Patersbier

The White Birch Brewing Apprentice Series is the culmination of months of hard work and fun.

A Patersbier (or Father’s beer) is traditionally brewed within Belgian monasteries for the Monks’ own consumption and not sold to the public. Kerry’s interpretation features a slightly spicy nose, soft pilsner malt body and a semi-dry finish. The result is a delicious beer whether meditating alone or sharing with friends.

As Kerry moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

Words from apprentice brewer Kerry Walker
My time at White Birch has been an amazing experience! My first day was a combination of colorful balloons and riding in a van with no windows. How many jobs can boast that?! Since the White Birch family was moving into a larger space, and none of their tanks were fastened in place yet, one of my first tasks as a brewing apprentice was getting them bolted into the cement. Armed with only a hammer-drill, a tool which sounded made up, (similar to the nunchuck–sword), I was to drill holes in the floor so the tanks could no longer meander about. With the help and guidance of others, I was well on my way to completely destroying three drills.

I can’t thank the great folks at White Birch Brewing enough for the opportunity to be an apprentice. I’ve learned so much from Bill, Ellen, Chris, Dave, Brian, Ben, and all of the apprentices I’ve met and worked with. It’s been a challenging, yet rewarding six months. The guidance and mentoring I’ve received are invaluable. It’s inspiring to be around people who have so much passion for what they are doing, day in and day out. Without a doubt the long Friday commute from Albany, NY was worth every second!

Here are some of the things that stuck with me. Plan B is the new Plan A. There is no substitute for Cool Ranch Doritos. A probe thermometer cannot support the weight of an adult human. If you locate a man’s tent at a beer festival, at night, you’ll probably get to be his brewing apprentice. The cost of a hotel room in Hooksett doubles during NASCAR weekend. The word cavitation does not refer to a tooth filling. The best way to get around the brewery is to ride the pallet jack like a scooter. Plexiglas cannot stand up to an over pressurized bottle of craft beer. There is no limit to the amount of times you can exchange a hammer drill.

For my apprentice release, Patersbier, I chose to keep things simple. A theme that is successful, knowing that any given brew day has the potential to test your Disaster Recovery plan! Always remember to take the time and enjoy what you are doing. You probably got into brewing because you enjoy it. Don’t ever lose sight of that.

Going forward, my ultimate goal is to open my own brewery (isn’t everyone’s?) and help build up New York’s capital region craft brew scene. Keep up with me, and my racing-snail progress on Facebook.

Cheers!
Kerry Walker
Apprentice Brewer

 

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