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« on: April 25, 2015, 11:36:21 AM »
My friend used to call Rumpleminze + Yaegermeister a "Screaming Nazi". Had way too many of those back in the day.

Pimp My System / Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
« on: April 23, 2015, 01:50:52 PM »
love it, nice hack!

All Things Food / Re: Pizza
« on: April 22, 2015, 11:57:06 PM »
Do you have to worry about the pizza stone cracking from the heat? Can you detail the temps and times for us, this looks so awesome. My wife has a pizza stone and I've love to try it.

Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 06:43:27 PM »
Very cool Denny! Gratz man!

The Pub / Re: Posting Pictures
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:07:38 PM »

This is the correct answer.

The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 16, 2015, 08:41:49 PM »
It was interesting to see Kingpin's vulnerable side, but sometimes he was a little too Full Metal Jacket for me.  All said, I thought it was well done. 

I'm looking forward to AKA Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, as well as The Defenders.

Now I wish Marvel would film and release that friggin' Deadpool movie!

It feels like a golden age of tv, can't wait for all it.

Events / Re: Time to kill after the NHC
« on: April 15, 2015, 11:52:42 PM »
I totally read the title with the wrong inflection.

The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 15, 2015, 11:31:07 PM »
Vince d'onofrio as kingpin, and the hot chick from true blood? There goes my weekend.

He is amazing but then again the whole cast is amazing.

The Pub / Daredevil
« on: April 15, 2015, 10:45:29 PM »
If you haven't had the chance to watch this new series, you should seriously consider it. Even if you aren't a fan of the superhero/action genre it is well worth your time. Every facet of the show is top notch, from the casting decisions to the writing, acting, cinematography and fight choreography, it just plain rocks.

Its already the 3rd highest rated show on IMDB behind Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. I can't recommend this highly enough. I tried to watch one episode per day but instead I binge watched it in 2 days, then watched it all again.

I'm so glad Marvel decided to bring this to Netflix and let the show runners do what they wanted, the result is awesome. If AKA Jessica Jones is half as good that will be one to watch also.

I've come up with about 20 of these loopholes and since there is no concrete definition of what a tour is or what it has to entail, we're free to interpret it as we see fit until they come and take me to jail, right?

Not the way the law works but I guess that is one way to conduct business.   :o

That was sarcasm btw! :)

Whether your state regulators will permit the screen-based tour is a question for your regulators. I couldn't tell you whether you are better off taking that path and begging for forgiveness if caught or asking for permission ahead of time but you (or your attorney) should first take a closer look at the administrative rules not only for a particular definition but how the regulators are likely to interpret the meaning of a tour under the statute.

In all seriousness, I would never do any of this without consulting a lawyer first, and your opinion is acknowledged, appreciated, and noted, so thank you!

I've personally talked to at least 10 different people and not a single one could define what a tour is, both at the local and state level. My total phone on-hold time is probably around 3 hours so far. :/

Something else to consider is that the tour is an opportunity to round people up and give them a sales pitch on more than just the taste of your beer. Will a video maximize that opportunity? Can you afford the staff time to give a tour? I am sure everybody will get extremely tired of giving the "Beer is made of four ingredients..." speech in short time but people enjoy seeing the equipment and if you can make a few merchandise sales out of the tour then maybe it's worth it.

I absolutely agree. The plan also includes scheduled guided tours for exactly the reasons you stated, but also includes the loophole tours for people that just want to walk in and order a pint then walk out with a growler.

Our current plan is to take over a retail space in a highly trafficked area that was occupied by a food service business to minimize the buildout costs. The floorplan is narrow and long, think strip mall location, and would be perfect for retail sales as opposed to a huge cheap warehouse out in the boondocks for a production brewery.

I know you already bought the towers but I think the biggest reason I'm going with the collar for mine is the fact that if something goes wrong with the freezer, you can literally swap out the collar onto the new freezer with a minimal amount of work and the old freezer isn't damaged in any way.

The thought of cutting holes into the top of an insulated freezer lid gives me the willies, it can't be undone and you will have to do the same amount of work again if you need to replace the lid. Plus, try explaining those holes to the warranty company.

And hey, I'm not lazy, I'm efficient;)

That's exactly what the Village Idiot in Mt Holly does - they have a powerpoint up on a TV, that's the "tour". Flying Fish offers a more robust tour but also has the TV option.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stone Levitation Clone Brew Day
« on: April 05, 2015, 01:09:08 PM »
Well, you brew in the corner of the room so what about Cornerstone Brewing...

First, a link to the current NJ Licensing Laws

Relevant parts:

The holder of this license shall be entitled to sell this product at retail to consumers on the licensed premises of the brewery for consumption on the premises, but only in connection with a tour of the brewery, or for consumption off the premises in a quantity of not more than 15.5 fluid gallons per person, and to offer samples for sampling purposes only pursuant to an annual permit issued by the director.


For the purposes of this subsection, "sampling" means the selling at a nominal charge or the gratuitous offering of an open container not exceeding four ounces of any malt alcoholic beverage. For the purposes of this subsection, "product" means any malt alcoholic beverage that is produced on the premises licensed under this subsection.

In a nutshell, here in the lovely state of Nazi Jersey New Jersey, you cannot have a Tap Room at your brewery where customers can walk in, sit down at the bar and order a beer unless they take a tour first. As everyone who has thought of the idea of opening a brewery has figured out, retail pint sales are where the real money is made.

So for the last few months I've been trying to find out the exact technical meaning of the word "Tour". No one at the local or state level can tell me what a "Tour" is. So if that's the case, I am now taking it upon myself to define it as such:

Brewery Tour: Show them how the brewery works.

So in my current dream-state, this means any info about how the brewery works is part of the tour. Here is where my crazy, loophole-ridden psyche takes over.

What if you put a LCD TV on a stand where your customers walk in that plays a video loop of the brewing process? Is that a tour? Why yes, yes it is.

What if you were walked to the Tap Room by a guide that explains the process by pointing to pictures of the brewing process that are hanging on the wall that leads to the Tap Room? Is that a tour? Why yes, yes it is.

I've come up with about 20 of these loopholes and since there is no concrete definition of what a tour is or what it has to entail, we're free to interpret it as we see fit until they come and take me to jail, right?

Denny, you have the Conn, Kirk out. <<--see what i did there!?



absolutely amazing, nice work!

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