Thanks for enjoying my beer and thanks for all the memories. It is time to pack it in. BOAKS will be closing up shop by the summer. Stop by one of our Farewell Tour events. We have several festivals lined up and we are setting up bar events. Have your local bar or store order the last round of BOAKS, before it is all gone. If you are in PA, Stockertown is my distributor. If you are in NJ have them call Kohler or myself (sorry I cannot sell directly to individuals). Bars can call me directly to set up a BOAKS Farewell Tour Event. After the summer you may see me at different events having fun with the friends I have made while in the business. Brian Boak will never go away completely, it’s too much fun.
March 5th Philly Craft Beer Expo at The Navy Yard
April 8th & 9th AC Beerfest Atlantic City Convention Center
April 21st Gray Lodge Pub Northeast Philly (a not to miss event)
May 14th Mt Hope Beerfest Renaissance Festival Grounds Manheim PA
June 4th Philly Great Beer Expo (Last planned festival at the moment, should be crazy)
BOAKS is looking for 2 Volunteers to pour beer with Brian Boak on Saturday at the Valley Forge Beerfest at the Greater Philly Expo Center in Oak PA www.valleyforgebeerfest.com
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. This is a 2 session beerfest. If you are in North Jersey you can ride out and back with me. Or you can meet me there if you are local to the event. I am leaving from Wayne NJ about 8 or 8:30 am and will get back about midnight. It is a long but fun day.
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The event goes from 12:30 – 5. I would need you there at 10:30 to help set up our 2 tent extravaganza. We would be done packing up about 6 or so. You do not need to be an expert. We set up a few tents, hang some signs, I set up the bar & electronics and you pour beer. I do all the explaining of the beers for you. Easy & Fun. If you live in the Pompton Lakes/Wayne area you can ride down & back with me. We would leave about 8:15am
What’s going on now?
We are brewing Double BW today and in about 10 days we’ll bottle & keg a batch of Double BW that was brewed a few weeks ago. We want to make sure we have enough for the summer. On Tuesday & Wednesday we’ll brew Wooden Beanie with our new friends at Free Will Brewing Co. It will be ready the end of June and we will bottle it in 12oz bottles.
BOAKS on TV
I will be on What’s on Tap TV show on Saturday June 13th from 1-2. You can watch on Comcast Ch 22 in South Jersey or on the web at www.SNJToday.com then go to On Demand for the What’s on Tap show.
Check out our Video of Bottling Double BW in 3 minutes.
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March 20th & 21 celebrated the 10th Annual Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. As expected, Jon Henderson and Good Time Tricycle put on an EXCELENT show. BOAKS walked away with an Award for Monster Mash and another for Wooden Beanie. We brought just enough beer this year. We started with over 110 gallons of beer (about 50 cases), when the event was over we had about 2 gallons left (less than a case). That was a close call. Next time we will have to bring more beer. This is no ordinary Beerfest. You have 150 breweries, Great Bands & Food, Yoga, Sand Creations, Silent Disco, Educational Seminars, Beard & Mustache Competition, Toilet Bowl Races, Field Goal Kicking, Bucking Bull, Dunk the Lady and lots more. Don’t forget the After Parties!! Set your sights for next year. I believe it will be March 18th & 19th, but don’t quote me on that.
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BOAKS is EXPANDING
No, we are not getting fat from all the beer we are putting through Quality Control. As many of you know, we work with other breweries to brew the recipes that Brian Boak creates. It saved us a ton of money from buying an entire brewery, we do own a few 30bbl fermenters. Plus, almost every brewery owner I know hired someone to brew their beer so they can run the business and be the front man to promote and sell the beer. So I skipped the brick & mortar stage of owning the brewery and hired the brewer to brew the recipes I create. BOAKS just signed up our 2nd brewery. We are proud to announce that Free Will Brewing Co in Perkasie PA will brew some of our beers starting in May. Most of the beers will be new styles, but we will move Abbey Brown and Wooden Beanie production over there (yes, we will bottle some). Our current line of beers will stay with High Point Brewery where our 30bbl fermenters are. Look for the following styles over the course of the summer and fall: Porter, English Mild, Saison, Triple, Sour, Belgian Pale and others. We will also start putting some limited release beers in 22oz bottles. In addition, we are talking to another brewery about a collaborative brew. Look for that beer in the late summer.
This additional production will provide more beer for New Jersey & PA and facilitate future distribution to the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. Eventually we will go to NY. If you want to help with this growth, continue reading.
To facilitate this expansion we will start a Kickstarter type campaign in mid to late April to raising $25,000 for the following items and maybe some other stuff:
Wrap the Chevy 3500 Van we just bought to carry the increased production in BOAKS, think of it as a 18 ft driving BOAKS billboard
100+ more kegs to get the beer to you
A 4 head bottle filler for 22oz bottles so limited release beers can be bottled
Deposit on Beer to get the production flowing quicker
By participating in our campaign we will provide you with levels of BOAKS Awards. The more you help, the more interesting the Award. Starting with BOAKS Coasters, Tap Handles, Glassware and Clothing, your name on a keg, “Quality Control” with Brian, Help on bottling day, Brewing a Test Batch with BOAKS and other cool Awards.
BOAKS on TV!!
Starting April 2nd on Sundance Channel the second season of The Red Road begins. The show is based in the Mahwah NJ area. We were asked to supply some BOAKS items to add some local color to the show. We believe our beer will be in 2 of 6 episodes. Watch the show and spot BOAKS Beer and other BOAKS items. It will be like a “Where’s Waldo” game. Let us know when you spot a BOAKS item. It is more then just beer bottles.
On May 2nd Brian Boak will be on What’s on Tap with Gary Monterosso. The show will air from 1-2pm on Comcast Channel 22 in South Jersey, 1240AM on the Radio and on the internet, Live at www.SNJToday.com or On Demand at https://snjtoday.com/whats-on-tap/archives/
BOAKS on the Radio
Friday April 10th at 8:30am we will be on My Beer Buzz. This radio show is on 103.1 WILK, Northeast PA Talk Radio. The show is only 15 minutes so do not tune in late http://www.wilknewsradio.com/Friday-Beer-Buzz-Blog/6986026
April 10th: BOAKS will have 7 beers on tap at Garfield’s in Selinsgrove, PA. Come talk with Brian Boak and enjoy our beers.
April 11th: Taming of the Brew in Bloomsburg, PA
April 18th: Electric City Brewfest at Montage Mountain, PA
May 9th: Mount Hope Brewfest, Manheim, PA (Ren Fest)
May 30th: International Great Beer Festival, Navy Yard, Philly
June 27th: Brew at the Zoo, Turtle Back Zoo, East Orange, NJ
July 14th: BOAKS Tap Takeover, 381 Main Bar & Grill, Little Falls, NJ
July 18th: Selinsgrove Brewfest, Selinsgrove, PA
December 5th: Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival, Greater Philly Expo Center, Oak, PA
BOAKS ON THE RADIO
Saturday from 1-2 Brian Boak will be on “What’s On Tap” live in southern NJ on 1240 AM WSNJ and at snjtoday.com. The show goes On Demand on the SNJ Today website later the same day. Audio of the show airs on local Comcast channel 22. Hosted by Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin. We will be joined on the phone with Kevin Trayner (Beer Writer) and Nicole Gaffney (Food Network) during the hour.
WOODEN BEANIE UPDATE
Wooden Beanie was kegged today. Being a small batch there are limited kegs and no bottles yet. Have your best craft bar talk to their distributor to see if they can get one of the 5 kegs available in their area. We hope to bottle some the next time we make it in the Fall.
What we have been doing:
Beer festivals have started. The International Great Beer Festival at the Meadowlands Expo Center was a big hit. We brought Monster Mash, Wooden Beanie, Flamethrower, Abbey Brown and Double BW. We left with very little beer. It is only February and we are already lined up for 10 events. By the end of the year I am sure that number will grow.
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We are starting to set up store tasting for the next few months. Let us know if your store wants a BOAKS Tasting
If you know a bar or store that would like to have a BOAKS Event let us know and we will contact them.
We will brew Two Blind Monks next week. Expect to see it out in early March.
Two Blind Monks (March)
Jan’s Porter (Late 2015)
Latter this year, look for some of our draft only beers to arrive in 22oz bottles (Wooden Beanie, Abbey Brown and others).
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Flamethrower will be kegged on Thursday. The Chipotle Peppers were put in on Tuesday before New Years. We had a small taste on Wednesday and they already started to flavor the beer. We look forward to tasting it on Tuesday to see how it has progressed. This will be a Draft Only version. Flamethrower will return for Cinco de Mayo. We hope to bottle some in 22 oz bottles. We expect Mountain Creek Ski Resort to have this on tap for the Winter. If you know another Ski Resort we would be happy to talk to them.
What we have been doing:
We have been enjoying some winter beers for the Holidays. Hopefully you had a great Holiday Season and enjoyed some of these limited beers.
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We are starting to set up store tasting for the next few months. Let us know if your store wants a BOAKS Tasting. If you know a bar or store that would like to have a BOAKS Event let us know and we will contact them.
We will brew Wooden Beanie next. Expect to see it in Draft Only in late February.