Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More preparations for Sandkerwa.

Following is the memo I sent to the pub & pizzeria servers about Sandkerwa's opening day on Thursday. In other news, Schlenkerla Marzen kegs made it down in time for Sandkerwa (thanks Mat & Jen) and my favorite is back on tap. As a reminder, the Anstich schedule for the weekend is ...

One to be tapped on Thursday, September 24:
Mahr's Brau Ungespundet Lager ... Mahrs Bräu, Bamberg

Two to be tapped on Friday, September 25:
Fischer Rauchbier ... Brauerei Fischer, Greuth
Zum Grunen Baum Landbier ... Brauerei-Gasthof Zum Grunen Baum (Bayer), Rauhenebrach-Theinheim

One to be tapped on Saturday, September 26:
Lindenbräu Vollbier ... Lindenbräu, Gräfenberg



Sandkerwa begins today at the Pub and Pizzeria, and it is the usual routine, with points of emphasis in this e-mail. I'm including the Bank Street servers on this message so that they can get a glimpse of some of the things happening at Grant Line.

All pours except for Kulmbacher Eisbock are priced on 1/2 liter (16.9 oz), and we got in extra glassware for the purpose. Eisbock is a stronger beer and is a 10 ounce pour.

The main feature of this Sandkerwa is the use of "Anstich" kegs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These are kegs propped up on the cask cabinet and poured like the little wooden pins we do from time to time. This is the way many of the small pubs do it in northern Bavaria (Franconia), the region around Bamberg.

Once the seal is breached, we have to sell them all very fast, preferably in one night. We have twelve different ones of these, with the plan being to pour 1 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and 1 on Saturday, on three consececutive weekends. That comes to 12.

The beer from these containers is being priced very reasonably at $5 (basically, 30% off), so it is very important for the servers to inform the customers about this option. It's the first time this large a shipment of beers from the contryside in northern Bavaria has ever come to the USA, and we're one of the few places to get them. There will be 40 pours in each, based on a half-liter.

There is a Sandkerwa brochure at the printer. It will be delivered later this afternoon. Please take time to read the list of German beer definitions. You don't have to pronounce them right, just know what the styles imply, i.e., Ungespundet refers to a method of cellaring that yields a very minimal carbonation level. Pils should be hoppy, and Scharzbier black. And so on.



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