He also loved brew day - he would smell the first batch of the day and know when the spent grains were ready to be put into buckets. These buckets are picked up by a local pig farmer, but Cruz made sure he got his share first.
Cruz lived a long and wonderful life in the brewery and reached the age of 14 before his age caught up with him. Arthritis and old age got the better of him and forced us to make the difficult choice to put him down.
Labor Day (2010) weekend, we received a wine barrel from Tim Henley (Gordon Brothers Winery). This barrel has been in use for the winery since 2004. We filled it with a special 6 batch brewing of our English Strong Ale. It was on display in our tasting room and planed to release this rare beer (Olde Cruz) late in 2011 in collectable bottles.
Bottling was now ready after we finally got the label approval. Assembling staff for this event over the Thanksgiving weekend was not difficult.
The result was 25 cases of what could be called "The Rarest Beer In The World." With only 25 cases produced this is going to be a beer that everyone will want, and only a few can get.Lots of loving care was put into this beer to get to you.
And his is not easy work.
Thanks to all who helped us get this one-of-a-kind special beer ready to sell to you.Olde Cruz will make it's debut for bottle sales - Saturday - December 10th @1pm at the Foggy Noggin tasting room. $15/bottle, limit 6 per customer, cash only.