Inside the Pyrite Brewing Process

NCBA brewers and the Motley Brews team assemble for the brewing of Pyrite Pale Ale, the first-ever NCBA collaboration brew and the Official Beer of the 2013 Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Close up of the Pyrite mash, where the starches in the barley are broken down into sugars for the yeast to eat and produce alcohol. Matt Marino of Joseph James Brewing Co. monitors the temperature and consistency of the mash.  The difference of a few degrees can mean a totally different beer.  We’re aiming for a light bodied brew with a conservative alcohol percentage. Viewing ports in the mash tun give us a close look at what’s going on in there.  Those vertical tubes will start to clear up as the mash finishes, giving us the first glimpse of our pale ale. Pyrite is starting to look like a beer, but it definitely doesn’t taste like one yet. This is the wort, the malty and sugary liquid extracted from the mash. The wort will travel from the mash tun on the left over to the kettle on the right, where it will be boiled with hops for their bitter flavor and flowery aroma.  Speaking of which, here they are!  We used precious Amarillo hops in the 90-minute boil. Meanwhile, it’s time to clean the leftover grains out of the mash tun. Following the boil the wort is sent to fermentation tanks–the ones with conic bottoms–where yeast is finally added so it can get to work converting those sugars into alcohol.  When the fermentation period is over the beer will be piped into the large cylindrical brite tanks,...

NCBA Profile: Tenaya Creek Brewery

We sat down with Tenaya Creek Head Brewer Anthony Gibson to talk about the craft beer industry in Nevada, Tenaya’s recent expansion and tips for trying out new beers. Gibson has been the Head Brewer at Tenaya since 2007, where he’s been busy pumping out about 20 different beers throughout each year–some for wide distribution and others for testing on the proving grounds of Tenaya’s brewpub.  Tenaya’s been turning heads recently, especially following DRAFT Magazine’s review of Old Jackalope Barleywine (rating the beer 97/100) and Hop Ride IPA’s trip to the Elite 8 in the 2012 National IPA Championship. Working to meet Tenaya’s increasing demand, Gibson says it’s important to stay grounded: “Of course it’s important for us to grow and get our beer out there, but Las Vegas should always be our target market.” He motions to the front, where the brewpub is located: “We get a lot of regulars out there and we can trust them to tell us what they honestly think about something we’re trying out.  They’re the ones we focus on.”  It’s clear that Gibson, a Las Vegas native, garners some serious affection for his city. The growth he mentions?  Tenaya recently expanded their brewery, boosting their production output by 60 percent and allowing them to extend their reach into two new markets: Southern California and Alberta, Canada.  While Gibson is optimistic about the opportunities afforded by the expansion, he remains adamant that there’s still work to be done right here at home. Las Vegas isn’t exactly considered a hub of craft beer culture but it’s hard for small breweries to compete for visibility...

Pyrite Pale Ale Logo Contest

It’s got a name. Can you give it a look? Be a part of Nevada Craft Brewing history by creating the logo for the first-ever collaboration beer from local brewers! Submit your design for Pyrite Pale Ale, the NCBA brew for the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, and you could win 4 VIP Brewers Lounge tickets to the 2013 GVFB and have your artwork prominently displayed at the festival. Prize The winner of the Motley Brews Pyrite Logo contest will receive 4 VIP Brewers Lounge tickets for the 2013 Great Vegas Festival of Beer and their artwork will be featured in the NCBA pavilion for the unveiling of Pyrite Pale Ale. How to Enter 1. Initial entries must be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Pyrite Logo Contest”. The entries must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format and also as a 1000×1000 pixels JPG. See the Submission Guidelines below for further information. 2. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant. 3. No more than 3 Entries may be submitted by any one Entrant. 4. Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so will be rejected. 5. The deadline for Entries is midnight on April 7, 2013 Pacific Standard Time. 6. We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt; however, we cannot be responsible for entries or responses lost in e-mail. 7. There is no fee to enter the Contest. 8. Entrant must be 21 years of age by April 27, 2013...