Sky Blue Water

As we move into another holiday weekend, I was trying to think of something light and fun to talk about. And then it hit me. I did some checking on Youtube (you can find almost anything there). Of course I found some of my favorite beer commercials of all time. Hamm’s Beer was started back…

Noble Hops

Although bock beers are a malt forward beer, they still use hops as do most beers. The type of hops have been held in a category that some call “Noble Hops”. These are low alpha acid hops that carry a distinctive flavor profile. Also the majority of these hops are German in origin. An interesting…

Veal Sliders and Pizza Sticks

Have you ever had a time when you don’t want dinner food for dinner? Sometimes it can be breakfast night. Tonight we went with app night. Sliders and pizza sticks are a great way to have a lighter dinner while still having some fun (or at least feeling like you are having some real food).…

Bock Some History

We are still living within bock month.  Our look at this great beer now takes us to another great source for not only great beer design but also beer history.  I am talking about the book Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels.  We will only be digging into the portion of the book dealing with…

On the Horizon

Over the past few days there have been a couple items in the news of good tidings in the beer world.  Though on the surface they are separate events, in the long run they will be tied together.  The first announcement came on Monday when the Brewer’s Association announced the numbers for craft beer growth for…

Cioppino

I learned something new today.  Originally I had thought that Cioppino was entirely Italian.  But it seems that when looking up the origins for my daughter (she was looking for a recipe that might have been eaten during the Victorian era), I found that it actually came from Northern California. It does fit the time…

10th Day Bock

Lager beers take a bit more time than ales.  They also require some more specialized equipment than ales.  These contraints make them a bit more special when you are able to make your own.  I consider myself lucky that I have the space to add them into my line up from time to time. With…

Paulaner Salvator

It is almost impossible to spend time talking about bocks and dopplebocks without talking about the original dopplebock.  Paulaner Salvator is the beer given credit for starting the dopplebock substyle. Originally brewed in 1773, this was the beer that the Paulaner monks would subsist on during their lenten fast.  That was the idea of it…

Bell’s Consecrator Dopplebock

Any day you can spend some time with friends and good beer is a good day.  It makes it even more special when you have something to celebrate.  As it turns out Bonnie Steinman (Hop Head Bon) from Hop Head Farms is turning another year older.  I met up with her and Jeff (Hop Head…