August Updates

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything up here.  The Bucket Brewery took a break from production for a few weeks due to the heat.  With temps in the upper 80s and into the 90s it was just about impossible to keep the brewery cool.  For those who aren’t familiar with the brewing process, yeast are fickle creatures.  When the fermentation temperatures get too high they get very unhappy and start throwing off all sorts of off flavors (called esthers) and undesired alcohols that taste funny and can leave you with a nasty hangover!  Unfortunately this problem with the heat claimed the IPA we had brewed up.  So, we decided to hold off for a while.

With cooler weather now upon us, we spent the morning cooking up a half batch of our saison.  The yeast in saison is a little more tolerant of the heat than our IPA yeast so if temps creep back up, we should still get a good beer.  If things keep like they’ve been it’ll be fine too.  As temperatures drop in the Fall, we’ll be back to the planned levels of production and readying fresh batches of IPA, Maple Stout and more.

Now, time off from brewing doesn’t mean we’ve been sitting around doing nothing.  Much attention has been paid to polishing the process and tweaking all of our equipment to make the brew days work flawlessly.  Today’s batch put all of that hard work to the test and everything went exactly as planned!

Earlier this month, Pawtucket mayor Don Grebian stopped by to see the place and learn a little bit more about us and our plans.  It was great to meet him.  He was very supportive and let us know that the city was ready to help in any way possible.  It feels good to have that kind of support behind us.

We’ve also started meeting with distributors to find someone who we think we can work well with.  There are a few more meetings lined up in the coming weeks and hopefully we’ll get that part of the business squared away.

We also poured some sample beer at a fundraiser for my good friend Dan’s cycling team, Hot Giraffe, to support their 125 mile AIDS benefit ride from Boston to Provincetown.  Dan lost a family member to AIDS and has been doing this ride to help prevent other people from having to go through that.  If you want to contribute to this good cause, you can donate at the Harbor to Bay website.

Well, that’s about it for this week.  Hopefully Fall will bring lots of new updates and the release of our beers to local bars and restaurants.  Stay tuned!