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Title: Congrats, Majorvices!
Post by: denny on July 23, 2010, 06:46:07 PM
For those who haven't seen it on another board, Keith is just about to get his brewery open and make some beer!  Way to go, man!  Maybe post some pics over here?
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Post by: blatz on July 23, 2010, 06:50:18 PM
Right on Keith!  Don't forget us "homebrew folk" now that you're big timing it!

Congrats!
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Post by: theDarkSide on July 23, 2010, 06:58:52 PM
Where are you going to be located? 

We'll give you a couple months before we complain we can't get it in other parts of the country :)
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Post by: ndcube on July 23, 2010, 07:08:34 PM
That's pretty sweet.  Definetely some pics.
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Post by: deepsouth on July 23, 2010, 07:45:50 PM
congrats bud!
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Post by: majorvices on July 23, 2010, 07:52:06 PM
Thanks guys! No sexy pics of fermenters or brew stuff yet. Just construction - Ill be happy to post some.

A few more progress pix...

Grain room awaiting inspection before drywall
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/P7070003.jpg)


Wet area awaiting concrete pour (it's big enough for a 15 bbl system although we will be back to back 1.5 bbls into 3 bbl fermenters to start)
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/P7070004.jpg)

Concrete forms for floor of wet area
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/IMG_0410-1.jpg)

Cement truck guy was pretty cool, he went out and bought a $9 six pack after talking to us!  ;D
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/P7160003.jpg)

One of my business partners
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/P7160004.jpg)


I'm the guy in the black wife beater - not the guy with the butt crack (although that guy was a huge help!)
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/P7160006.jpg)

Title: Re: Congrats, Majorvices!
Post by: denny on July 23, 2010, 07:53:40 PM
I take it you guys are doing the majority of construction yourselves?
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Post by: majorvices on July 23, 2010, 08:01:29 PM
Everything but the electrical. We have a few friends who are not part of the organization who have been amazingly helpful. Its like an amish barn raising!.  ;D
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Post by: bonjour on July 23, 2010, 08:05:20 PM
Awesome,

Way to go
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Post by: hamiltont on July 23, 2010, 08:07:09 PM
Everything but the electrical. We have a few friends who are not part of the organization who have been amazingly helpful. Its like an amish barn raising!.  ;D

And that's what America was built on!!!  Congrats Keith!!!
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Post by: redbeerman on July 23, 2010, 08:07:35 PM
Very cool Keith!   Best of luck!
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Post by: weithman5 on July 23, 2010, 08:11:53 PM
Keith
will there be any yellowhammer available by August 5th?  high school classmate lives in huntsville, and that is 30yr reunion weekend.  i could maybe get her (if she is coming home) to bring some
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Post by: majorvices on July 23, 2010, 08:37:10 PM
We may be able to light the kettles by August 5th but I'm pretty sure there won;t be any beer by then. Regarrdless, we are going keg only to start.

One thing I didn't mention: we did get TTB approval just yesterday so, as far as the Feds are concerned, we are a legal brewery!
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Post by: saintpierre on July 23, 2010, 09:09:51 PM
Congrats! Love the pics.
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Post by: EHall on July 23, 2010, 10:03:04 PM
Orbs in the pics... you have company around you! Leave a bit of brew in the bottom of your glass for them!
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Post by: dhacker on July 23, 2010, 10:15:31 PM
I know what the weather's been like in the region. I can only image how much you guys sweat working concrete. Hats off to you, and yer helpers!

Can hardly wait to make the trip from West TN to sample the wares.  :)
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Post by: brandon on July 23, 2010, 10:21:58 PM
Don't hold back on the good pics Keith!  ;)
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Post by: boulderbrewer on July 24, 2010, 01:34:04 AM
Way to go Major!
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Post by: richardt on July 24, 2010, 01:38:13 AM
As a small business owner (non-brewery, though), I applaud your efforts.  Good job, man! 
There will be a lot of happy people drinking your beer.  Take pride in that!
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Post by: lazydog79 on July 24, 2010, 01:49:19 AM
Congrats!  Must be a thrill to see all of your plans coming together.  You'll be getting all us homebrewers dreaming!  ;)
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Post by: tygo on July 24, 2010, 02:47:51 AM
Congrats Major!  Good luck.  I'm sure the first time you fire up the kettle for real in the new digs will be quite a thrill.
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Post by: euge on July 24, 2010, 03:43:20 AM
Hopefully it won't keep ya from rubbing elbows with us riffraff here on AHA.
 
Congrats on the progress!
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Post by: a10t2 on July 24, 2010, 04:47:01 AM
One thing I didn't mention: we did get TTB approval just yesterday so, as far as the Feds are concerned, we are a legal brewery!

Congrats, man! Make sure you keep us posted. I'll come down and buy a pint off that first keg for sure. Then if it's any good I'll buy a second. ;)
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Post by: majorvices on July 24, 2010, 12:00:09 PM
Don't hold back on the good pics Keith!  ;)

 :) Honestly, I would have posted the picture of me digging in the Rancor pit with my "manpris" on but the picture somehow got corrupted along with a few other. I also don't have a picture of the interceptor tank on there - it got corrupted as well.
Title: Re: Congrats, Majorvices!
Post by: majorvices on July 24, 2010, 12:02:23 PM
One thing I didn't mention: we did get TTB approval just yesterday so, as far as the Feds are concerned, we are a legal brewery!

Congrats, man! Make sure you keep us posted. I'll come down and buy a pint off that first keg for sure. Then if it's any good I'll buy a second. ;)

If the beer is no good it will get dumped down the center of that wet area, I can promise you that!  ;)

Thanks for all the well wished everyone. I'll keep this page updated with progress. Anyone who comes down will certainly not have to pay for a beer - I can promise you that! 8)
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Post by: tubercle on July 24, 2010, 02:08:28 PM
Way to go man, way to go.

I raise a pint in your honor and wish you the best.
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Post by: SwashBuckling Drunk on July 24, 2010, 02:57:59 PM
Very cool Major.  Best of luck man!
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Post by: capozzoli on July 24, 2010, 06:46:21 PM
very cool, good luck man.

Who's doing your welding?

You gonna put in a bottling line?
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Post by: The Professor on July 24, 2010, 10:53:14 PM
A little late, but I wanted to add my heartfelt congrats on your new endeavor, Keith. Glad yo hear your up and running at last.
I'm sure you've got a winner on your hands.
Shine on, brightly, Major!
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Post by: beerocd on July 25, 2010, 12:55:40 AM
How legal would a reverse competition be? Everyone bucks up for a bottle or two of the FLAGSHIP brew and you ship us yeast samples for evaluation.  ??? Suppose it'd have to be your "personal" beer and not that of the brewery.

Just sayin'; I'm sure we'd all like to try the beer that launched a brewery...
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Post by: majorvices on July 25, 2010, 12:34:05 PM
How legal would a reverse competition be? Everyone bucks up for a bottle or two of the FLAGSHIP brew and you ship us yeast samples for evaluation.  ??? Suppose it'd have to be your "personal" beer and not that of the brewery.

Just sayin'; I'm sure we'd all like to try the beer that launched a brewery...

I don't think it would be a problem if we donated the money to charity, or even the AHA. I'd be more than happy to participate in something like that. Depends on what Denny and the other Admins think.

Edit: Just reread your post. I mean - it would have to be a raffle or something. I'm simply not going to send everyone on the forum a bottle of beer.  ;)
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Post by: denny on July 25, 2010, 03:28:49 PM
Hmmmm...interesting concept.  Don't know if it's be legal or not, though.  Let's talk in the mod forum....
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Post by: akr71 on July 25, 2010, 06:21:49 PM
Just wanna throw my congrats at you.  My friends and family make sure my cellar stays empty because of your advice.
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Post by: k4df4l on July 25, 2010, 06:59:31 PM
Awesome stuff!!

Congrats on making it happen.  Where's this going to be located?
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Post by: dean on July 25, 2010, 08:33:38 PM
Way to go Keith and wish you all the best. 
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Post by: majorvices on July 26, 2010, 02:19:57 PM
Awesome stuff!!

Congrats on making it happen.  Where's this going to be located?

Yellohammer Brewing in Huntsville, AL. We are focusing on Belgian and German style ales with (what we hope will be) unique American twists. We also want to have a line of kick ass IPAs. Our motto is "European Tradition, Uniquely American". We will be draft only to start but we would like to start doing some limited bottlings in Belgian style bombers with cork, wire cap, the works. Problem is we won;t be able to sell them in Alabama at this point in time until they change the law. We are hoping to be able to fill growlers some time in the next few months out of the brewery door.

Starting very small. Basically just a 1.5 bbl system. We have a few 42 gallon blickmans and we also have some 3bbl jacketed, cooled conical fermenters on order. We plan on back to back batching. Once we are up and running and testing the maarket we plan on going to either a 7 or a 15 bbl system hopefully within 12-24 months.
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Post by: tubercle on July 26, 2010, 02:55:19 PM
I know a commercial operation is much, much different that what we do in our back yards.

 But, you are going to batch sparge, right?
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Post by: majorvices on July 26, 2010, 03:14:30 PM
Actually, yes! At least to start. Batch sparging now with a pump and a 20 minute vorlauf. I'm getting very good results on the test system. Its really not going to be much different than a big homebrew operation to start except we have a wet area, a grain room and an office.
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Post by: denny on July 26, 2010, 03:29:37 PM
Actually, yes! At least to start. Batch sparging now with a pump and a 20 minute vorlauf. I'm getting very good results on the test system.

Have I said lately that I love you???  ;)
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Post by: majorvices on July 26, 2010, 03:38:58 PM
Yes, but not in front of everybody!  :-[  ;D
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 26, 2010, 03:39:18 PM
Congratulations, Keith!!  This Yankee is pretty excited for you. I'll be telling all of my Nashville friends about Yellowjacket ;).
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Post by: beerocd on July 26, 2010, 04:11:31 PM
Yellowjacket ;).

 :D :D :D
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Post by: majorvices on July 26, 2010, 04:15:30 PM
*Ahem* YELLOWHAMMER (http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Alabama/bird_yellowhammer.html) (check the link)  ;)
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Post by: tubercle on July 26, 2010, 04:18:50 PM
Yellowhammer Jammer

 No copyright...feel free to use ;D
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 26, 2010, 04:29:12 PM
*Ahem* YELLOWHAMMER (http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Alabama/bird_yellowhammer.html) (check the link)  ;)

D'oh!  Is my face red?! :-[
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Post by: beersk on July 26, 2010, 05:28:22 PM
Congrats, Keith.  Glad to hear it's all going well and that you'll be up and running soon.  Cheers & beers!


Jesse
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Post by: tankdeer on July 26, 2010, 08:14:00 PM
Holy crap! I've been so out of the loop. That's f'ing fantastic man. Huge congrats to you. If I'm ever in your neck of the woods, you better believe I'll be stopping by. If the beers you're brewing are even half as good as the ones you sent me, you won't have any problems selling them.

Cheers!
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Post by: rabid_dingo on July 26, 2010, 09:52:19 PM
I would make the trek from Colordo. As soon as you are open I'll head down for few pints.

Congrats on the progress and certification!
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Post by: majorvices on July 27, 2010, 12:38:03 AM
I just want to reiterate my thanks to all the well wishes and support! You guys are great and if any of you really do make it over to my neck of the woods please send me an email or PM and I will certainly take care of you, at least as far as beer is concerned!

And Tank - here's hoping the beer will be twice as good as what I sent you, rather than half as good!  ;D
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Post by: rabid_dingo on July 27, 2010, 12:53:27 AM
By the way, where in Huntsville? Close to the airport at all?
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Post by: narvin on July 27, 2010, 12:55:12 AM
Never thought I'd be saying this, but... I wanna take a vacation to Huntsville, Alabama!
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Post by: tankdeer on July 27, 2010, 12:58:16 AM
And Tank - here's hoping the beer will be twice as good as what I sent you, rather than half as good!  ;D
I don't know when, but someday, I'm gonna hold you to that. ;D
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Post by: majorvices on July 27, 2010, 11:48:22 AM
By the way, where in Huntsville? Close to the airport at all?

Brewery is just outside of downtown Huntsville which is ~20 minutes from the airport. I would recommend anyone who is really interested in coming by to wait until we are up and running a few months. We are starting out with only two beers (a Belgian White and an IPA) to go on draft but plan to ramp that up to 4 within 6 months and by then I plan to have all sorts of "projects" going on as well.
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Post by: bluesman on July 27, 2010, 02:07:23 PM
Excellent news!

I can't wait to try some. 

Make sure you pitch plenty of healthy yeast.  Oh... and did I say to pitch cool.   ;D

I would love to be able to start a commercial brewery. My hat's off to you Keith.
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Post by: Hokerer on July 27, 2010, 02:19:03 PM
By the way, where in Huntsville? Close to the airport at all?

Brewery is just outside of downtown Huntsville which is ~20 minutes from the airport. I would recommend anyone who is really interested in coming by to wait until we are up and running a few months. We are starting out with only two beers (a Belgian White and an IPA) to go on draft but plan to ramp that up to 4 within 6 months and by then I plan to have all sorts of "projects" going on as well.

If I do ever make it by, I'll be wearing my VT gear (figure I'm allowed since we scored more points against "yellowhammer" than anyone else last season).  :)
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Post by: majorvices on July 27, 2010, 02:26:38 PM
Won't bother me any. I didn't move South until I was 23 so the whole "Bama" mystique is wasted on me. Now, my wife is an Alabama alumnus so I am a "fan" by default. But you won't see me wearing any 'Bama gear. ;)

Tennessee Titans, however, that's a different story.  ;D
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Post by: hambone on July 27, 2010, 04:28:29 PM
Congrats man! You're livin' the dream! I will be playing rugby in Alabama this November and will definitely make a stop off for some of your beer. Good luck with everything!
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Post by: dcrawlins on July 27, 2010, 04:34:22 PM
Keith, most home brewers could only dream of doing what you are doing.  Good Luck.
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Post by: dhacker on July 27, 2010, 05:40:07 PM
Won't bother me any. I didn't move South until I was 23 so the whole "Bama" mystique is wasted on me. Now, my wife is an Alabama alumnus so I am a "fan" by default. But you won't see me wearing any 'Bama gear. ;)

Tennessee Titans, however, that's a different story.  ;D

Yer Darn Right!

You should see about creating a "Touchdooooooooown Titans" (Mike Keith voice) Pale Ale and get the contract to supply LP field with a craft beer!  ;) 
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Post by: dimik on July 29, 2010, 12:40:57 AM
Oh man, congratulations! Hope it goes well.
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Post by: theoman on July 30, 2010, 09:54:47 AM
Huge congrats! Yep, livin' the dream. Here's hoping you can keep it going for many years to come.
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Post by: pinnah on July 30, 2010, 05:47:04 PM
Very cool!  Looks like you have some good help there.
Um yea, the artist is the one trowling mud while sitting... ;D

If I eveh get down that way I will be sure to stop in,
and get that beer you owe me. ;)

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Post by: intrinsic on August 01, 2010, 12:46:49 AM
Wow Keith. This is awesome. I have been out of touch with the brewing world lately so I am just now hearing about your brewery. Congrats again man.
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Post by: babalu87 on August 02, 2010, 04:09:52 PM
Congratulations Keith!!!!!

The things I miss when we're gone camping for 10 days................
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Post by: Beertracker on August 04, 2010, 05:40:06 AM
Brewery is just outside of downtown Huntsville which is ~20 minutes from the airport. I would recommend anyone who is really interested in coming by to wait until we are up and running a few months. We are starting out with only two beers (a Belgian White and an IPA) to go on draft but plan to ramp that up to 4 within 6 months and by then I plan to have all sorts of "projects" going on as well.

Good luck Major!  My dad lives in Decatur, so I'll have to come by for a "brewery tour" next time I'm visiting. The boys from Olde Towne showed me around their new facilty earlier this summer. I hope to find some of your Kolsch on tap in AL someday.  8)
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Post by: majorvices on August 04, 2010, 02:01:23 PM
I do want to do a kolsch and we most certainly will - I think it will be a big seller especially considering the climate here. But we are not set up for brewing one yet. Need a few extra bright tanks and a decent RO system. I certainly hope you will stop by when you visit though!

At this point we are in a huge rush trying to get things in order. The ABC has been a PITA and they are not very lenient. But we could have everything in place and be brewing within 2 weeks. Or, it may be 6 weeks. Hard to say at this point.

Here's a peak at our final logo. This one is the plan for the tap handle. At some point we would like to go real wood.

(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n137/majorvices/YH-Wood-try-4.jpg)
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Post by: bluesman on August 04, 2010, 02:13:33 PM
That is very cool!

I like it!
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on August 04, 2010, 02:28:30 PM
That's a VERY classy design!  A carved wood handle would be very cool.
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Post by: blatz on August 04, 2010, 02:38:20 PM
That's a VERY classy design!  A carved wood handle would be very cool.

agreed - that is a helluva design.
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Post by: tankdeer on August 04, 2010, 02:55:39 PM
Glad to see all those years in graphic design were not wasted. Logo looks awesome.
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Post by: denny on August 04, 2010, 03:38:57 PM
Yep.  Beautiful and classy.
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Post by: ndcube on August 04, 2010, 03:57:26 PM
I might stop by just to stare at the tap handle!
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 04, 2010, 06:55:37 PM
Very nice Logo.
Good Luck to you.
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Post by: beardog on August 05, 2010, 06:01:05 AM
Thats awesome.  Hope to one day try the kolsch to see if I did it right.
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Post by: babalu87 on August 05, 2010, 11:47:12 AM
Keith, the medals that they send out for the New England Homebrew Competition are engraved wood. Pretty sure one of the guys in Brew Free or Die (the ORIGINAL CLUB not the micro-brewery founded years later) have a machine that does it.

I'll get a pic posted in the next few days to show you.

They are really nice work and you might want to use something like this for your tap handles, if I talk to the right guy it might come pretty cheap too.

Love that label, not as hard on the eyes as some of the other ones yet its still an attention gettah

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DnPwaEn8aGE/Rkvp12joQsI/AAAAAAAADmM/gSlcsuXGwxE/s320/vlcsnap-75171.png)
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Post by: majorvices on August 05, 2010, 12:57:07 PM
FTR the original logos I posted were just brainstorm thumbnails. I was only looking for simple ideas to build into the final design. SOME of those designs I absolutely HATED but other of my group loved - hence the polls. It worked! I got what I wanted.  ;)
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Post by: brewmichigan on August 12, 2010, 03:09:58 PM
I just got back from vacation this week and I see this. Great News!!! I hope everything works out great for you. Let us all know how it's going and please keep the pics coming. Who knows, this might get some more of us to take the leap.... in about 30 years  ;D