Hello Knights of the Barleywine,
We are getting excited about the 2016 Knights of the Barleywine event and brew session here at Swamp Head. The last few events have been a lot of fun and bonding, as we all got together and brought our tastiest Barleywine ideas to life in the Swamp Head parking lot.
If you are brave enough to become a Knight of the Barleywine, here is what you will need to know:
This year the Knights of the Barleywine event will be a ticketed, pre-registered event with registration available here:
There will be 20 slots available with the option for each person to purchase either 5.5 gallons ($35) or 11 gallons ($70) of wort. Once these 20 spots are filled we will not be opening up the event for more participants.
Clarification on wort purchased: If you purchase 5.5 gallons of wort, you will be given 6 gallons of wort so that you will reach 5.5 gallons at ~1.1 SG after boil. If you purchase 11 gallons you will receive 12 gallons so that you can boil down to 11 gallons at ~1.1 SG.
You will need to print your ticket and bring it with you in order to enter the event and receive your wort.
Starting this year, we can now allow Knights to come into the tasting room to buy beer during the event. Our tasting room will also open for normal hours of hoperation starting at 1pm.
Setup will begin at 10am for registered Knights of the Barleywine participants and you will need to have everything set up and be ready to brew by 11am.
Each person will have their own clearly marked, designated space, which will be shown to you upon your arrival. Brewing must take place in your designated space.
Swamp Head will provide: The amount of wort purchased, a system for chilling your wort, water and electrical hookups.
Brewers will need: A boil kettle, burner/propane, hops, yeast, any secret ingredients of your choosing and a carboy for fermentation of your beer. If you plan on using specialty malts in your beer you can steep them into your wort before boiling.
You will be able to receive your wort starting at 11am and will receive either 5.5 gallons or 11 gallons, depending on what you paid for upon registration. We will begin offering knockout on our system (exact equipment to be determined at a later date) at 12:30pm. You are welcome to knockout using your own system/equipment if you would like to.
A pizza lunch will be provided at 12pm.
Please keep in mind that you will be brewing and therefore will be handling hot liquids and equipment. We will not allow intoxication during this event. Please keep your drinking to a minimum while brewing so that we do not have any incidents. We truly want to continue doing this event each year, but will be unable to do so if someone gets hurt while brewing.
Tentative Event Schedule for Knights of the Barleywine on Saturday, December 17th 2016:
10:00AM - 11:00AM Brewer Setup/Sign In
11:00AM - ? Brewers will receive their wort, start to boil
12:30PM Begin knockout
1:00PM - 11:00PM Swamp Head tasting room operating hours
Please email email@example.com with questions pertaining to the brewing portion of this event that will be held at Swamp Head Brewery.