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

“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.

“Mooncake” Saison

“Chookity Dookity”
– Mooncake, Final Space

Available today in limited supply at Daft Brewing – Mooncake, our small batch Saison.

Mooncake is a French style saison brewed with Canadian 2 row and Munich malt, which results in a beautiful golden colour. The beer does not contain any wheat, much to the surprise of head brewer Ryan Dhillon who created the recipe and made it himself. “Shit, I thought I added that.” said Ryan after checking the recipe. 

“This is the kind of keen attention to detail that I’ve grown to expect out of Ryan.” Owner and CEO Adam Rondeau said. 

Mooncake is a light coloured, dry beer, with a moderate hop backbone. The star of the show, however, is the yeast. Ryan uses this French saison yeast to produce complex earthy, clove, and black pepper flavours. After a few sips you can pull out the delicate underlying notes of dried fruit and banana. Mooncake was aged on lees for five months to help develop the underlying complexity to the flavours. You’ll be hard pressed to find another saison quite like this.

“The more you drink it, the more delicate flavours you can pull out.” Nathan, Daft’s star bartender when they are open to the public, chimed in. “The first thing you will notice is clove and spice. Eventually you can feel a bit of alcohol warming in the back of your mouth and in your chest. After a few drinks I get more banana and black pepper.”

“This again? Just tell them I liked it or something, I don’t care.” Lindsay, Ryan’s wife, responded with exasperation when asked to offer her thoughts.

Mooncake is available today from the Daft Brewing bottle shop. Supply is limited so make sure to come in quick, as it will be gone from our shelves soon. This is a beer you can either drink fresh or age at home to allow it to become more complex with time.

Try Mooncake today, you’ll be over the moon.