Chris Nelson

Probably one of the greatest things about the growth of the craft beer movement is how it allows couples to work together.  Many times more traditional careers seem to pull a couple in different directions (imagine trying to operate while your wife or husband is standing next to you giving you directions).  This is defanitely…

Hangout with Michigan Craft

I am becoming a fan of the Hangout feature on Google+.  When you are lucky enough to catch the event live, you are given a chance to interact with people you might not have a chance otherwise.  But then if you miss the event you can still check it out (our ability to keep archived…

Bottles of Long Ago

Recently my mother mentioned to me that she had a beer bottle she found while cleaning out one of the rooms in her basement.  At first it didn’t strike me as anything out of the ordinary (my dad uses my beer to pay the neighbor for mowing his lawn, so I get bottles back every…

Beer Quest: Bell’s Home Brew Challenge

The beer is now kegged and carbed.  I have to say even the first sampling is showing good signs for what I wanted to happen with this beer.  I am calling it an amped American Pale Ale but honestly I am not sure it falls quite into the category.  The color is a lightish orange…

Chicken Enchilada

Enchiladas are one of the great simple foods that seem like they could be a lot of work but the reality is they really don’t take that much effort at all.  Another great aspect, they don’t really require too much to make them great.  Needless to say, they are a favorite at my house.  …

Hop Head Fred

It is not uncommon to earn pseudonyms for our personalities on the internet.  This gives us a bit of freedom, a little bit of a chance to be incognito as we travel through various networks.  Well that is unless you gain a bit of infamy like Hophead Fred.  Although he is a transplant to Chandler,…

Judgement of Paris

Turning points, our lives are filled with them.  More often than not they go unnoticed because it is generally the minor decisions that lead to bigger consequences.  Quite often this makes it hard to pinpoint where the turning point actually was.  I recently ran across a movied called “Bottle Shock.”  The movie dramatizes the wine…

Bravo Restaurant

Off the beaten path (well not really) actually just set away from the hustle and bustle of down town Kalamazoo, you can find Bravo Restaurant in what seems like the middle of nowhere.  This sets them in a unique position away from college party bars that proliferate down town.  Essentially, the restaurant is across the…

Siciliano’s Market

After the mentions I have made about Siciliano’s in the past, I find it odd that I have not yet taken the time to actually do a virtual tour of the place.  Up until recently the only places for me to go for reliable brewing supplies consisted of two places.  The first is the Bell’s…

Turkey Roulade

Here we go, this week we are doing something a bit fancier than what we have done till now.  To make a roulade, you are stepping into French cooking techniques.  The hallmark of French technique is to beat the food into submission and make it into what you want it to be.  Quite often that…