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Someone told me today that what was happening at Beancurdturtle Brewing wasn't really clear, because I hadn't made an announcement. So, here goes...

Thanks to the generous support of Sublime Imports, Beancurdturtle Brewing LLC is an actual Gypsy Brewer. As real as any other Gypsy Brewer like Mikkeller, Pretty Things, and such - just fewer batches. I traveled to Spain in late November and concept collaboration brewed with two craft breweries to produce two fine beers that will be imported into the US. The Beancurdturtle Brewing logo will be on the label of beers at your favorite bottle shop, and the beer will be on draft at some exclusive craft beer venues.

The first, named "Valencia Saison", is a Saison with Valencian orange peel, rose hips, and orange blossom honey. I tried this off the fermenter, and was really pleased with everything about it. It's already conditioning in bottles and kegs - and the feedback from people who have tried it is very good. It should be available in the US, in two to three months, in limited markets. This beer was brewed at Premium Beers from Spain, the makers of unique and delicious craft beers like La Socarrada and Er Boquerón.

The second, as yet un-named, is a hybrid Robust Porter targeted to complement the characters of the Rioja wine barrels that it is now aging in. It should be chocolaty caramel rich, and carry the berry (red wine) and wood characters from the barrels very well. When it will be imported is based on the whims of the barrel. When the character is right, it will be bottled and kegged, and imported into the US. I'm going to guess around June. This beer was brewed at Mateo & Bernabé, an excellent craft brewery in the Rioja wine region of Spain.

So there you have it. My "Super Hobby" has transitioned into Gypsy Brewing thanks to Sublime Imports. So how can you be sure to get your hands on one of Beancurdturtle Brewing's beers? When you are at your favorite bottle shop or craft beer venue, ask them when they will be getting some of the great beers from Sublime Imports. A push from the bottom up will create the incentive necessary to get the distributors to take notice.

Mash ingredients for Valencia Saison
Mash ingredients for Valencia Saison.

 

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Woke to find kind words in my inbox this morning about Super Cocoa Dunkleweizen and Nelson ate a Persimmon:

Damn you are good. Just finished the Dunkleweizen with vanilla and cocoa. Holy crap that was yummy. The pale with Nelson Sauvin and persimmon was amazing. Made me want one more taste. Well done Sensei!
-- Brian Johnson

Thanks Brian!

 

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Dwight is a Double India Witte first brewed as a collaboration with Dan Smith of Out of the Park Pizza. Out of the Park has the distinction of having one of the best craft beer tap lineups in BCT's neighborhood, in a region of the US with some very good breweries. Dwight joined the tap lineup - not for sale - for taster pours for a private group.

BCT-Dwight-on-tap

 

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Many people have asked where the name “beancurdturtle” comes from. So, I will indulge the curious and answer the question.

The Cast:
orto-ped – He’s a brilliant Russian dude. Born and raised in Moscow, worked in Italy for several years, now lives in Southern California like me. He speaks four or five human languages, and codes in three times as many programming languages. But for all his intelligence, he can't seem to translate a Russian joke into anything worth half a chuckle - and most are just plain lame. I'll assume it's a culture clash issue and give him a break 'cause he’s really a great guy.

daniel – He’s an unusual American with as many foreigners for friends as Americans. He speaks English very well, and a little bit of Chinese and Spanish poorly. His super hobby is brewing. For fun he cooks, eats, and plays geek card and board games. He’s me.

The Disclaimer:
Neither of us has a prejudice against any race, ethnicity, or religion. Nor do we have a problem with provocative language when we start talking smack in chat. So, don’t be offended by the seemingly disrespectful references to several cultures and religions. Also, don’t keep reading if you can't handle colorful language.

Following is the transcript of the chat wherein the name “Beancurdturtle” was born. It’s all in good fun - though perhaps in bad taste. Whatever!

The Setup:
Some time shortly after the turn of the 21st century, orto-ped tells me a joke in online chat. In chat, even though we sat in adjacent cubicles - because you don't talk like this over a cubicle wall in a quiet office. It was another really lame joke. And so I answer...

daniel says:
was that a joke?

orto-ped says:
it's a dog joke

daniel says:
yeah. is it a russian joke too?

orto-ped says:
well, if i told it to you, i guess it makes it more russian then mongolian, urdu, patagonian or fukenese, doesn't it?

orto-ped says:
i'd love to hear some chinese jokes

daniel says:
I like the Urdu jokes. they are so fucking funny dude!

orto-ped says:
like: “once a turtle crawls onto buddha’s foot, he looks at it and says - please, politely, get the fuck off of my foot or i’ll make a very good turtle soup out of you and won't even put lemongrass in it !”

orto-ped says:
“no lemongrass” - now that’s real funny ~

daniel says:
Legend says that the Buddha was vegetarian

orto-ped says:
good, matches my point

daniel says:
it has to be a imitation turtle made of beancurd

orto-ped says:
ok: “once a turtle, made of bean curd, crawls...

daniel says:
“one day a beancurd turtle walks into a bar with Buddha...

orto-ped says:
buddha goes: “woe, woe, woe - WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?”

daniel says:
and the bartender says...

orto-ped says:
that’s a pretty raw chinese joke

daniel says:
It’s a fucking Tibetan joke.
*meanwhile i'm choking on my barely muffled laughter*

orto-ped says:
you can put that joke on the internet

daniel says:
a tibetan cowboy joke.

orto-ped says:
aren’t you easily amused

Ok, so maybe it's the type of humor "you had to be there" for. But that's how the name “beancurdturtle” was born.