When Rick started the idea for the brewery he was living at the beach. When trying to come up with a name for the Holiday beer he pictured his dog coming back from the beach with her paws covered in sand. Thus the name Sandy Paws was born. Sandy Paws is typically a Baltic Porter, rich and malty with slightly spicy notes. This is one of our beers that we will change the recipe from year to year, it is also one of our beers that can be aged and is usually better after a year. In 2015 we switched the yeast we were using on the Sandy Paws; rather than using our house lager yeast, we decided to try fermenting it with the German Ale yeast we use for our Kolsch-style and Sticke Alt, which is probably more historically accurate for a Baltic Porter anyway. Also the TTB decided to not allow us to use the term "Baltic Porter" on our label, so although the 2015 is done in the style of Baltic Porter the label says "Dark Lagered Ale." (2015 Sandy Paws: 1.024 FG, 7.25% ABV, 36 IBU, 28.6 SRM)
The Sandy Paws label has shown a dog since it's creation in 2007. How do we choose the lucky canine? For the first year we used Rick's dog, Jocelyn, and then used his sister's dog, Beauty, the following year. After that Rick decided to start auctioning off the Sandy Paws label to the highest bidder at an event, Starry Night, held to raise money for the McMinnville Education Foundation. So far the label has raised over $5,000 for the foundation. In 2013, Starry Night was cancelled so we raffled off the Sandy Paws label. By doing a raffle we were able to make more money to donate to the foundation so we decided to do the raffle again for 2014.
This year we have our first cat label! Rather than doing a raffle or an auction we decided to do a memorial label of Patrick's late cat, Ruby. Ruby passed away this spring at the ripe-old age of 20ish. Patrick adopted Ruby when he was living in New York City in the late 90's. Although Patrick acquired several other cats over the years, Ruby was the only one that stuck around through several moves. Ruby enjoyed exploring the backyard, laying in the sun, meowing about nothing, and lounging in her cave. She will be missed and we feel the label captures her spirit perfectly.