Monday, February 6, 2012

Come to the Meet & Beer Party!

In two weeks a special event is happening here at the farm, a specific workshop for a specific kind of reveler: the Meat and Beer Party (Workshop). We're going to go through all the aspects of home brewing and sausage making for beginners, pork and beer in particular. We're starting out with the brewing. As a group we will go through supplies, sanitation, and together we'll brew a batch of Sweet Stout from Northern Brewer as a team. We'll learn to bag and soak the grains, add the malt, boil, and watch the brew kettle as the wort bubbles. Then quickly chill it before getting it ready for fermentation. yeast will be added, along with a special sealed lid and fermentation airlock and it will be set aside as a raffle item. Someone who attends the workshop will get to take it home to bottle in a few weeks and enjoy! Not a bad haul, a case of home-brewed stout, just for showing up to learn how to make it!

After we brew that new batch, we will learn to bottle as well. I have a Coffee Stout Porter (much like the stout we will have just brewed) and we'll go through sanitizing bottles, tubing, bottling and priming for carbonation. Folks will learn to use a capper, bottling wand, and prime a variety of vessels from 12oz brown bottles, to growlers. Everyone will be able to take a primed bottle of that home too. It will be ready to pour in a week!

After the homebrewing 101, we'll use an old fashioned cast-iron meat grinder to grind either pork, rabbit, turkey, beef, or lamb (or a combination). I am intentionally using non-electric tools for this. Same goes for the steel sausage stuffer, which we'll use with the meat, spices, and casings to create breakfast, Italian, brats, and sweet sausages. When they are made, we'll fry some up and try them out.

The workshop will end with a tasting party, of both different local beers and our meatasticos. It will be a super casual evening, with plenty of music (folks are bringing their fiddles and guitars) good food, and friends. It officially wraps up (cases up?) at 4PM, but folks can stay later if they wish for a dinner of Brats and beer. It's in two weeks, and still have some spots open. Email me at if you want to join us. Feb 18th, 10AM-4PM at the farm.

P.S. Anyone want more Birchthorn?


Blogger 10a said...


(Birchthorn that is. The M & B Party would be great too, but also involve a transatlantic flight, so ehm, not for now ;-)

February 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

YES!!!!!! More Birchthorn please!!!

February 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

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February 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger farmgirlwanabe said...

Sounds like loads of fun -if you can you should try smoke some of the sausages

Have you ever come across a pine beer recipe -we had some here available in our liquor stores -from Scotland -fell in love with the taste - would love to get a recipe - we also had heather beer Mmmm

February 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Just thought you'd like to know your name makes a cameo in Amanda "Soulemama" Soule's photoblog today! I love when the two blogs I actually read on a daily basis decide to magically Ven Diagram overlap : )

February 6, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Very excited for the Meat & Beer party! Jenna, will you be privately contacting attendees with your street address and/or GPS coordinates? Looking forward to meeting you and the farm crew!

February 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

Wow I really wish I lived nearby! This is the 2nd event you've hosted I'd love to attend! Hubby and I have been talking about learning to brew our own beer....

February 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

oh yes more birchthorn please! and (like kristen,) i noticed your name at soulemama too!

February 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh - have you heard of haggis? you may like to try that, too, if you are making your own sausages! bravo!

February 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

This is an event Riley and I would both thoroughly enjoy! Sadly just too far :/ and work conflicts.... Perhaps at Antlerstock 2012 there'll be a 'quiet' moment to pick your brain about home brewing and brats! ;)

February 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

This is an event Riley and I would both thoroughly enjoy! Sadly just too far :/ and work conflicts.... Perhaps at Antlerstock 2012 there'll be a 'quiet' moment to pick your brain about home brewing and brats! ;)

February 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

More Birchthorn please!!! :D :D

February 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

yes, yes, yes! More Birchthorn.
I'll be more able to contribute this time. It's worth it.

February 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

There will be homebrewing at Antlerstock for sure! And I can teach sausage making!

February 7, 2012 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger mary in manchester said...

definitely more Birchthorn.

February 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger betsyohs said...

Yes, please! To more Birchthorn. I just left a donation in the pot! (I hope it was the right pot...)

February 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

yes please more birchthorn!
would love to beer and brat, but way far away and mostly would like to share b/c do both already!

February 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Yes to more Birchthorn! This is probably a silly question, but to donate toward the "Birchthorn cause," do I just use the normal donate button? Is there a place to specify, or a special place to go?

February 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

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