New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2 — Herald-Zhtunc — Thursday, lanuary 6, 2011Faust Hotel Prepares to Reopen Microbrewery
By Megan Holt
Another chapter in Faust Hotel history will open this year as employees prepare to re-introduce Faust Brewing Co. to New Braunfels.
Faust Hotel, built in 1929, began offering homemade beer to its customers when its microbrewery, the only one at the time in New Braunfels, was opened in 1998.
When the microbrewery’s last batch of beer ran out in summer 2009, Vance Hinton, Faust Hotel property manag-ing partner, decided to remodel the brewery.
However, because the entire property needed remodeling, Hinton chose to renovate the 60 hotel rooms first.
Hinton began ordering new equipment for the brewing company and put his feelers out for a brewmaster this past summer.
"I’ve had my hands full with getting the facility back the way it should have been," Flinton said. “I am now able to focus on the brewing operation."
Hay Mitteldorf, brewmaster, was hired in December to take on the task of getting Faust Brewing Co. up and running again.
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Brewmaster Ray Mitteldorf Stands inside the brew room at the Faust Brewing Company.
“Beer was brewed here very sporadically and poorly," Mitteldorf said. “(The microbrew-erv) has definitely got the potential to be a good thing
for the hotel and town in general."
Mitteldorf, originally from Houston, attended Siebel Institute of Technology in
Chicago to become a brewmaster.
He started professionally making beer in the mid-’90s at Houston Brewerv. He
worked for Faust Brewing Co., worked at Yellow Hose Brewing Cxi. in San Antonio, and most recently, became the first brewer at Dodging Duck Brevvhaus in Boeme.
“Somebody bought me a brewing kit when I was 21, and it took me a year to use it, but when I did, it turned out pretty good," Mitteldorf said. T was working as an X-ray technician in an emergency room at the time, and I finallv decided to do something else. I’ve been brewmaster for 12 years."
Hinton expects new parts for the microbrewery to arrive within the next six weeks.
“Realistically, I didn’t expect to tell anybody about new ice-cold beers until April I," Hinton said. "The sooner the better, but I’d rather not rush it at the expense of doing it right.”
Mitteldorf said it takes two to three weeks to make ale beers and six to eight weeks to make lagers.
"It’s a lot of waiting because all it takes is one stray bacteria to ruin a whole batch of beer,” Mitteldorf said. "We can make two batches at a time."
Each batch of beer is equivalent to 210 gallons, 17 barrels or 14 kegs, Hinton said.
To make a batch of beer, about 500 pounds of grain
barley and two weeks of fermentation time is needed, Mitteldorf said.
“Beer keeps in a cold tank for generally three months,” Mitteldorf said. “The closer the beer is to the brewery, the better it is.”
Hinton hopes to re introduce the mkrobrewery with four staple beers and several seasonal beers.
“We've settled on an Altbier, which is a very nice, smooth, dark, German beer," I Hilton said.
“I think the Germans here will identify with it quickly and realize that there’s finally someone here who knows something about German beer.”
Hinton said they are working on a IXtsseldorf German Altbeir, semi-dark beer similar to an American brown ale, a light or pale ale, Kolsche, India Pale Ale (IPA) and a beer similar to the English Extra Special Bitter (ESB).
Seasonal beers might include Schwarzbier, Okto-berfest style beer and a double bock, Mitteldorf said.
“Everything brewed here has to be sold here and cannot be sold at any other outlets,” Hinton said. "You can’t get this beer anywhere but here.”
Gruene Harley-Davidson not closing
By Megan Holt
A circulating rumor that Gruene Harley-Davidson is permanently closing its doors in February is untrue.
In fact, Gruene Harley-Davidson was awarded the Silver Bar and Shield award this past year, said Trevor Bird, general manager.
“We are one of the top per
forming dealers in the United States,” Bird said. “The award is given to the top 5« dealers out of622.”
Bird speculates the rumor might have started after customers found the dealership closed this past Monday and Tuesday.
“We closed our dealership as part of our year-end operation procedures," Bird said. “We use that time to finish vearlv
accounting and inventory."
Year-end closures for the company only happen once a year.
Bird said the store is using capital reserves to pay off its real estate and hiring about 35 additional employees in March.
"I hope the business is around longer than me," Bird said. “Right now, the company is growing and healthy."
Rain causes driver to lose control of vehicle
By J. Louise Larson
Rain might have been responsible for a one-car accident Tuesday.
The New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a call for help in the 11700 block
of Green Valley.
“We found a Ford Ranger pickup truck about 75 feet off the road in a plowed field, with some minor damage noted to the vehicle and with the patient still sitting behind the wheel," said Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell.
“The patient advised she hit some water in the road and lost control of the vehicle.” The NBFD crews provided advanced life support to the driver, who was transported by ground with non-life threatening injuries to University Hospital in San Antonio.
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to the Attorney General's Office, found that labels on the devices were written in languages other than English, a violation of state law. according to the AG’s office.
Bailey could provide no documentation to Health Services that the products were approved for importation or had been cleared for entry by the U.S. Customs Service, the AG said.
Bailey also sold the injection products via S&B Marketing, a business he operated
out of an apartment in Houston, according to court documents.
The injections are used to relieve arthritis-related pain in patients’ knees.
Although the injections, when properly labeled, are generally approved for use in the U.S., Bailey failed to seek a license from the Texas Department of State Health Services to distribute the devices, which is a violation of state law, the AG said.
Responding to an anonymous complaint, Health Services officers came to New Braunfels last April and inspected Bailey’s records.
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They used lot numbers on invoices and conversations with the manufacturer to determine that the devices were actually intended for shipment to T urkey and other countries, but were sent to the U.S. by M.T.E. Diagnostics, the AG said.
According to the state, Bailey, Elite Med and S&B violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Health and Safety Code.
The state is seeking civil penalties and attorneys’ fees.
Last November, Dr. Bliss W. Clark of Harlingen and Clark Orthopedics & Rehabilitation of Harlingen agreed to pay civil penalties to the state and refrain from using the unapproved medical devices in the future. Clark Orthopedics and other physicians and clinics, including clinics in Bexar County, improperly acquired arthritis injections from Elite Med, the AG said.
Attempts to reach Bailey by phone at his home on FM 306 were unsuccessful Wednesday.
Chance Locklear cuts wires while helping take down the Christmas lights at the Comal County Courthouse on Monday. Other crews have also begun taking down the lights in the trees at Main Plaza.
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store’s 11 employees are handling the job loss “in a mature
“There’s lots of jobs out there. Nobody here’s going to have a problem finding a job in the New Braunfels area.”
Some employees have already moved on to new jobs, he said.
Peek said life on the store’s sales floor was wild the last few weeks as customers cleaned out the store’s clearance-priced furniture.
"We had to have stuff shipped to us to be able to stay open a little bit longer,” he said. “We did real good. Sales were quite a bit above what we did the previous year.”
He said he’s even had a few businesspeople come in and express interest in moving into the San Antonio Street location, which is owned by Lacks.
"I would imagine this building, it won’t be a problem to get somebody else back in here,” Peek said.
“Someone will come along and make another good store out of this.”
At the company’s big Comal County distribution center in Schertz, the 150 employees will remain on the job until fan. 16 to handle customer orders from Lacks locations in San Antonio and elsewhere that aren’t closing until then, said David Baggs, a Lacks vice president.
Warehouseman Eric Garcia of San Antonio said he’s been with Lacks for six years and at the Schertz location since it opened about 18 months ago.
Garcia said he hasn’t been job hunting, but will take the company’s advice and seek employment through the I exas Workforce Commission when the distribution center closes.
He said he’s got a wife and four kids and is making $13.25 an hour with Lacks.
Baggs said Lacks is also seeking a buyer for the 300,000-plus-square-foot distribution center.
Distribution center man
ager Norm Decoretz expressed his thanks to the company’s owners, the Lack family.
“I can’t say enough good things about the Lack family. They’ve been terrific," Decoretz said.
It is estimated that the Lack family, who founded the chain in Beeville in 1938, have paid almost a billion dollars in salaries and wages to store associates over the years.
In addition, the Victoria-based Lacks has provided revenues for numerous service and product suppliers, and has been a contributor to many charities, education-al institutions, and arts organizations in the cities in which it operates.
In its Trim-A-Tree event each December, it has collected more than 1.7 million pounds of food for distribution to local food banks, a company press release said.
Before the current recession, the company’s sales were in excess of $200 million in 39 stores and there were 1,200 associates working for the company.
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