Not the cell phone jailbreak; if work is jail, then yes; break a jail, certainly did. I finally got a chance to take a ride to Jailhouse Brewing down in Hampton, GA last week. Just days after SnowJam2014 in Atlanta and a day after skipping work to get over this cold/sinus mess I had going for about a week. I actually feel bad about missing work nowadays, but then I look at my pay cut paycheck and get over that feeling pretty quick. Seeing that Hampton is on the other side of the country from Athens it still meant an early morning to be at Gratis Brewing by 7 a.m. for our departure. It was my first time outside since the heavy 0.50″ of snow from Tuesday and found that we got less than anyone.
We left Gratis and headed southwest barreling through any remains of SnowJam arriving at Jailhouse without any problems. I must add this wasn’t a bad ride at all, but then again, not driving made it easier. We walk right in to find Glenn and John at the desk trying to remedy the first break of the day, their bottle label conveyor belt. I suddenly felt like I was back at work. They were brewing 4-D IPA and planning to bottle Misdemeanor Ale today. Phone calls were being made, ideas tossed around and a piece of wire managed to the trick today but not without the occasional misaligned or non-attached label.
Chris was in heaven since all he was told to do was to man the brew deck all day. He hit his numbers on the first batch and I was lucky enough to rake out the 15bbl lauter tun by hand. 900 lbs of wet grain never felt so good. Hopefully one day I’ll get to brew my own batch on a pro-sized system. After this we finally started bottling and things were clicking right along. We made through about half a pallet before we ran into more problems and stopped for the day. I think at this point Brian realized my presence was wrecking havoc, or maybe it was his, so we high tailed it back across the country to Athens.
All the trouble aside Jailhouse is killing it with great beers, recently moved their year round beers to six packs and are looking at moving or expanding. Currently they are more packed in than a car full of rats in a tube sock, but that doesn’t seem to hurt the beer one bit. Cheers to Glenn and the gang for having us out, letting us wreck their day and get in the way of production. I hope to make it back soon to enjoy some fresh beer on site.