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Our Policy on Growlers

Our Policy on Growlers

Many people have been asking us what our policy is going forward regarding the refilling of growlers. On May 24, 2017 the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission) released an advisory statement on the refilling of growlers. This statement created almost as many questions as it answered and left a lot open to interpretation. Mainly, it allows Farmer-Breweries (like us) and Brew Pubs to fill third-party non-brewery branded growlers.

Our primary concern is providing a quality beer experience for the customer. Our canned products provide the best experience outside of our taproom but we understand that there are some people who enjoy growlers. So for those folks, we have put together the guidelines below.

  • The growler must be clean! We reserve the right to refuse to fill any growlers that we find too dirty to clean with a hot water rinse. Please rinse your growlers thoroughly with only hot water after use. Do not use soap or detergent. And do not store your growlers with the caps on. It creates a terrarium for mold and bacteria.
  • If the growler is not an Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company growler, it must not have any other brewery markings, labels, tags or stickers on it.
  • We will fill 32oz and 64oz growlers only and the container must have the volume indicated on the container.
  • The container must be intended to be used as a beer container.
  • We will only fill 32oz and 64oz glass growlers that fit a standard 1.5” cap. We cannot fill the Boston Round or “medicine bottle” style 33mm growlers.
  • We will fill 32oz and 64oz stainless steel and Hydro Flask style growlers. But they must be clean and have a resealable lid.

If you have any questions, please use the Contact Us page or call us at 508-202-9297.

Thanks,

The Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company Team

 

 

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Whoa! What’s up with the look of Hair Raiser?

Whoa! What’s up with the look of Hair Raiser

dated 06/01/17 – Kaleidoscope Eyes?

This batch is visibly not as hazy as the last one. Did we change the recipe? Nope, it’s still the same recipe we have been using for a while now: High Oil Cascade, Mosaic, Azacca, and lots of Galaxy hops, and featuring Simpson’s Maris Otter Malt. So does it still taste good, even though it’s not as hazy? Of course it does! We wouldn’t release a beer that didn’t taste good. That’s not what we are about.

But let’s back up a little bit. When we set out to create a delicious Double IPA, we didn’t set out to brew a hazy beer. We created a Double IPA that we wanted to drink, with lots of great hop aroma and flavor. The fact that it was hazy was just a result of the process.

Then why does this batch look different? We brew each beer by hand, which means we don’t have an automated system that does a lot of the work for us. Because of this, we will see variation from batch to batch. It’s part of the hand crafted process. In this particular batch, we let the beer condition a bit longer to achieve a certain level of hop character. As a result, the proteins and hop particles dropped out sooner than expected resulting in a clearer beer. Is this a problem? Not at all. We don’t filter or pasteurize our beer which can strip out hop flavor and aroma. So it still has lots of hops to go around. Is it slightly different? Yes, but that’s all part of the artisanal experience.

We are proud of this beer, as we are with all our beers. And we stand behind it. Don’t let the slight change in look scare you.

If you prefer to drink only beers that are hazy, then this batch probably won’t be for you. But if you enjoy quality beer for the flavor and aroma, then you’ll still like this batch of Hair Raiser.

Drink up and enjoy. Cheers!

The Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. Team

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Demo Tape Series

What is the Demo Tape Series?

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One of the questions we hear from customers is “What’s with the Demo Tapes?” So we figure we should take a moment to explain our naming convention.

In short, the Demo Tape series is what we call our test batch beers. As we work on perfecting recipes and processes, try different styles and experiment in the brewery, we needed a naming convention to keep it all straight. So we tapped a piece of our musical past and loved the idea of calling them Demo Tapes. Our IPA went through two Demo Tape versions (Demo Tape Two and Four) before becoming The Cat’s Meow. There is no end to the series. We could go to Demo Tape One Thousand Forty Two and beyond if we like.

For those of you who may be too young to remember cassette tapes and an age before MP3s and digital distribution, Demo Tapes were what bands and DJs sent around to clubs, managers and record labels to showcase their work. These Demo Tapes were often rough recordings done on inexpensive 4-track recording systems, copied a gazillion times and sent in the mail with the hopes of landing a gig or signing a recording contract. Our Demo Tapes are similar in theme. These are rough sketches of our beers that we think are good enough to showcase to our customers for feedback, like a new band who is still fine tuning all their songs.

You play an important role in the Demo Tape program. Every one of us here at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. is listening to your feedback. We want our customers to tell us what they like and don’t like so that we can make adjustments, tweak and refine our beers. For example, we weren’t sure how Demo Tape Six: Dry-Hopped Kettle Sour would go over when we brewed it, but it’s been a big fan favorite! So it is getting a regular rotation in our lineup.

There is also an economic reason for the Demo Tape series. Printed cans are expensive. If you’ve been on a tour of our brewery, you may have seen the giant stacks of empty cans in our storage area for Goody Two Shoes and The Cat’s Meow. Getting a printed can for each of our beers isn’t economically viable for small batches. When you figure in how many cans you need to order at a time, plus the cost of printing, it gets up there in price pretty quickly. It’s much easier and more cost effective for us to print out a small run of labels and label blank cans (by hand for now) on each small canning run.

Will every Demo Tape eventually get a name? No. There are some beers that we may enjoy but for whatever reason don’t want to put into a regular rotation. It could be a true one-off because of ingredients or process, or it might be just a fun experiment we wanted to try but didn’t feel it fit into what we want to be putting out there on a regular basis. Although some Demo Tapes might even come back for an encore.

The Demo Tape series itself isn’t immune from adjustments and changes. We will be tweaking the label design a bit to help differentiate the beers and make the style more readable.

We hope this clears up any questions you had.