What’s Brewing at Vine & Table? … We Are!

Books & Brews at Vine & Table

If you’ve been watching the beer section at Vine & Table over the last few months you may have noticed a particular new brew appear on the shelves. Last November we unveiled our first privately brewed beer, a Belgian Strong Ale with apricots that we dubbed “The Merchant of V&T.” The Merchant was the brainchild of your humble beer guy (David Helt) and Jason Wuerfel, owner/head brewer of local brewpub Books & Brews. The response to this collaboration has been incredible. In less than a month we sold through over half of our entire order, and bottles have been steadily making their way into customers’ hands ever since. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to taste this fantastic beer yet, I highly advise making a trip to pick up a bottle while we still have a few left.

Books & Brews with Vine & TableWe enjoyed the experience of customizing a beer so much we decided to do it all over again! In the coming months we will be releasing not one but two new brews from our Merchant of V&T collection. One must remain a surprise for now (though we will be dropping hints in the days to come) but “The Merchant of V&T, Volume 2” is ready to be announced. Coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day, the second Merchant will be a deliciously rich Chocolate Covered Cherry Milk Stout. Imagine all the essence of ripe bright cherries layered with the sweetness of delicate Swiss chocolate – that’s what this beer is about!

Books-Brews-2Books & Brews, The Merchant of V&TTo celebrate this occasion, I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes for the making of our beer. While supervising the brewing of our Belgian ale was fun, I decided that this time I wanted to get my hands dirty. In fact, I was involved in all aspects of the brewing of this Stout. I grabbed a camera and fellow Vine & Table beer aficionado Zach Pratt and headed to the brewery to get started. When told of our plans the brewers at Books & Brews were kind enough to humor us. Start to finish you will see our efforts in this beer. From choosing the yeast strain to selecting and grinding the grain to stirring the mash, we lent a hand. We oversaw bringing the malty wort to a boil and when it came time to add the lactose to the brew to ensure a smooth mouth-feel and just a touch of Valentine’s sweetness, yours truly did the honors. When last we tasted the beer, we decided it needed a touch more cherry goodness, so that’s exactly what it got! Books & Brews at Vine & Table

Like a great new book, we’ll have two launch parties to showcase the fruits of our labor. The first will be at Books & Brews (9402 Uptown Dr., Suite 1400) on Friday, February 13th from 5 – 7 pm, where we’ll tap the keg and be on hand to tell you more behind-the-scenes stories of the beer. Jason will also join us at a bonus event at Vine & Table on Saturday, February 14th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to show off the brew in his ever-popular bombers. Come out to see us at either event and discover what a little bit of love can do for a beer.

-David Helt

David Helt

About David Helt

So, you’re interested in the fantastic life story of the Beer Guy. I was born and bred in exotic Indianapolis and… well maybe not that exotic after all. In truth, I was a late bloomer when it came to beer. I spent most of my twenties convinced that beer was not for me. When I realized there was more to the beer world than what the major brands were selling though, well let’s just say I jumped in with both feet and never looked back. I’ve devoted myself to studying the various styles the world has to offer and even tried my hand at brewing several. Now I’m looking to turn a personal mission into a career. This has led me to Vine & Table and into Cicerone training. I look forward to discussing your favorite brews and hopefully turning you on to your next favorites. Beer Buyer for Vine & Table
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One Response to What’s Brewing at Vine & Table? … We Are!

  1. Neal Hoffman says:

    Really looking forward to the release on Saturday- see you then!

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