Vienna Lager

Although it is Memorial Day, I find myself working.  Well, can you really call it work?  Today I am brewing my Vienna Lager (Dirty Rotten Scoundrel).  The idea for this beer came about from the name itself.  I was thinking of the movie one night and it hit me that I could find an interesting…

River Bend Bock

I picked up the River Bend Bock from Mount Pleasant brewing.  They have only recently started distributing into my area (so ya, haven’t had an opportunity to sample them previously).  The bock is quite good.  The flavor is reminiscent of rich roasted caramel.  Its everything I want from a decent bock.  Appearance wise though, I…

On the road to more draught beer…

I know have the fridge in place for my next kegerator.  As always at times like this I find there is more that I now need to do.  Aside from the build out on the kegerator itself, I am thinking I will rearrange the brewery and make an actual bar area.  Imagine, 6 taps right…

American Craft Beer Week

This year Craft Beer Week started off on its best foot for me.  I went up to Grand Rapids on Monday to drop off samples for the Arbor Brewing Company home brew contest and to pick up my score sheets for the Siciliano’s contest.  Aside from the accident that caused a huge traffic jam on…

Bottling and other strangeness…

Although it saddens me, I managed to bottle up a case each of the current Northern Brown and the Magic 8 Ball Oatmeal Stout.  I was actually afraid I wouldn’t get that much from each keg.  I have been enjoying them on draft so much that I really didn’t think there was that much left. …

Important notice

  I found this important enough to pass on.  Home brewers are more often than not strong supporters of both craft breweries and brew pubs.    Last year State Representatives Douglas Geiss and Deb Kennedy co-sponsored HB 5613, a bill that would have modified existing legislation to allow homebrewers to hold meeting, competitions and exhibitions…

Tequila Sunset

It must be May.  TS won’t be ready for Cinco De Mayo but at least I am brewing it around the right time.  I went slightly different on this batch.  I ended up raising the amount of wheat used by a pound and then I used Marris Otter as the pale malt (which I reduced…