Our original hopes of trading for Christmas had been well and truly shot, well before Christmas. Our only real remaining dream is that by Christmas we will have our new equipment.
Our supplier said that we should have it 8 weeks from order. That should have been about the first week of December. We really have plenty of other things to worry about like finishing our construction. Insurance. Leases. Kegs. And our producers and excise licenses.
I was determined to get the producers application in before Christmas and being that we received Simons RSA and our DA there was nothing stopping me!
I hooked in and got it together. With the producers license application almost complete I came across and interesting line. "Include a copy of your CIS (community impact study)"
WTF! Turns out a CIS involves a tonne of work and time. I assessed the pain it would cause and started the process... It was horrible... I called the OGLR (office of gaming liqueur and racing) to clarify a couple of horrible processes and (I may have vented a bit...). Then they tell me that even though the form says it's required, they will ask for it if they want it... Talk about dodging a bullet!
So the application got submitted in the second week of December. Just 1 big application to go now!
Our equipment however remains AWOL...
Indian Pale Ales (IPA) are heavy on the hop side. The red IPA hails from the United States and, therefore, they are even hoppier than their father, the English IPA. As a rule of thumb, the IPA has a higher alcohol content than its pale ale lineage, however, for the red IPA, we can also factor in the fact that red ales are also generally brewed stronger than their pale ale counterparts. This makes for a strong beer in a red IPA.
Hefeweizen is a straw coloured, usually hazy beer which is very attractive when served in the traditional Bavarian hefeweizen glass in the summer sunshine. Hefeweizens are made with at least 50% wheat in the mash and are not found to be brimming with hops, the flavours mainly come from the yeast instead. You see “Weizen” means wheat (you might remember that from our Dunkelweizen article) and “hefe” means yeast. These, as said, are the main two flavour components of a hefeweizen and the yeast used adds distinct clove and banana notes. Making these beers the perfect, easy drinking beverage in the sunshine.