwanze Day 2018! Thank you to Cantillon and Shelton Brothers! 

For information about this year’s Cantillon Zwanze beer, you can visit the facebook page for Brasserie Cantillon: https://www.facebook.com/110627652322553/photos/pcb.1955884334463533/1955880847797215/?type=3&theater

DETAILS: 

DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2018

TIME: 12pm to 5pm

(Check in begins at 11:30am, Beer starts flowing at 12pm.)

WORLDWIDE ZWANZE TOAST: 2pm Central Time

WHERE: The Parking Lot of Side Project Brewing: 7458 Manchester Road in Maplewood. There will be Zwanze fun going on inside & outside!

TICKETS: $110* Each ($75 Zwanze Day Ticket + $35 Side Project Beer) 

*Our Zwanze Tickets have always been $75, but the past two years, we've offered the surprise purchase of a delicious Side Project beer during Zwanze Day! The purchasing of this beer has always been a little hectic toward the end of the event, so we've decided to alleviate that craziness. The surprise beer will already be paid for - you'll only have to pick it up! Hence the $110 price this year - we are asking you to make one purchase all at once, instead of two separate purchases. (The Zwanze Day ticket price is non-negotiable. You cannot purchase a $75 ticket without the $35 beer.)

FOOD: Some wonderful Maplewood food vendors will be celebrating Zwanze Day with us! Food is NOT included in the price of the ticket. Food will be available for purchase (Cash or Credit).

BEER LIST IN PROGRESS: Whoop whoop! We will have beer from the following breweries & more. Thank you to our dear friends in this wonderful business who have agreed to let us purchase their delicious beers for our celebration!

-      Cantillon Zwanze 2018!

-      Additional Cantillon kegs!

-      Side Project

-      Shared

-      Maine Beer Co.

-      Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

-      Monkish

-      Off Color

-      Creature Comforts

-      de Garde

-      Hill Farmstead

-      Suarez Family Brewery

-      Casey Brewing & Blending

-      The Rare Barrel

-      Jackie O’s

-      Jester King

-      3 Floyds

-      The Civil Life

-      Narrow Gauge

… and MORE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE WEEKS AHEAD! 

 

OUR FOKWC MAGNUM RAFFLE RETURNS!

Our raffle benefitting an amazing local organization called Friends of Kids with Cancer is returning! We will be raffling off some MAGNUMS from Side Project & MAGNUMS from some other INCREDIBLE BREWERY FRIENDS!

Raffle Tickets can be purchased for $5 each, and 100% of the money raised from the raffle will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer. The Raffle is CASH ONLY. You are welcome to purchase as many raffle tickets as you want – it’s for a great cause! Must be present to win. Raffle winners will be announced at 4:30pm.

More info about this great St. Louis organization is available here: https://www.friendsofkids.com

 

Ticket Information:

-      Ticket includes (1) Zwanze 2018/Side Project glass

-      Ticket includes (1) small pour of Cantillon Zwanze 2018

-      Ticket includes unlimited samples of beers being poured at Zwanze Day while they last. (You are not guaranteed a pour of every single beer. Similar to a beer festival, there will be delicious beer all around & you are invited to sample whatever you want!)

-      Ticket includes (1) Bottle of a Surprise To-Go Side Project Beer! This beer is included in the price of the ticket this year. 

-      Tickets will be sold (1) per person. If you purchase more than (1) ticket, we will cancel all your tickets and re-sell them at The Side Project Cellar. 

-      Tickets are Non-Refundable. 

-      Tickets are Non-Transferable. 

-      Ticket Purchasers are required to be 21 years old.

-      A Valid Photo ID is required for entry into Zwanze Day.

 

How to Purchase Tickets:

There are two ways to purchase Zwanze Day 2018 Tickets: (1) Inside The Side Project Cellar and (2) Online via our website: 

1.    A portion of tickets will be sold inside The Side Project Cellar during our Open Hours at a random time on a random day. We will tweet from @SideProjectCell when they are available. 1 ticket per person – no exceptions. You must be present with a valid ID to purchase your ticket. (AKA if you send your Grandma Lou to purchase your ticket at The Side Project Cellar, then your Grandma Lou gets to attend Zwanze Day, not you.)

2.    A portion of tickets will be sold online starting this week in our Side Project online shop:  http://www.sideprojectbrewing.com/shop/ There will be TWO opportunities to purchase online tickets. This is not a lottery - If you purchase a ticket before it sells out on one of the two online-selling occasions, then we will see you at Zwanze Day! We will not tweet any advanced notice, we will only tweet from @SideProjectCell when they are available for sale. 1 ticket per person – no exceptions.

-      In the past, online tickets have sold out very quickly. Please note that you may have the ticket placed in your online “cart” (along with many other people), but you must complete your transaction and receive an email confirmation to have successfully purchased an online ticket to Zwanze Day. Once you receive that confirmation email, then we were emailed your name and you successfully purchased a ticket!

-      If the Tickets say “Sold Out” in the Shop then they are currently not available for purchase. 

-      Reminder that if you purchase more than 1 ticket, we will cancel ALL your tickets.

-      Please keep in mind that we are trying to offer tickets in the fairest way we can think of while also managing the high traffic either online or inside The SP Cellar. Thank you for your understanding.

-      Please note that any tweets about ticket selling or Zwanze updates will be from the @SideProjectCell Twitter account – this is the account that Karen manages. Just easier to do it all from one account! 

 

Questions? Check here for some answers:

1.     PARKING: Parking will not be available in the Side Project Brewing parking lot due to the outdoor set up. Please do NOT park in our neighbors’ private lots and use the public parking provided by the wonderful City of Maplewood. Do not park in the CVS parking lot or any other private parking lots. The large public parking lot right next to The Side Project Cellar is available, and only about 1.5 blocks from Side Project Brewing!

2.     The Side Project Cellar will be CLOSED all day on Saturday, Sept. 29th, for our Zwanze Day celebration taking place at Side Project Brewing. (The SP Cellar will be Open regular hours 1pm to 11pm Friday, Sept. 28th.)

3.     The Side Project Brewing Tasting Room will be Closed to the Public on Saturday, Sept. 29th, and only Zwanze Day 2018 ticket holders will have access to the event from 12 to 5pm. (The Side Project Brewing tasting room will be Open regular hours 12pm to 7pm Sunday, Sept. 30th.) 

4.     We will have new Zwanze 2018 (designed by Tim Bottchen!) shirts available for purchase (Unisex Sizes XS – 3XL)

5.     Additional Zwanze 2018 glassware will be available for purchase.

6.     If you break your Zwanze Day glass, you will be given a plastic cup. You are welcome to purchase a new glass if you choose to. 

7.     The “everyday” Side Project merch (glassware, shirts, bottle openers, etc…) will also be available for purchase just like normal!

8.     This event will take place rain or shine. 

9.     No Refunds. 

10.    Tickets are Non-Transferable. 

11.     You must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket.

12.    Bring a valid photo ID to Zwanze Day for entrance. The purchased ticket name must match the name on your photo ID.

13.    Only folks with a Zwanze Day 2018 Ticket will be permitted in the event. Using a Designated Driver is a wonderful idea, and we invite you to do so! But please have your designated driver enjoy their afternoon elsewhere and come pick you up later. We also encourage ticket purchasers to use Uber, Lyft or any taxi service. Be Smart! 

14.     There will be additional restrooms available. 

15.     There will be plentiful water and Busch for hydration :)

16.     Remember that appropriate “beer festival” etiquette is expected at our Zwanze Day 2018 Celebration. Please be respectful. 

17.     Still have a question? Please direct your inquiry to zwanze@sideprojectbrewing.com.

 

The Side Project Cellar & Side Project Brewing are thrilled to be hosting Cantillon Zwanze Day 2018! And we are so excited for you to join us on Zwanze Day! Thank you!

With Love, Hugs & Fannypack Fashion Shows (coming soon), 

Rachel, Karen and the Side Project Team