The Lawnmower

I mowed today. We don’t have a riding mower. We don’t even have a typical gas powered mower. No, our mower is an old model push mower. It runs on people power. With the amount of rain we have had, our grass was pretty long. Today was hot. Imagine what that must have been like.…

Bitters and Milds

As I mentioned last week, we will be exploring session beers this month. To start the exploration we will look at a couple classic session beer styles. Both of these come from classic beer styles. These beers are the English Style Bitters and the Mild ale. When looking at these beers it is almost a…

Session Beer Day

April is an important month in the world of beer (and alcohol in general). April 7th is the official day that small beer was allowed in the US when prohibition was in the process of being repealed. Small beer was defined as beer of 4% alcohol or less. The 7th is referred to as mini…

Bock

For the month of March we will spend some time exploring Bocks.  It seems only fitting to talk about bocks this month when you consider that traditionally the dopplebock was brewed to sustain monks during their Lenten fast.   Most bocks are a dark strong lager, generally at 6% alcohol and higher. The BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) has four subcategories…

Sours

I mentioned recently that I will be doing a monthly study of beer styles, a featured style every month.  The way I will be approaching this is I will start with a post that talks about the style so we have a frame of referrence as we work our way through the month (from a technical…

Freshness Approved

I will be adding a new feature to the normal diatribe of fun that I give on a regular basis.  Although unlike a weekly feature this is going to be a monthly event.  I thought about it recently, my typical brewing pattern falls into a minimum of once a month.  The pattern itself is essentially…

Black IPA and other oddities

In the current issue of Brew Your Own magazine, there is an article about the birth of a new beer style; Black IPA. To some of us this isn’t necessarily a new style. We have seen previously pale beers cropping up with darker versions for some time now. Although it is not uncommon for US…