Hops: Some History

I ran across this article earlier and it made me realize that I haven’t really spent any time looking into the history of hops in Michigan.  The main thing being that with our growing hop industry why did we stop growing hops in the past.  My first thought was maybe the rise of prohibition hurt…

It happens

The cysor didn’t make it.  Sadly, I was expecting it but even so, it was a battle that needed to be fought.  I can safely say that the most likely culprit was the preservatives in the cider.  The definition of experience is realizing that you made the same stupid mistake before.  Over the past week…

Chorizo Hash

A few years ago, after I finished culinary school but before I started my bachelors degree, I did an extern ship at the Golden Door Spa.  Probably my favorite part of my time there was being taken in as part of the family with the Hispanic workers. I had breakfast with them every morning.  This…

Eric Pell

We are getting close on the series from High 5 Brewing Co-op.  This week’s QoN is with Eric Pell.  If you haven’t been following the series so far, the group for High 5 are attempting to do something unheard of in Michigan.  They are working to build a brewing co-op.  At this time there is…

Share Responsibly

I had a few things on a tentative agenda for the evening.  The big part of it all was spending a little while outside the house.  First choice was to head over to a friend of mines and share some mead and beer, essentially an impromptu tasting.  As luck would have it this turned out…

Update: The Cysor

I don’t know yet who is more stubborn, me or the yeast.  So I checked it again recently hoping it would be ready for racking.  Upon popping the lid and there is a decent build up of fermentation smells going on.  But the gravity had dropped a whopping 10 points.  So on an off chance…

The Art of Fermentation

When you spend most of your time as I do, playing with various forms of food and beverage experiments (cue mad scientist music with loud thunder and bright bolts of lightning), you find yourself searching for information in quite a few different places.  I recently ran across a news article revolving around the subject of…

Vegitarian Burgers

I know what you’re thinking, tofu is icky.  At one point everyone at my house would agree with you.  But with a little planning you can fix it up so that you don’t even realize that you are eating semi healthy or even going meatless. The birth of this burger/ Philly cheese steak style set…

More High 5

Last week we started a QoN series with High 5 Brewing Co-op.  This week we spend some time with some more from High 5.  Get ready for this one, we are hitting three different interviewees (so fewer questions to hopefully avoid some confusion).  Before we move on to the questions, check out this article from…

Kalamazoo Beer Week The People

The logistics of an event like a beer week anywhere would never happen without a great number of people pulling together to make it happen.  As the beer week in Kalamazoo has grown over the past few years the number of events have grown immensely.  Try as you might you can’t be everywhere.  My personal…