Winter Traditions

I grew up thinking I knew what Wassailing was. That is such a strange word. What exactly is a wassal and why would you want to wassail it? Ya, to explain it to the young we were always told that we were going caroling. For most of us it would end there, an old antiquated…

Pasta: Sauces and Shapes

I haven’t really talked about it over here on this portion of my writing sites. I have been working my way through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this month. Basically, this means the amount of fiction I write in a normal month is now on steroids. The month of November is devoted to writing a…

American Watering Holes

Every now and then I am given oddities that friends and family run across. It wasn’t that long ago that my mother gave me the book The Book of Great American Watering Holes. The edition I have is the first book and covers the Northeast of the United States. The book was written by Michael…

House of Cheese

I make it a habit to check the new release books in my local library on a regular basis. Sometimes you can find something you did not expect to find. As luck would have it, recently I found the Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese book. Di Bruno Bros. is an artisan cheese shop in…

HIstory of Beer in America

Too often we forget that there was a history of beer before the craftbeer movement took off. Crazy as it sounds, the US actually did have beer long before the late 70s. In 2007 Bill Yenne published the book The History of Beer in America. This book is a coffee table book that is meant…

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…

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…

Farmhouse Ales

Brewer’s Publications printed three books that essentially form a series a while back.  Each of these books deals with the varied types of beers that are brewed in Belgium.  The obvious book to talk about right now would be the book Wild Brews, but I am leaving that for another day.  Today we will explore…

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…

Brew Ware

Part of the fun of brewing your own is also making the equipment you use in your brewery.  Granted the home brewing world has grown over the past few years or so and it is fairly easy to go into a home brew shop and just buy the equipment you need.  But when you do…