November 27, 2013

Inaugural Brewing Ingredients Just Arrived

The grains, hops and yeast for our inaugural brews just arrived!

Grains and such: Maris otter, carapils, melanoiden, crystal 120L, chocolate, peat, roasted barley, flaked barley, flaked oats, black patent and victory

Hops: East kent golding, target and sovereign

Yeast: Nottingham

2.5 kg of Nottinghame

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, timing was quite apropos.

November 22, 2013

Bottle Label Design is Complete

April 2013 was a chaotic month; mourning the loss of Blackthorn as our name, we scrambled to find a worthy replacement, which meant back to square one for our logo design, bottle labels and 6-pack holders.  Fortunately we had already chosen a company to print our labels.

We were drawn to DWS Printing because they are a fourth generation, family owned business with a strong commitment to social responsibility.  On April 17, I hiked up to Long Island (Deer Park to be exact) to visit their facility.  After meeting with Kathy and Andy Staib (siblings; Sr. Dir. of Sales and VP respectively), consulting with Ben Owens (Creative Director) about our label design and touring the facility, I knew DWS and Rinn Duin were a perfect match.

We are thrilled to share our labels, designed by Ben Owens.  Thank you Ben!!

Note: Lawnmower English Blonde will not be bottled.

Common neck for a three varieties
St John's Irish Red
Sandpiper English Brown

Trinity Smoked Scottish 70

November 20, 2013

First Ingredients to Arrive, East Kent Golding Hops

Over 100 lbs of East Kent Golding arrived today from across the pond.  This is the first of 3 hops we'll use for our inaugural brews, Sovereign and Target are still in transit.

The remaining hops and grains and scheduled to arrive next Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve.

EKG hops, sent from England


November 11, 2013

Rinn Duin is the 22nd Member of the Garden State Brewer's Guild

It seems a bit more real now, Rinn Duin is now listed as a member of the Garden State Craft Brewer's Guild.  It is an honor to join the small, yet diverse group of breweries and brewpubs that represent the great State of New Jersey.

Still relatively new to the craft beer industry, The Guild has only 24 members (12 breweries and 12 brewpubs).  Compared to states like New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Oregon and California that each have hundreds of breweries, New Jersey had many exciting years to look forward to.

Now we just need beer to serve!