“Binghamton-Bound Breweries” via The Press & Sun Bulletin

We (Black Heart Brewery), were recently interviewed for an article in our local paper about the 4 breweries and brewpubs planning to open in Binghamton, NY. Today, the article ran in The Press & Sun Bulletin on the front page. Here is the section on our business:

Black Heart Brewery

What: Nanobrewery, using ingredients from the Finger Lakes region.

Where: Currently brewing 10-gallon, all-grain batches from the garage of Brett Martin’s home on Binghamton’s West Side. They made their first batch of beer around 2004. They now brew about once a week, making mostly ales — mainly a pale ale, a porter and a few other beers.

They’re looking for a new location — about 1,600 to 2,000 square feet — and are considering Binghamton.

When: They hope to open at the new site in the spring and initially sell their beer in kegs to bars.

Who: Friends Brett Martin, the business owner, and Jay Maslar, head brewer. Both are 2002 Seton Catholic Central High School graduates. They sat next to each other in class, thanks to assigned seating based on the alphabetical order of their last names.

Martin is an iPhone programmer at United Health Services. Maslar works at an area jewelry store and does video and audio work for Broome Community College. They expect to operate the business by themselves for at least the first six to 12 months.

On the Web: blackheartbrewery.com.

Here is the whole article:
http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20111204/BUSINESS/112040349/Binghamton-bound-breweries

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Small Business Fridays

Recently, the gentlemen from the Binghamton Marketing stopped by to shoot one of their weekly webisodes – Small Business Fridays – about our nanobrewery, Black Heart Brewery. We were in the middle of a very hot Saturday brew session when they stopped in to do a video shoot/interview. They were great, with awesome questions and a whole lot of amazement (as often people have when they see our DIY brewing technology). So give the video below a watch. And there will be more nanobrewery video updates to come real soon. Cheers!

 

The Biggest Update Ever

I did it; I bought a new home.

www.downthepieratehole.com

Click it. It will take you right here. For now. Soon, it will take you to a brand new – still powered by WordPress – blog.  There will be much more pictures, brewery tours (not my brewery, other peoples), videos, book reviews, Black Heart Brewery updates, info on my soon to be planted home hop garden (I have a thumb that is green than my beard is long), and much, much more. I will continue to post beer reviews, but they will take to the back burner, allowing more focus on blogging.  I have a very very special nanobrewery related project I will be announcing in the coming weeks (not a new brewery – I already have one, why would I need another one? yet) Stay tuned, big things to come. Until then, go drink some good beer. Cheers!

Black Heart Brewery Update & Control Panel Test Video

On Sunday, Brett and I spent the entire day, a good 10 hours of it, in the brewery soldering, cutting, stripping, and connecting wires and components. We are happy to announce we now have working switches and LED indicator lights. These let us know that the components are getting power, and are explained further in the video below. We are ordering the rest of the box parts tomorrow and it will be completed on Thursday, less the Brewtroller 4.0, which we are waiting to hear an arrival date on. Other than that, we can finish hooking back up the plumbing, route the wires, test the valves and connections. We will be brewing within 2 weeks; period.
We were pleased to find out today that our friend Adam, who is BHB’s welder, will be finishing up the mounting arm for the control box, and we will have it in place by mid week; pictures to come.
Our grain mill is hopefully going to be completed by the time we brew again, but if not, I will deal with ONE last manual crush session at the local homebrew store [Author’s note: As an aggressive inline skater, I have sustained many shoulder injuries through the years, most recently with a dislocation prior to massive snow storms, so that Monster Mill is going to be my new best friend soon.]
Like I said previously, we are 2 weeks away from being able to brew again, and once we do, the beer will be flowing. We just ordered up 11 1/6bbl kegs, that we hope to fill very soon via a weekly brewing schedule, a goal that we are on task to reach by the end of March.
That is all for now. Please enjoy the short update below, with many more to follow, including some in depth videos on nanobrewing. Cheers!