COVID19 – Hand Sanitizer Production Summary

Daft Brewing used its resources, expertise and a tremendous amount of help from the community to provide hand sanitizer to people and businesses in need during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has been highlighted by the Whig, Queens School of Graduate Studies  and featured in Queens Alumni. In total, Daft was able to produce 2163.97 L of hand sanitizer. Through 13 different batches, from March through July, we were able to produce all of our sanitizer on-site, using our own still and fermenting equipment.

At the onset of this project we decided to prioritize donations to the medical field and front line personnel. In total, over 250 individuals, groups and businesses received hand sanitizer from Daft. The response was overwhelming. We also received over 280 requests simply through our website and over 400 formal requests in total.

This project wasn’t cheap. Daft Brewing initially invested over $5,000 in the first three months of the pandemic, along with supplying the labor and equipment for getting the project off the ground. Following this, a successful GoFundMe campaign was launched which raised $2,483 from 38 generous donors! This money was used to ensure that we could continue manufacturing through the summer months.

The $2,483 was used to ensure continued production and the majority of the funds went toward materials such as glycol and isopropyl alcohol. The chart below shows approximately how the funds were used.

Lastly, we want to directly thank everyone – business and individuals, who helped make this possible. The truth is that none of this would have been possible without the constant support of the community at-large. Below is a list of some of the people/groups that jumped on-board immediately and ensured the success of this program.

  • AFCO
  • Anonymous donors
  • Bread and Butter
  • Brewculture
  • Collinson Custom Building and Carpentry
  • Don Brooks of Cooper Equipment
  • Fielding Tire
  • G.S. Manufacturing
  • Herc Rentals
  • KIMCO Steel
  • KinsBrae Packaging
  • Levac
  • Noble
  • Novelis
  • Parade of Paints
  • Silicrest Storage
  • Tim Rows
  • Top Shelf Distillers
  • Tri-Art Manufacturing
  • WESCO

We would also like to take a moment to specially thank Lindsay Waffle, who took on the responsibility of organizing the distribution and communications with all the groups that received hand sanitizer.

Thank-you for working with us to help the community!
– the gang

“Don’t Hassle the Hoff” – Oktoberfest

I don’t even have a quote for you this time. Just watch this video

Now on tap and available in to go bottles from Daft, Don’t Hassle the Hoff, our Oktoberfest.

“Naming a beer after a legend such as David Hasslehoff was an easy call for us,” CEO Adam Rondeau explained, “because he’s everything I wish our brewer Ryan could be, and I like to find ways to remind him of that everyday.”

We like to think the history of Oktoberfest mirrors the history of Daft in a way. All the way back in 1810, Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and invited the town to party with them. The party lasted for days with food and beer flowing through the city, and ended with a horse race. The party was so legendary they decided to repeat it every year. Our brewery started with an epic brewery crawl where we wanted to keep the party going by starting our own brewery. When you start a business with others, you are essentially marrying them, so like we said, pretty much started the same way. We even ended our crawl with our own horse race…. Well, more of a piggy-back race.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff is the Daft version of an Oktoberfest beer – a hybrid between a traditional German Marzen and a Festbier. 

“A Marzen is a more traditional German Oktoberfest beer. It’s amber-copper in appearance, very bready in flavour, and sometimes has a malty-sweetness to it,” explained Head Brewer Ryan Dhillon, “while a Festbier is what you see being drunk out of the giant boot-shaped glass steins at Oktoberfest festivals. It’s super light, crisp, has a big fluffy head, and it’s easy to drink litres and litres of it. And what we did was BAM” Ryan clapped his hands aggressively (editors note: he yelled BAM along with the clap), “mushed them together.”

The resulting beer was made using German Munich and Pilsner malt and traditional Saaz hops. It is golden in colour and has fluffy clouds of white head that lingers on top of your beer. This beer is highly drinkable with mild malty and bready flavours and a nice crisp finish.

“There is something alluring to this beer. You think it’s going to be quite bold when you take that first sip, but then it quickly dries out to create a crisp and very drinkable beer.” Our very own Prince of Oktoberfest, Nathan, explained.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff is available now at Daft pouring from our taps and available in to go bottles. Now if only we could advertise this with a picture of the Hoff pouring beer over his bare chest…

“Ninja Loan” – New England IPA

“Well, you guys seem like a great family. We have to be realistic. I’m in the real estate business. It’s 2006. That’s all good enough for me. We’re gonna put you in a NINJA loan. No income, no job, no assets. And you don’t have to pay a penny for two years.” – James
“Oh NINJA please! So we’ll take something cozy and intimate. A one bedroom.” – Tobias
“Or bigger.” – Lindsay
“Yeah, how about something nice? A three bedroom?” – James
“Oh, it definitely is.” – Tobias
“You have to remember that this was a time when banks were eager to create as much debt as possible.” – Narrator
Arrested Development

Now available at Daft Brewing – Ninja Loan, our latest New England IPA

“We decided to call this beer Ninja Loan, because much like the banks in the early 2000s that offered subprime mortgages,” CEO Adam Rondeau said reflecting on the name choice, “our head brewer, Ryan, continues to provide us with subprime beer.”

Ninja Loan is made with a combination of three big, juicy, new world hops: Lemondrop, Belma, and Idaho #7. These create a super juicy beer full of tropical and citrus flavors. At 6% ABV there is a nice smooth body (oOoo! mouthfeel :P) to balance out the hop bitterness. A huge addition of oats and wheat create a persistent haze that is essential for this style, since the delicate hop compounds attach themselves to the haze and deliver those tasty tropical fruit notes to your dome. This is why Ryan is a self-proclaimed “hazy-boi.”

“Ninja Loan has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with lots of citrus flavour,” explained Head of Describing Things, Nathan, “You will notice heavy apricot and grapefruit flavors. These flavors come straight from the hops, as there are no fruit additions to this beer.”

Ninja Loan is now pouring on draft and available to-go in the bottleshop at Daft Brewing. 

Live Art at Daft

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our first live painting at Daft! The event was a ton of fun and gave us the chance to collaborate with some local artists.

So what was this ‘Live Painting’ you speak of?

We assembled a ragtag team of local artists to head over to Daft for the afternoon to do some live painting in front and centre of everyone who came out to watch. We gave them a primed canvas and 2 hours to do whatever they wanted and we weren’t left disappointed.

Each artist came up with something quite unique and then collaborated together to create a 4th piece that might just be our favourite. 

The paintings are 2.5’ x 3.5’ on a ½” pressure treated plywood canvas (safe for outdoors) and are available for sale. 

So how can I buy one of these beautiful pieces?

Please submit an offer via email to adam.rondeau@daftbrewing.com

We’ll update the blog post with the status of the current bid. Highest bid received by 11:59pm on September 30, 2020 gets the piece!

The Art!

We can’t speak for the individual artists about their methods or inspiration, but we can and will offer our interpretation of each piece for shits and giggles.

2020

This piece was created by Eric Williams, the artist who completed the mural on the outside of our building. To us, this piece loosely represents an optimists perspective of 2020. With potential stress factors operating at a maximum and the world up in metaphorical flames, all you can do is keep a smile glued to your face as everything melts to sh*t. It is reminiscent of the popular ‘This is Fine’ meme featured on our inside mural. 

Eric Williams
@estr.ester
Asking Price: $200
Current Bid: $200
Half of proceeds to BLM Canada

unBearable

This piece was created by Erons, the artist who completed the mural on the inside of our building. To us, this piece accurately demonstrates Erons’ technical abilities and style. There is a crispness to his patterns/linework that brings a depth to this painting and delicately balances the chaos of the multiple aspects of this piece with a dialed in precision. In other words, we dig it.

Erons
@eronone
Asking Price: $200
Current Bid: $350
Half of proceeds to BLM TO

‘La Tasse de Shit’
Or
“Engage Intellect”
(a.k.a. “Ryan’s Beer”)

This piece was created by Francisco Corbett, an artist that recently found his way onto our radar who does some pretty rad stuff around town. Watching Francisco work away reminded us of a quote from “Ex Machina” where Oscar Isaac’s character Nathan describes a Jackson Pollock painting. “He let his mind go blank and let his hand go where it wanted. Not deliberate, not random. Some place in between. They called it automatic art.” The team at Daft likes to think that while Francisco was working on this piece, his conscious mind went blank… We imagine that the inspiration for the final design occurred while sipping on one of Ryan’s beers. The information that populated his subconscious mind made its way onto the canvas presented in the form of a cup of shit. 

Francisco Corbett
@franciscocorbn
Asking Price: $500
Current Bid:
Half of proceeds to Street Health Centre – Kingston

Ice Cream Mans

This piece was created in a collaborative effort by all 3 artists. We’ll leave the interpreting to you! We’re very familiar with all 3 artists, and we saw the painting develop as it was being created, but if you pay attention to the work you’ll likely be able to pick out each artist’s contribution towards the final piece.

Asking Price: $300
Current Bid:
Half of the proceeds to a charity TBD

Rum Tum Tugger – Dark and Stormy Sour

 

Jake (in a helicopter): THIS. IS. AWESOME. Just so we’re clear from this point forward by call sign will be Deathblade
Charles: And I’ll be Rum Tum Tugger
Jake: No Boyle. No characters from Cats. Dig deep. Think of something scary
Charles: Adolf Hitler
Jake: NO! You’ll be Sidewinder
Charles: I’m more scared of Hitler

– Brooklyn 99

Now available at Daft Brewing and the Kingston Brewing Company – Rum Tum Tugger, our Dark and Stormy Sour.

When asked to comment on this beer, CEO Adam Rondeau stated inappropriately that, “If Ryan was a crewman on Captain Rum Tum’s ship, I can guess what his job description would be.” (Editors note: This is the cleanest quote we could get out of Adam)

Some of our fans may remember that Rum Tum Tugger was one of the first beers made by Daft in collaboration with KBC for the final Kingston Craft Beer festival held at the Brooklyn in 2019. As has been a common occurrence that people who frequent Daft’s bottleshop are familiar with, we struggled to keep up with the demand and promptly sold out.

Rum Tum Tugger is inspired by one of our favorite cocktails – the Dark and Stormy. The beer is made with a hearty addition of fresh hand peeled ginger (which was definitely done with great enthusiasm by staff who definitely volunteered for this task without any threats or coercion) and Limu Omani, a middle eastern dried lime, in a sour beer base that is aged on dark rum oak. 

When you first set your eyes on a glass of Rum Tum Tugger, the first thing you will notice is that it has a darker appearance than most sours. We used darker malts to give it a deep copper color that is topped with a white head that laces the glass. 

“Rum Tum Tugger actually has a higher ABV than what you would traditionally find in sours,” Star of the Brewery Nathan explained, “This will give you a slight warming feeling when you take a sip. On the front end of the beer you will find a mild tartness and ginger flavour up front with a hint of lime that gradually transitions into subtle oak and rum on the back end. The finish is very crisp, which makes this an easy drinker, which can be deceiving because of the higher ABV.”

Rum Tum Tugger can be found on tap and in the bottle shop at Daft Brewing and on tap at Kingston Brewing Company. Make sure to stop by and try this latest release before it tugs its way out of here.

“Coolcoolcool” – Dry Hopped Pilsner

“Just stopping in the middle of nowhere and getting out of the car? Cool. Coolcoolcool.”

Jake Peralata, Brooklyn 99

Releasing today at Daft Brewing – Coolcoolcool, our Dry Hopped Pilsner

“Coolcoolcool is the perfect name for this beer,” CEO Adam Rondeau explains. “The discomfort Jake feels when he rattles off this catch phrase reminds me of the same feeling I get whenever I ‘get to’ taste another one of Ryan’s new beers.”

Coolcoolcool, also known as Crispi Hoppi Boiiii in official company documents (ie scrawled on the walls of the brewery), is a traditional German style pilsner made with 100% pilsner malt with saaz hops added to the boil. This creates a traditional pilsner base before Head Brewer Ryan adds his Daft magic: Coolcoolcool is dry hopped with Styrian Dragon hops, a brand new hop out of Slovenia. These hops are the first to come out of the region that are tropical and fruity like a hop from the pacific northwest, but also add the earthiness of a noble hop.

“Coolcoolcool is very light and crisp, making it the perfect summer sipper” Head of Packaging, Nathan, explained about this latest release, “There is a herbal and grassiness taste at the forefront of the beer that smoothly transitions into a subtle citrus and tropical flavour making it very refreshing on a hot summer’s day.”

“Make sure you write in there how crispy this beer is,” Assistant to the Regional Brewer, Addie, shouted across the brewery, “It’s the only detail that matters.” So just to be clear for everyone, this is a crispy boi.

Coolcoolcool is pouring from the Daft taps starting today and is available in the bottle shop for those looking to get crispy from the comfort of their own homes. Make sure to stop by soon because it is not coolcoolcool how quickly it will be gone.

“Biggie vs Tupac” – Battle of the IPAs

Releasing today at Daft Brewing, we have a classic east vs west coast rivalry brewing with our latest drops – Biggie, a New England IPA, and Tupac, a West Coast IPA.

The Cause

We have been learning, reading, and listening the past few weeks. To be honest, we weren’t sure how to respond. We want to use our platform in a meaningful way. In the end, we chose to tie our support to the release of two new beers (since that’s all we really do). The namesake of these beers, Christopher “Biggie” Wallace and Tupac Shakur, are two of the most influential artists in the last century. Their stories are representative of the injustices that many Black communities face today. 

Here is an excerpt from season 3 of the Slow Burn podcast, which digs into the lives and deaths of Biggie and Tupac:

“You have two guys, two of the brightest stars to emerge out of the hip-hop era in that time, and they’re gone, just like that,” Joel Anderson, the Slow Burn host, says. “And if those two guys can get killed and nothing can happen, then what does that say for the rest of us? As you see, it’s not like we’ve been able to solve that problem.”

We will be donating $2000 from the profits of Biggie and Tupac to the Ontario-based Black Legal Action Centre (link below).

We are trying to learn more about these issues every day. We hope that we can help foster a more equitable world. Until then, we will continue to try to be better. Below are a few resources that we found enlightening and, at times, uncomfortable, including the podcast mentioned above. We would love to hear from you if you have any other resources that you love!

Resources:

Slow Burn podcast about Biggie and Tupac – more info can be found here. https://www.npr.org/2019/11/07/776908450/slow-burn-season-3-turns-its-investigative-eye-to-the-murders-of-biggie-and-tupa

“13th” documentary on Black criminalization can be found on Netflix, here. https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80091741

“The Skin We’re In” documentary, here. https://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/m_episodes/the-skin-were-in

Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), more info can be found here. https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

The Beer

These two beers are the first styles that jump to mind when discussing IPAs. The difference between the two have long been a topic of discussion during our late night virtual beer and cheese pairings, and head brewer Ryan is finally delivering on his drunken claims that he would eventually release these two beers side by side.

When asked what inspired the East coast vs West Coast double release, CEO Adam Rondeau gave a little shrug before explaining “I was confident that if Ryan brewed two beers for a double release that at least one of the beers would be palatable..” Staring off into the distance as he trailed off Adam let out a sigh, “But it’s humbling to be able to admit my incorrect assumptions and errors in judgement.”

When you first set your eyes on Biggie you will notice you can’t even see through the beer thanks to its haziness. This was done using a combination of water chemistry and oats to add protein to the beer, giving it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The haze captures the flavour and aroma of our heavy dry hop addition of Mosaic, Citra, and Sabro. The result is a super juicy beer bursting with tropical flavours. 

Biggie is very similar in colour and mouthfeel to Bingpot, but because of the different hops used it has a completely different flavour.

Hailing from the west, Tupac is one of the first American beer styles which was a driving force behind the craft beer revolution when it launched in the late 80s and early 90s. Tupac is much more clear than its counterpart from the east. With a heavy hop addition during the boil, this beer is more on the bitterside, but a malty base helps to bring balance to the beer and prevent the bitterness from overwhelming the senses. Tupac has a heavy dose of traditional west coast hops to give it that classic dank citrus and piney notes. Specifically, this beer is hopped with Cascade, Simcoe, and El Dorado.

Biggie and Tupac are flowing on the taps and available in the Daft bottle shop now. Swing by to enjoy a pint on our patio or grab a few bottles to enjoy at home before they are gone.

“Lemongrab” – Mint Lemonade Sour

“This. Castle. Is in…Unacceptable. Condition. UUUNNNNAAACCCCCCEEEPPPTTTAAABBBLLLEEE” 
– Lemongrab, Adventure Time

Releasing today at Daft Brewing – Lemongrab, our mint lemonade sour.

Lemongrab is Daft Brewing’s first beer to be created and produced by our assistant to the regional brewer, Adelaide “Potato” O’Hara.

“All I can say is we should have turned over brewing responsibilities to Addie a lot earlier,” CEO Adam Rondeau said “I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally taste something we brewed here that isn’t undrinkable swill.”

Lemongrab is a sour beer brewed with malted barley and wheat and additions of lactose, fresh mint, and an unacceptably large number of lemons. Because, when life gives you lemons, make alcohol. 

Shortly after sitting down to provide information for this blog, Addie trailed off in mid sentence, staring out the bay door and letting out a squeal, pointing to an adorable three-legged dog outside of the brewery.

Now focused again, Addie said “Honestly, I just love the Adventure Time character Lemongrab and how he yells all the time. He’s essentially my spirit animal. So from the start I knew what I was going to name the beer, and just had to work on a recipe to fit the name.” Head Brewer, Ryan, later expressed how proud he is of Addie’s thoughtful recipe development process.

The resulting beer is bursting with lemon and has nice undertones of mint. Lemongrab is a refreshing summer beer with a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp and light finish. The acidity and lactose sugar is nicely balanced and finishes with a hint of mint. Lemongrab is reminiscent of chugging an ice cold minty lemonade. 

We looked for Ryan to get his opinion on his protege’s first beer, and after a long search he was found huddled under a tank muttering to himself “One day they will learn to appreciate me… One day I’ll show them all.” After this, we quietly backed away and decided to let him have some time alone.

Lemongrab is available now in Daft’s bottle shop. Make sure to grab a bottle quickly, because it is unacceptable how quickly this beer will sell out.

“Slow Ramp” – Paloma Gose

“Wait for the ramp Morty…they love the slow ramp. It really gets their d*cks hard when they see the ramp just slowly extending down. GREETINGS!”
Rick flips off the crowd
“Morty, you’ve got to flip them off, I told them it means ‘Peace among worlds’ how hilarious is that?”
– Rick, Rick and Morty

Releasing today at Daft Brewing – Slow Ramp, our Paloma Gose

“Slow Ramp was the perfect name for this beer, as the variety of flavours slowly ramp up and build to a grand crescendo as you journey through this delightful gose, ” CEO Adam Rondeau explained, “It also accurately captures the pace of Ryan’s journey into becoming a barely adequate brewmaster.”

“Slow Ramp is the second in Daft Brewing’s Umami series, with the first release being our True Level. The goal of the Umami series is to tie in that mythical fifth flavour, which is basically unheard of in beer today. Umami is depth of flavour. It provides a satisfying complexity that ties together other flavours. For example, when you’re cooking at home and your dish is missing something that you can’t quite place…it’s probably umami. I use all natural ingredients to add umami in this beer.” Head Brewer Ryan rambled almost incoherently, “I am most proud of the umami series because of the technical difficulty in creating something this unique and exciting, and because it is exactly the innovative style in which I make sure Daft excels.” he continued, making sure to get a quote in that allowed him to toot his own horn.

Similar to True Level, Slow Ramp is a sour beer made with Aji Amarillo peppers, pink Himalayan salt, and tequila oak. What sets it apart is the addition of grapefruit and lemon, instead of lime. The result is a delicious and refreshing but complex beer that is a delicate balance between the five basic flavours. This beer is reminiscent of a Paloma, which is a refreshing traditional Mexican cocktail. 

“On your first sip you will notice the grapefruit and lemon that quickly transitions into subtle peppers and oak. After a couple sips you will notice the hint of sea salt and an essence of spiciness.” Nathan wisely explained, “It has a creamy and complex mouthfeel and finishes with a refreshing crispness and light acidity.”

Drawing inspiration from the name of the beer, Lindsay, Ryan’s wife, responded with her middle finger held high when asked to give her thoughts on Ryan’s latest work.

Slow Ramp is available now in Daft’s bottle shop. Make sure to grab a bottle quickly because, unlike the slowly extending ramp it was named after, these will be speeding off the shelves.

“Another Raid” – Kveik Lager

“Well, well, well. Time for another raid. Time to swing the old sword again”
Sword drops over the side of the boat
“The sea giveth, and the sea taketh away. And this time the sea tooketh my sword.”
– Orm, Norsemen

Available now at Daft Brewing, Another Raid, our kveik lager.

“Orm was the perfect inspiration for the name of this newest release, as we feel he perfectly parallels the level of competence we have come to expect from our head brewer Ryan.” CEO Adam Rondeau had to say about the inspiration for the name behind this latest release.

“This level of confidence and support is exactly why I’ve been stealing from the company,” Ryan mumbled under his breath when he thought no one was listening.

Another Raid is made with a grain bill of mostly pilsner malt, resulting in a light coloured beer with high clarity and a creamy white head. This beer has a slightly higher ABV, coming in at 5.8% which produces a slight warming feeling when you drink it.

The ABV in this spring edition is higher than normal summer lagers, because Ryan wants to capture the spirit of a traditional German spring lager, such as a maibock. This spring lager is halfway between a higher alcohol winter beer and a light, crisp summer beer – resulting in a refreshing and subtle warming lager. The next edition is already lagering in the tanks with a 4.9% ABV and will be a more traditional light summer lager.

“What sets the kveik lager apart from other traditional lagers is that this strain of yeast can handle high temperatures and lots of stress. A typical lager yeast has to be fermented between 10-13 degrees Celsius to avoid off-flavors, but the kveik lager yeast will happily ferment at higher temperatures and produce subtle tropical fruit flavors. In the first couple sips you will get a crisp, malty flavour but after that, if you pay close attention, you will pick up on these subtle tropical notes.” Nathan insightfully added.

Attempts to reach Ryan’s wife, Lindsay, for comment have gone unreturned at the time of publication of this blog.

Another Raid is available now in Daft’s bottle show. Make sure to grab a bottle before our shelves are pillaged.