Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Huge Thanks!

In our eyes, the Low Dive fundraiser at Oh No! Doom this past weekend was a huge success. We were blown away by the amazing outpouring of support and want to extend a huge expression of gratitude to everyone involved.

First and foremost, we have to thank Oh No! Doom. We are very grateful to them for allowing us to take over their gallery and we very much look forward to continuing to work with them in the future. We are also thankful for the bounty of delicious snacks provided by Farm. Butcher. Table., and are truly excited and appreciative of all who came to the event to support us. We had a great group of attendees who were able to extinguish our entire arsenal of draft beer in just under 4 hours (30 gallons across four different styles).

Two of the attendees were professional brewers in town for classes at Siebel—one from Pennsylvania and the other from Mother's Brewing in Springfield, Missouri. Having previously enjoyed a few rounds at Revolution, they decided to walk down Milwaukee Ave. for more rounds at Piece. Along the way they found our event, ended up staying for a couple of hours, and we're pretty sure they tried just about every beer we opened.

Also in attendance were some extremely generous bidders who made our silent auction very successful. We had a nice array of our stronger vintage ales available, including Malevolence, Noir Matou and Beneficence as well as a few others.

This event also marked the release of our new shirts designed by Joey Potts and printed by Sharprint. It was great working with Joey. The shirts sold incredibly well, and the remaining few are currently available at Oh No! Doom.

So once again, we want to thank everyone involved in helping us get the ball rolling with this fundraiser. We want to remind you that you can keep up with our quest to start a commercial brewery by signing up for our email list. Also, if you weren't able to make it out to the event, but still want to contribute, you can do so by utilizing the donate function of this site.

Thank you so much, we really appreciate all of the support!

* All photos above captured by Darwensi.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Our friends at Oh No! Doom are helping us host a fundraiser this Saturday from 3 to 7pm. The purpose of the fundraiser is simple: we're hoping to open a small commercial brewery. In order to do that, we're looking for help with the cost of expansion—space, equipment, licensing, and much more. In an effort to raise these funds, we think it's only appropriate we introduce ourselves and our beer to everyone.

- We'll have 4 beers on tap:
Separated at Birth III:
Here Comes the Rain
Wheat IPA   6.9%

Separated at Birth III:
Threat of Sun
Dry-Hopped Saison    8.7%

Harvest S.M.A.S.H.
Harvest Ale    7.2%

Herbst Schwarz
Schwarzbier    7.3%
- Delicious pork pickings from Farm. Butcher. Table.
- Silent auction including vintage Low Dive beers from our cellar as well as some recent releases (auction ends at 6:30pm)
- Raffle drawings at the top of every hour
- Complimentary Low Dive taster glasses for the first 30 people through the door
- New Low Dive shirts designed by Joey Potts for sale

It's our pleasure to offer what we hope will be a fun & informative event with no upfront cost to you. If you like what we stand for and enjoy the beers we make, all we ask in return is that you consider supporting us in taking our dream one step further. Your donations, either through this site or Saturday at the event, will help ensure Low Dive will be brewing for you for years to come.

NOTE: We will NOT be able to accept credit cards at the event Saturday. Cash or check only please.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Harvest

Often times the change in seasons can dictate what concoctions are coming out of the Low Dive camp. As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the vibrant colors, smells, and tastes associated with fall, this could not be more true for a recent batch we brewed. This year marks the second time we have utilized our homegrown Nugget hops in one of our beers. Coming on strong in its third year of residency in a cozy backyard in Logan Square our Nugget hop vine provided us with an opportunity to make a harvest ale.
Harvest ales are brewed in conjunction with the annual hop harvest. Instead of using hops that have been dried once they are picked, these ales use 'fresh hops' that go from vine to kettle with as little time in between as possible. In our case our hops were picked only a few hours before the beer was brewed.
In an effort to showcase the characteristics of our Nugget hops we decided to brew our first ever S.M.A.S.H. beer. The acronym S.M.A.S.H. stands for Single Malt and Single Hop. The mash for this beer was composed entirely of Maris Otter, an English base malt that produces a slightly darker beer than American pale malt and has it’s own unique flavor. And of course, Nugget was the only hop variety used in this beer, for bittering and flavor in the kettle, as well as for the dry hopping. If this is something you would like to try please join us this Saturday, November 5 from 3 - 7 PM at OhNo!Doom in Wicker Park. Our Harvest S.M.A.S.H. will be on tap for those interested in a taste.
Additionally, there was enough Nugget produced this year that we were able to contribute some of our crop to the fine folks down the street at Revolution Brewery. Revolution collected uber locally grown hops and brewed a beer appropriately named Backyard IPA. We thought this was a great experiment and really can't say we are aware of anyone else doing this before.
Planning ahead for the future we also planted some Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade rhizomes this year. No, we did not plan on planting only hops that started with the letter 'C'. That kind of just happened. Can't wait til next year to c how these hops develop...