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10×10 Festival — Hot Plate and live bands

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

In collaboration with Love Pittsfield, Hot Plate Brewing Co. will celebrating the 13th Anniversary of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival with 10 small batches of beer, released over the span of 10 days. For each small batch release, they will be hosting a launch party inspired by the history and recipes of each of the new beers.

February 23 — Afterswarm honey kölsch

Launch Party Details:

Hot Plate is teaming up with friends at Silver Lake Booking for a lineup of bands from Western Mass and Upstate New York including Arms Like Roses (who are returning to the taproom once again), Imposters, Quartertone, and Bunny Riot. This will be an all-ages show and will have a $10 cover charge. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7.

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Background

Hot Plate says:

Even though Germany is often most closely associated with their clean, crisp, bottom-fermenting lagers, the traditional Kölsch represents a slight departure from this tradition. While breweries in Cologne have been making—and lagering—this still of beer since the Middle Ages, bottom fermentation was prohibited in the city. During the Industrial Revolution, which led to the mass production and globalization of beer, the Kölsch was positioned in the market place as an alternative to pale lagers.

We call this beer a Kölsch because it is made true-to-style using a top-fermenting yeast strain derived from what was used in Cologne, but like Champagne, Kölsch is technically a beer that can only be brewed in Cologne (known as Köln in Germany).

In addition to brewing this beer in the United States, we’ve put another hyper-local twist on this style by using locally sourced honey from our friends who are Pittsfield-based beekeepers.

What’s in a Name?

Hot Plate says:

We looked to the world of beekeeping for the inspiration for this beer’s name. In bee colonies, the afterswarm are a group of bees who leave the colony and start a new one as a smaller group.

In addition to the literal connection to bees and the production of honey, the metaphor of the afterswarm resonates with us for a few different reasons. As elder millennials who first got into beer when imported beers were still considered “good beers” and the American craft beer scene was just getting started, we still get excited about crisp, clean, clear, and lower-ABV beers, even if we are in a minority these days.

Likewise, we are also nostalgic for the underground and indie music scene (when it was still about being independent and not as much of a genre). This is why we’ve been so excited to form a strong relationship with the DIY music scene in Pittsfield, and we feel like the dovetailing interests have helped us solidify our colony here.

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Event Details

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Date:
February 23
Time:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Event Location

Hot Plate Brewing Co.
1 School St.
Pittsfield, MA

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