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    A Cooler for All Occasions

    Going on a tour of our small brewery is an easy task.  If you can turn your head, you can see the whole place.  But we almost always find ourselves lingering in one specific corner with our backs to the brewhouse.  It’s because of a much misunderstood, little-known piece of 18-19th century equipment that always fascinates our visitors: our cooler (or “cooling tray”, or “coolship”, “Kühlschiff”or even “koelschip”).  Let’s just refer to it as a “flat cooler” for now since that’s the proper English term for it. Flat coolers are not entirely rare – once deemed obsolete, they have been making their way back into craft breweries since our friends in Maine,…

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    Wundo and Koel It!

    There’s a long gap between this and my previous writings and I should apologize to anyone who cares.  We’ve been busy, of course but we had been allowing the beers and taproom to speak for us I guess.  Mostly people…

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    The Urchin’s Tale

    The Urchin was a small creature.  Insignificant-looking, perhaps.  But to some he was very much the opposite, as we shall see.  He lived on a moor, a moor on a hilltop, in a land of misty hills and billowy dales. …

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    Jack D’Or Must Die

    Our newest beer here at Saint Mars is not new at all in some ways. In other ways, it’s totally new, and in yet more ways, it’s just plain WRONG. For our new Sheffield friends, we aren’t trying to leave…