Craft Beer Week

Its Mother’s day.  Have you thanked your mother yet for not knocking the living daylights out of you for all the dumb stuff you did as a kid?  I have spent the day getting dinner ready for my mother and my wife.  We got the garden planted last night (at least the start of it). …

Brew Day: Belgian Strong Golden

It’s been a fairly busy day today.  I didn’t have a chance to get most of the preliminary work down before I was able to start brewing prior to today, so I spent a bit of time getting ready to brew earlier today.  One of the biggest items was the candi sugar.  I had to…

Samplings

I spent a few hours at a friends house last night, sharing some beers and just hanging out.  This friend is one of my friends that has ties to Germany.  So its always a good time when I have some German style beers ready to share.  Last night’s tasting group consisted of Rum Rebellion, Da…

More Space

I have thought for some time of adding cheese and sausage curing to the repertoire of what is made here at the house.  The question that always come into play is where do you put all this stuff.  When you break it down, we already have the fridge that is for family use (gotta have…

From Grape to Grain

I have been reading Michael Jackson’s The Great Beers of Belgium.  In the book he points out a few times similarities between beer and wine.    Of course this is something the staunchest vinophile and cervesaphile will fight strongly against.  But the evidence is there, and can not be denied.  Now if you ask me, I do…

It could happen…

Today I did something kinda crazy, I made crackers.  Crackers?  Really?  What and why would this have anything to do with beer or brewing?  The simple answer would be that crackers can be made with yeast, so like beer they can have all the same necessary ingredients.  But as always we never believe in simple…

Kegged: Cascadian Dark

There it is.  It came out great.  Chocolate, rich dark fruits, you might almost expect it to be a stout or a porter just by the look of it.  But once you taste it you instantly know that something else is going on.  There is an underlying bitterness that does not come from the dark…

Big Brew 2012

Today is Big Brew day (as well as Cinco De Mayo and a few others).  Big Brew is the day the American Homebrewers Association sets aside to celebrate national Home Brew Day (Big Brew is the first Saturday of the month of May).  Every year home brew clubs have gatherings to brew the AHA recipe…

Session 63: The Beer Moment…

In the Session this month, Pete Brown, asks us what does the “beer moment” mean.  Honestly, this one has given me a bit of trouble.  Quite a few images come to mind but I am not sure that any of them really mean anything at all.  Maybe we should just do a bit of exploring…

The effect of terrior on beer regions (part 2)

Our first discussion covered a generalized look into the regions of Britain, Germany, and Belgium.  In this discussion we move to a region that is now becoming a leader in beer style revolution, the US.  The term revolution here is used in the context of change.  The terrior of the US is not in any…