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Beer in danger!

read 896 times • 5 replies • posted 7/3/2012 10:09:20 AM

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joet 2172:91
There were no pint glasses raised for the derecho.

Not at the Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria, Va., where owner Bill Butcher and head brewer Jonathan Reeves paced nervously, fretting about thousands of gallons of craft brew - especially an ever-warming tank of seasonal pilsner more than two days into the fermentation process.

"It should be around 50 degrees," Butcher said Monday morning after a long weekend without power in the midst of a relentless heat wave.

"Itís around 62 right now," Reeves said.

The two men were racing against the thermometer to preserve the contents of the 1,860-gallon stainless steel tank, which (they hope) will be bottled as Downright Pilsner.

"If we have to drop the tank, itís about $20,000," Butcher said. "As a start-up business, every dollar in sales is critical. We donít have any margin for error. This is a crisis situation."

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joet 2172:91
7/3/2012 10:10:07 AM

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drinkrealbeer 47:2
7/3/2012 10:12:02 AM

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Port City Brewing is having a party this afternoon/evening. If youíre in the NoVa/DC area and can make it - show your support!

7/3/2012 10:16:50 AM

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Drake 8546:476
Damn... Donít Virginia Power and the other power companies know that police, fire, hospitals, my house and breweries are the first priorities?

I had no power two days. That sucked, especially with a heat index breaking 110.

7/3/2012 1:37:45 PM

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JMerritt 1796:72
Surely insurance would cover the loss, right?
7/3/2012 1:45:55 PM

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