Splendor and glory are yours if you can answer one riddle: when were you born?
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.
We’ll also be slingin’ some beers out back of the Maltex on Friday night, for Hopapalooza, featuring an outdoor beer garden and live music from Funkwagon, Serotheft and Blowtorch.
On Saturday, we pour some more during STRUT, the Art Hop’s annual epic fashion show.
See you in the beautiful South End!
The 4th annual Wall to Canvas live art competition hits the brewery tomorrow afternoon, from 12 to 6pm!
While all our brewery events are spectacular, this one is probably the most unique. 12 artists from around the region have been selected to paint, spray and play their way through the day, creating a work of incredible art while revelers watch, drink beer and get their groove on.
Come on down for some cold brews, including special cask offerings, Chubby Muffin eats and good vibes. Check out the poster above for details, or visit the Wall to Canvas page at magichat.net.
This weekend, one of the best-named music festivals in the country will take place in Devens, MA. The Nines Festival takes place Saturday, August 10th, and features a spectacular day-long lineup of music, art, comedy and, yes, plenty of Magic Hat beer.
Explosions in the Sky, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit and Shuggie Otis are but a few of the amazing acts that have been assembled. Join us down in MA for the day and get down.
Tickets are still available, so check out The Nines Festival website for more info.