Timing is everything

Aside from the planned for visit today (I’ll let you in on this one later) I made a couple semi-unscheduled stops.  The first was at Jolly Pumpkin.  As always when you don’t prearrange meetings things can go awry.  And the visit to Jolly Pumpkin was no different.  First and foremost they had the closed sign…

Innovations

The year is 1976.  To this day I feel as if my earliest memory happened during this year (July 4, 1976, it stands out strongly as the bicentenniel for the US… I was very patriotic).  This was also the year that Budweiser celebrated its 100th birthday.  Mind you I was 4, beer wasn’t something I…

Beer Run…

For me, a beer run is as inconvenient as walking down the stairs to pour a beer from one of the taps in my home pub.  For most other people a beer run means making a trip to the corner store and grabbing a six pack.  Imagine a beer run that circles the US… In…

Cascadian: The Details

It is chilling down now, so not too much longer till I pitch the yeast.  I want to go on record to say that the wort looked reminiscent of hot chocolate when it was getting ready to boil, well until I stepped away for a couple mins and came back to a boil over.  It…

Preppin for brew day(Cascadian Dark)

I have begun to see this recipe to be even more complex than the dunkelweizen recipe I brew.  A bunch of little steps and a vast amount of different malts.  This doesn’t even get into the hopping schedule.  So as I write this I have the sugar working on the stove bubbling away.  Soon that…

Hot glass, a tour, and lunch

We went into Kalamazoo earlier today to check out a couple interesting tidbits.  The first was the Battle of the Glass blowers at West Michigan Glass Arts.  We made it in time to see the end of the timed goblet battle.  It was amazing to see the glass blowers make a goblet in under 3…

Getting ready for the weekend

So I am finally getting ready to do it.  The Cascadian will be brewed on Sunday.  Looking at the hops I have for this, all I can say is this is going to be a monster.  I have Warrior at 16.7% aa, Northern Brewer at 8.6% aa, Cascade at 6.4% aa, and Amarillo at 9.3%aa.  …

Why we brew…

In the book “Molto Italiano”, Mario Batali coins a very good phrase that helps to put Terrior into a proper frame of mind.  “What grows together goes together.”  He said this in reference to pairing Italian wine with Italian food, but it really reflects what is meant by the word terrior.  Terrior translates into the…

Support

We received a call on Sunday, Easter Sunday.  Its my dad.  First its odd because we intentionally limit our calls.  And then its even odder because we are going over to my parents house to have dinner in just a couple hours.  Hes talking to my daughter, asking her if I am bringing over any…

And the beat goes on…

It is said that the most vehement believer is the newly converted.  The craft beer revolution is still in its infancy.  In its youth, as is natural, there will always be growing pains.  We find some in growth where we question the way in which this growth is accomplished (picture Goose Island’s sale to AB…