The new year started off pretty hot here in Adelaide with scorching temperatures all last week. Here at Pirate Life we didnt let that stop us as we barrelled into 2017, brewing into the new fermenters that were delivered just before Christmas.
To help the boys over in Pack Town keep up with all that beer we have also commissioned our new six pack applicator. This nifty little piece of equipment means that we can pack faster and easier, letting the boys concentrate on the important stuff: ensuring that our canning lines are running as smooth as possible. Meaning that our beer will stay even fresher even longer.
For the first trip of this year Jack cruised over to NZ for a bit of a holiday and while he was there he dropped into Plant and Food Research down in Nelson to check out how the 2017 hop crop is coming along. Plant and Food Research’s Resident Knight of the Order of Hop (actual award) Dr Ron Beatson specialises in developing new hop cultivars and Jack was lucky enough to get a tour around the facility and check out what is going on in the world of hops.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without beer festivals and there are plenty on around the country this month. This weekend we are at the Esk BeerFest in Launceston, Tasmania. The festival kicks off Beer Lovers Week and runs over two days starting Friday 13 of January. From there you can follow the Tasmanian Beer Trail down the island to the Hobart BeerFest on January 27 and 28. Both festivals feature beers from all around Tasmania and Australia as well as a bunch of delicious food, live music, comedy, roaming performers, burlesque dancers and brewer master-classes.
Next weekend we will be in Ballarat for the Ballarat Beer Festival. Come say gday on January 21 as we join over 100 other craft breweries in the heart of Ballarat for a day of beer, wine, food, live music and a bunch of beer education sessions. This is the second year we have made our way over the border for this one and if last years was anything to go by it should be a cracker.
Looks like 2017 is gonna be alright…