Splendor and glory are yours if you can answer one riddle: when were you born?
Last fall during SEABA’s annual South End Art Hop, the art-loving public of Burlington’s South End voted Maria Sengle the winner of our Labels for Libations contest.
The time has come for Maria’s label to grace 22-ounce bottles of our limited-edition Art Hop Ale! We’re throwing a release party, complete with the wonderful artist herself, at our brewery on Thursday, June 5th, from 5-7pm.
Come join us for pints, prints, music and the grand revealing of Maria’s work on our tour ramp’s Art Space!
Neil young recorded his new cover album in a phone booth. Sort of. Okay, not really, but it was in something called a Voice-O-Graph, and it’s about the size of a phone booth.
On Record Store Day, April 19th, Jack White’s label, Third Man Records released “A Letter Home” on vinyl, the deluxe set of which will be available on May 27th. It’s really an amazing, raw, old-timey sound that only someone like Neil can pull off to such an amazing effect. On the album, he covers Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Don Everly and more.
Check out the video above to hear Neil’s cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” and to see just what kind of space he was working with in the Voice-O-Graph.
Probably the best $30-ish bucks we’ve spent in the last couple months was on a book of rock ‘n roll photos by Jay Blakesberg titled JAM. For years, Blakesberg has been capturing the energy of the greatest rock and jam bands ever to grace the stage. From the Grateful Dead to String Cheese to moe. to Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction, he’s got a knack for closing the shutter at that moment we wish we could see forever. Thanks to him, we can.
Each photo is accompanied by a short paragraph of the musician featured where they describe what it’s like to be in the middle of a moment that seems to transcend space, time and consciousness, both the band and its audience. It reminds us of Jeff Tweedy’s great rant on “Sunken Treasure Live” where he says, “…you feel yourself being in a room full of people with all their hearts beating, and all of their thoughts and feelings, and you’re a part of it. You’re not just you, you’re a part of a group of people. In a really beautiful way. It’s a really wonderful thing to be a part of. … It’s what you do when you go to a concert. You’re a part of it.”
If My Morning Jacket on the cover doesn’t sell you on it, there may be no hope for you.
JAM is still available over at Rock Out Books so hop to. And Like Jay on Facebook, too, because he’s constantly posting shots from shows he’s been to over the last four decades.
In 2010, shortly after the completion of our brewery expansion, Eric Fitch and PurposeEnergy of Arlington, MA, finished installing a monumental piece of machinery in the back of our parking lot. It’s called a Tribrid-Bioreactor™ (the Digester), and Magic Hat was the first brewery in the world to install one.
The waste water from the brewery used to get flushed into the sewers, and that would leave us with a wicked waste water bill, and it also put a strain on the municipal wastewater treatment plant. Today, our wastewater (wash water, floor drains, yeast, trub) is piped into the Digester where bacteria converts the organic material into biogas (methane). An on-site generator converts the methane into electricity to produce about 30% of the brewery’s power (enough to power around 200 Vermont homes).
The cleaned water is then able to be flushed down the drain, far cleaner than it started, which helps to keep Lake Champlain clean and reduces the algae blooms that feed on organic waste material. (If you look at the third photo, of the black goop, that’s what the waste looks like before it’s cleaned. The water in the glass below is after filtering.)
Every eight weeks or so, we “decant” the solids that have broken down and settled inside the Digester. We usually pull out about 20 tons of the stuff, enough to fill about 2 40-yard waste containers, and it looks like rich potting soil. These solids go to a farmer outside Burlington who uses it as fertilizer on his corn and bean crops (it’s super rich in slow-release Nitrogen and Phosphorous).
Since we installed our Digester, other breweries have taken interest and more Digesters are on the way. Fitch and his team are constantly making improvements to the process. It’s an amazing technology that creates renewable energy while saving money and reducing our carbon footprint. For more information on PurposeEnergy, visit their website and read some of the articles out there on our Digester.
Warm up your good juju and find a groove with these tasty jams.