Brew Minds heads to Fifty West Brewing Company once more to talk with owner Bobby Slattery, as well as new hires Scott LaFollette (formerly of Blank Slate) and Chris Seigman, (formerly of Mt. Carmel Brewing.) We discuss their new roles, Fifty Fest and so much more.
Blank Slate closed just over three weeks ago. Here is his statement on the closing and many fond remembrances. Many people have wondered about where the owner and head brewer Scott LaFollette would end up. I am happy to report he has been hired by Fifty West to become the production manager! This is great news for Scott, Fifty West, and Cincinnati beer drinkers!
Monday morning we noticed something was odd at Blank Slate. By Monday afternoon we knew that they had closed. Since then there has been much speculation and many varying assumptions about why they closed. But there have been no facts until now.
Jesse and Tom invited Frank Seta, owner and bar tender at the Lucky Turtle, over for a conversation about traveling and beer. We started off with what local Cincinnati beer we’d bring with us on a trip, either to drink by ourselves or share with friends we met along the way. From there the conversation ranged into how to travel with beer, either driving or flying and where to travel with or for beer. We wrapped things up with a discussion on beer destinations cities and if Cincinnati is one, or what it’d take for us to become one.
We also had some technical difficulties while filming, so please forgive the slides at the beginning, the audio is great throughout and the video picks up around the 11-minute mark. We promise to have these issues sorted out before next time.
Quaff Bros. is a gypsy beer label from Cincinnati, and now across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. It’s been three years since my post helping you know your local brewery. There have been some changes at Quaff Bros that we’re going to get into, but rest assured, the future is bright and blue (melvin)!
Blank Slate Brewing Company joined the Cincinnati brewing scene in Spring of 2012, and I sat down with him in the fall of that year. Realizing it’s been three years since then, we sat down for another interview recently. Scott and I talked for a long time, this is a long post please bear with it, it’s worth it. Also, hang tight for later this week or next when I’ll post part 2. Today, though, it’s all about Blank Slate Brewing Company!
I always ask for a deluge of books for Christmas. I love giving and receiving books for birthdays or the holidays. They’re little bundles of knowledge that enrich the life of the giftee. Which is to say get ready for a couple book reviews over the next few weeks. Farmhouse Ales and Wild Brews have both been on my must read homebrewing list for a few years so I was stoked to receive them both as gifts. Farmhouse Ales ended up on the top of the pile of books so we’re tackling that first, look forward to Wild Brews soon!
To start us off here’s the publisher’s description:
Farmhouse Ales defines the results of years of evolution, refinement, of simple rustic ales in modern and historical terms, while guiding today’s brewers toward credible—and enjoyable—reproductions of these old world classics.