Brew day bitters

I had meant to brew yesterday but instead was rooked into taking my oldest to orientation for college.  Gah when did this happen?  My oldest kid is getting way too old now.   But I digress… So now I am brewing today, of course it has been raining all day so instead of brewing on the…

When not at the pub…

There comes a time when you spend less time at the pub and a bit more time at home.  Or maybe it is more that you find you have a much better atmosphere at home than you do in any pub.  I ran across a concept earlier today that seems to be repeating from different…

Where did the day go

Today is one of those kind of days where it just addles your brain.  The sun is shining, its warm, the birds are singing… Ya, I am still lost trying to figure out where this post is going…  I think this is my third or fourth beginning.  The weather right now reminds me of the…

Moments in History

Stan Hieronymus posed the question “Is there a year that changed beer?”  Upon consideration, I realize that beer is such an integral part of our culture, we can look into our past and find continuous moments where beer has made an impact.  Beer is so invariably tied to who we are and how we live,…

Brewday this week (preliminary)

I originally was planning on a black IPA.  But in light of a couple announcements earlier today I am going to switch this over to a bitters.  My plan is to have a bitters brewed and ready for Session Beer Day, April 7th.  Granted I will be playing around with the recipe floating in my…

Found at the bottom of a sock drawer…

I sit here in awe.  I had read last night that the current going price for a ticket of Three Floyd’s Dark Lord Imperial Stout was around $200.  That was shocking in itself.  So I did a check on Ebay to see what they are going for today.  First listing is $800 for two tickets. …

Getting ready for summer

I have been trying to think of a use for the old drink cooler has been sitting in my garage for some time now.  Originally I have thought I might turn it into a second mash tun so I would have a different option to use when brewing.  And then a strike of inspiration smacked…

Thoughts on a drinking holiday…

I take a somewhat different approach to Saint Patrick’s day than most would expect.  Instead of finding myself at an overcrowded bar filled with people that more often than not, do not really respect what beer can be, I take the time to relax with family and enjoy good beer in a more reasonable atmosphere. …

Brewer Spotlight: Kevin Becraft

Quite often when you think of a restaurant or a brewery you picture the chef or brewmaster.  As important as they are we tend to forget the people who are just as important to the success of a company.  Many times there is a person who is a mainstay.  They set the mood for the…

Field trip

I had an interesting evening.  The impetus of the night was a trip to Salut for what was supposed to be a Jameson tasting.  For whatever reason their might have been, the rep never showed up.  Annoying but not the worst thing that could happen in your day, right?  From there I headed off to…