Craft beer makers like their brews to reflect the land and flavors of the areas they live in. We make our beers using as many locally-grown hops and other ingredients as we can; as a result, we feel that our customers get to experience the unique flavors of the high desert and the varied landscapes of Nevada.
In a similar fashion, and since it's coming on Mardi Gras season, we thought we'd share a great story out of Arnaudville, LA about three brothers who make beers designed to be quaffed with Cajun foods like gumbo, jamabalaya, and crawfish ettouffe. These beers are, in fact, designed specifically to be part of the meal. And they are made with local ingredients, in the best tradition of craft brewers everywhere.
We hope you enjoy the tale of the Knott brothers and Bayou Teche Brewing. It's a fun read, and it imparts an authentic flavor of life in a unique and wonderful part of the country. Laissez le Bon Temp Rouler!
(photo by Edmund D. Fountain for the New York Times)
A Mardi Gras Beer, Straight From Cajun Country
Beer, it seems, played an important role in the founding of America, even from its first days, according to the blog How Stuff Works. At the time (1620), beer was the beverage of choice for ship borne passengers, because unlike water, it was unfriendly to bacteria and other pathogens that caused humans illness and even death. But the voyage of the Mayflower, as we know from our elementary school days, was fraught with delays and bad luck. The pilgrims didn't make it to America until November, and by then the ship's store of beer was running low. So instead of continuing south to the spot where the ship was supposed to drop anchor, the captain landed at Plymouth Rock to find more water and make more beer. Actually, according to passenger logs, he had the passengers and servants find the water, while the ship's crew continued to enjoy what beer was left. Water was found, more beer made, and those initial travelers would go on to establish the first English colony in America. Proving yet again that, wherever history is found, beer is not far behind. . .
We are proud to introduce our newest brew: M&M Imperial Stout. It's a chocolate stout with an alcohol level of 9.7%. There are only 150 gallons of this amazing brew, so hurry down and get some now. It's named in honor of our dear departed friend Mike McKinnis.
Drinking beer seems so. . . so natural, kind of like breathing, only better. But there are those who feel that some beer lovers are pushing the envelope when it comes to quaffing great brews, thereby diminishing the ultimate pleasures of hops, bubbles and foam. Here is a summary of the five things beer drinkers should not do, with a link to the full story. Give us your thoughts in the comments:
1. Don't frost your glasses.
2. Don't drink it too cold.
3. Don't store beer where light can get to it.
4. Don't keep it too long (we agree with this one - drink it right away).
5. Don't overthink it.
Here's the link to the article.
On December 10, we're releasing the D&D Otteson Apple Ale, in honor of the late Dean Otteson of Tonopah. The apples will originate from Dean and Donna Otteson's ranch, and the hops are grown by owner Fred Cline from Eureka, NV. The beer is fuity, with a lively flavor and 8% ABV. Come by and try some soon!
In the year 1900, just about the time Jim Butler was discovering silver ore on a spot near what is now Tonopah, diners at the swanky Park Avenue Hotel in New York City were making reservations for a Thanksgiving feast. In only seven years, the Mizpah Hotel would open its doors just down the street from the brewery, and its dining room would feature equally lavish menus.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Tonopah Brewing Company!
Though its origins are sketchy, September 7 is designed as National Beer Lovers Day, and it's obviously one of our favorite days.
We know that beer was one of the first drinks developed by humans, though one has to wonder just how that discovery came about (the same holds true for wine). At any rate, we know that ancient Egyptians had beer recipes. We also know that America's founding fathers - at least some of them - were fond of the brew, including a fellow named George Washington.
German immigrants brought their fondness for hardy brews with them in the 1800s, and America has been a major maker and consumer of beer ever since.
That certainly holds true for Tonopah as well. The year Tonopah was founded as a tent city for miners seeking silver fortunes, the first commercial stone building constructed was a brewery. When water is scarce and the source somewhat suspect, beer makes for a reliable (and somewhat more celebratory) way to quench a thirst.
So come by the brewery today and help us raise a pint glass to National Beer Lovers Day. If you can't make it here, just find your own glass or bottle of your favorite brew and drink in good health.
A new batch of Sahti, an ancient Finnish beer, is available for a limited time right now at the brewery. Sahti is unique, to say the least. It's brewed in a trough called a Kuurna, made from white birch, and fermented using baker's yeast. It has a great flavor of Juniper berries and banana. We make this beer exactly the way it was made hundreds of years ago.
There are three dots in our logo. Here’s why:
The first stands for ‘blood,’ a familiar sight for miners, gunslingers and gamblers, Tonopah’s earliest residents.
The second stands for ‘sweat,’ of which there is plenty when you’re trying to take wealth out of the desert soil.
The third dot (our favorite) stands for ‘beers.’ A brewery was the first permanent business in Tonopah, and has always been the favorite drink in this town.
Thus, our motto: “Greatness comes from Blood, Sweat, and Beers!”
Constructed in 1902 by miner William Peck, the small but study home consists of 10,000 bottles that he collected from the plentiful saloons in town. Peck claimed that the bottles served as excellent insulation, and even in the harsh Tonopah winters and blazing summers the home remained very comfortable. The biggest expense was the water used to create the mortar - at that time water was $1.50 a gallon. The home was demolished in the 1980s.