Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing an International Success

By James Sullivan, Jeremy Cowan

During this witty and compelling story of ways the nation's first and merely Jewish party beer got here to fruition, founder Jeremy Cowan tells the tale of Shmaltz Brewing's evolution from an inside of funny story right into a thriving and award-winning craft brewing corporation. Divulged are the small-business demanding situations and advertising and marketing suggestions that helped Cowan move from hand-squeezing pomegranates and offering beer in his grandmother's Volvo to generating of the main revered and targeted craft beer manufacturers in the US: He'brew the selected Beer and Coney Island Craft Lagers. integrated along the sage suggestion for marketers and the funny own anecdotes are recommended beer pairings for every bankruptcy, a hangover ranking approach, and sixteen pages of full-color picture collages.

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There have been a few kosher wines that have been nice caliber, yet with not anything rather Jewish concerning the content material. It was once kosher, made via Jews, for Jews, yet without further layer of schooling in the course of the product itself. That used to be a major a part of what I was hoping to complete. actually, kosher is not a topic with beer. by way of beer, 3 rabbis will provide 4 solutions. whilst i began, I didn’t even get the beer qualified kosher. such a lot items made with in simple terms grains, hops, yeast, and water will be kosher besides. Wine, with its sacramental culture, calls for elaborate legislation, Talmudic discourse, mystical interpretation. Beer, probably thought of the drink of the Egyptian overlords (or, extra lately, the German beer hall-ers), was once slightly even regulated. although the bumper sticky label “Jews Don’t Drink Beer” loomed, I knew from adventure that the stereotype had adequate exceptions to disprove the guideline. With various degrees of Judaic id, lots of Jewish men populated microbrewing. simply on the most sensible have been Ken Grossman at Sierra, Pete Slosberg of depraved Ale status, Alan Newman and Matt Cohen from Magic Hat, Alan Sprints at Hair of the puppy, Jon Bloostein at Heartland Brewing, David Myers at Redstone Meadery, Alan Shapiro (J-Bro — now Sr. , for our brethren in Seattle) of S. B. S. Imports, and naturally the Rheingold relations (not of the craft beer tribe, yet from an previous period of yank brewing history). numerous brewers, reps, and employees have swung by way of the He’brew sales space or a pint evening to proportion the key handshake. every time that occurs, it reinforces the lifestyles of an unstated, and barely documented, underground Jewish brewing conspiracy. yet 5 thousand years of gorgeous culture — “from Moses to Sandy Koufax,” as John Goodman says within the significant Lebowski — however couldn't muster a fragment of the rabbinic consciousness for beer that wine had earned. besides, the share of individuals in northern California who have been retaining kosher was once minimum. yet as I improved to L. A. , Chicago, and long island, I knew it'd be very important to get the certification. It wasn’t inevitably a massive promoting element, however it was once an noticeable query. each save could ask, “So it’s a kosher beer? ” virtually a 12 months later, i started operating with a kosher supervisor1, Rabbi Lisbon at Kosher Supervision of the US in L. A. exceptional to paintings with, a true mensch, he minimize me a deal at the Rabbi Seal of Approval, and he even permit me slide on funds while I hit monetary backside many years later. trying to find the way to make the beer, the beverage itself, by some means extra Jewish, i made a decision to exploit pomegranate juice within the brewing strategy. Pomegranates are one of many Seven Sacred Species indexed within the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:8). whilst Moses leads the Hebrews out of Egypt throughout the desolate tract to the sting of what Abraham had referred to as the Promised Land, he sends spies into Canaan. They go back with a recognized comment: “It’s a land flowing with milk and honey. ” they carry again what develop into the seven sacred species — wheat, barley, pomegranate, figs, dates, grapes, and olives.

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