Black Sands Turns One

One Year Old

Last August we brewed our first batch of beer, fired up the burners, raised the sails and left the harbor. We’ve weathered the storms and the dark waters, and after the first 12 months the ship is sailing smoothly. We've battle tested everything from food, to beer, to cocktails. Thank you to every crew member, and passenger for getting us to this point in the journey. It's been a wonderful year at sea. Here are a few highlights, upcoming events and surprises!

A Year In Review

We've been very busy this year. The fermenters are full of new beers every week. The kitchen fires are burning 6 days a week, and the cocktails are flowing. Here are a few highlights from our first year.

Focusing On Our SMASH Series

We've brewed a lot of beer this year with a primary focus on our Single Malt And Single Hop (SMASH) series. Our SMASH beers allow us to focus on just one malt and one hop. In comparison, most IPA's on the shelf have up to 8 different grains, and 3-4 varieties of hops. By simplifying our ingredient list, we are able to focus on the unique characteristics of each grain and hop, and better educate everyone on what is in their beer. Our SMASH beers are simple, transparent, and delicious. 

Of the 64 batches of beer we have brewed this year, 25 have been SMASH beers. By brewing this many we have learned a lot about the process, and we better understand what you like in your beer. Here is our SMASH beer list, in chronological order from this year, with a few more in the fermenter now. Next year we plan to SMASH even more.

SMASH Nelson IPA
SMASH Citra IPA
SMASH Galaxy IPA
SMASH Mosaic IPA
SMASH Ella Saison
SMASH Equinox IPA
SMASH Nelson Double IPA
SMASH Wakatu Pale Ale
SMASH Equinox Double IPA
SMASH Hallertau Blanc Session IPA
SMASH Citra IPA
SMASH Simcoe IPA
SMASH Ella Saison
SMASH Mosaic IPA
SMASH Nelson Double IPA
SMASH Kohatu IPA
SMASH Simcoe IPA
SMASH Citra Double IPA
SMASH El Dorado IPA
SMASH Rakau IPA
SMASH Waimea IPA
SMASH Nelson IPA
SMASH Galaxy IPA
SMASH Nelson Double IPA (in the fermenter now!) - coming soon
SMASH Ariana IPA 100% German Bohemian Pilsner malt 100% Ariana Hops  (fermenting now, new duel purpose german hop)  - coming soon

Come Celebrate With Us

Seven Stills event Wednesday Night (August 3rd)
Come visit us this Wednesday for a special event with Seven Stills. They made a beer, and then made a whiskey from that beer. Fluxuate coffee porter brewed with black medicine coffee is the beer, then distilled down into a whiskey. Get a beer and shot pairing! Extremely limited release. Join us from 6pm - 10pm or until the supply lasts.

Our first barrel aged beer, Grail of Whispers - Releasing Tuesday August 9th
We found ourselves a port barrel that was used to age an Angels Envy whiskey. We then re-soaked that barrel in port for 3 weeks. After that we filled it up with our french saison. The result is a barrel aged saison with notes and flavors of the history of the barrel: whiskey and port. It has been aging for 3 months and we are going to tap it Tuesday August 9th.

New Beer: Midnight Rye - Releasing sometime next week August 8th
This batch of beer is being split in two. We are putting half of it on tap directly to taste. The other half is going into a Spirit Works rye whisky barrel for a few months to age. Release date on the barrel aged half is TBD.

Smash Double Nelson - Releasing sometime in the week of August 8th
One of our favorite SMASH beers, this time DOUBLED. Nelson Sauvin hops hailing from New Zealand have a fantastic dual purpose character to them. Our SMASH double Nelson has a balanced bitterness, with flavors of blanc grapes and stone fruit. Easy on the bitterness, heavy on the aroma. 

Homebrew Class - August 27th
Want to learn how to make beer? Join us for a class at the brewery on Saturday August 27th. You'll hang out in the brewery, drink beer, and make beer with our Head Brewer, Cole. From start to finish you will learn the techniques of mashing, sparging, boiling, hop additions, and fermentation. Grab a ticket online: https://mkt.com/blacksandsbeer/introduction-to-all-grain-brewing-class

New Dinner Menu Coming Soon

We are constantly pushing to deliver quality food that pairs perfectly with our latest beers. A new menu is coming in the next few weeks with additions like a baja fish burger, and more variety to burger add-ons. Join us this month to try all the new dishes.

Reflecting

We designed and built our ship, our escape. We planned the launch. We conquered some rough seas over the past year, but we left the dock with a dream and a great crew. This year has been one of the most rewarding years of our lives, and we thank you so much for helping us along the way. Now we scan the horizon for new quests, and plunder. Remember young children of the sea: nothing ventured, nothing gained.