26 August 2009

Bavarian Barbarian – Our help…

BavarianBarbarianLogoI’ve watched as Mike Hiller and his wife Kira have lived the “dream” of most beer lovers and all home brewers.  Mike turned a hobby of home brewing into a full-time job and opened Bavarian Barbarian.  This is no small feat and certainly one of personal and financial risk, but Mike followed what he loved and opened BB.  Now word comes that despite his best efforts, despite wonderful bottle sales and despite overall sales being up, Bavarian Barbarian is struggling financially.

I write this in the present tense because we should be thinking that way.  All too often we react late and we support something we love only after it is gone.  There have been many casualties in this economy, and I write this in the name of Bavarian Barbarian NOT becoming another one of them.

As beer lovers we are a community and a community should support our friends and our beer family.  As Mike & Kira continue to fight and struggle to keep BB alive, I simply ask that you, as beer lovers, join the fight with them.  Please stop by and pick up some Bavarian Barbarian bottles or growlers, attend BB events, pick up some BB swag and do as I do right now and ask our local beer bars and mybeerbuzz members to seek out BB to run on tap.  Cheers to Mike & Kira…fight the good fight.

12 August 2009

Bullfrog, Bavarian Barbarian & Otto’s

BullfrogBrewing Check out this great little article in Keystone Edge on Billtown’s Breweries.
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04 August 2009

Bavarian Barbarian – Woof! DogBites Are Here

From Kira:

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is excited to announce the release of Barbarian Dogbites. Dogbites are dog treats shaped like battle axes, made with spent grain - a by-product of the brewing process. The treats come in three varieties - Peanut Butter, Chicken and Beef. The Black Dog Bakery makes the treats, which are available in 8oz bags at both the brewery and the Williamsport Grower’s Market.

The idea to make dog treats from the spent grain was actually inspired by Luke, the “Barbarian” dog. “As we are a two-person operation, our beagle, Luke, often visits the brewery,” owner, Kira Gay Hiller explains. “On brewing days we noticed that Luke would make a beeline to any spent grain that had fallen on the floor and start munching.” Knowing that many breweries use spent grain to make bread, Kira checked the internet and found a simple dog treat recipe. She made several batches, which were shared with friends and family. “Everyone loved them, even the “picky” dogs. Someone even asked if they could pay me to make more. While making dog treats sounded like a great idea, I just couldn’t find the time.”

Then Kira’s husband, Mike, stopped at the Williamsport Grower’s Market one Saturday and met Todd and Milissa Hiller of the Black Dog Bakery. Knowing that Luke had “tested and approved” their dog treats before, Mike asked them if they would be interested in making dog treats and they agreed. A few sample batches later and a new partnership was born.
“The best part is that, like us, the Black Dog Bakery is comprised of a husband-wife team,” said Mike Hiller, “and they are only a year older then us.” “Plus, they have improved on Kira’s original recipe - I’m tempted to eat them myself.”

The Black Dog Bakery, located in Loganton, opened April of 2006. Each biscuit is hand rolled, cut and baked in owner, Milissa Hiller’s, kitchen. The bakery is fully licensed and registered with the PA Dept. of Agriculture. All Commercial Feed License Laws are followed and all of their products are laboratory tested. No sugar or preservatives are added to any of the recipes. For more information on the Black Dog Bakery, visit their website at www.bdbakery.com or call 570-725-2167

The Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is located in Williamsport Pennsylvania at 429 West 3rd Street. Williamsport's first production brewery since the 1950's, Bavarian Barbarian currently offers and distributes four year-round beers throughout Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit their website at www.bavarianbarbarian.com or call (570) 322-5050