Larger Than Life

I had this thought recently.  Of course, it made perfect sense when I had it so I wrote it down knowing that it would be a post in the future.  The only thing I wrote down though were the words “Larger than life.”  Granted these three words can lead a person down quite a few…

Kathy Phillips

I am a huge fan of the radio shows (and podcasts) that are popping up, devoted to great beer.  It is a sure sign that better beer is becoming recognized by those who do not live it every day.  Kathy Phillips hosts the Better Beer Show, on station KFQD out of Alaska.  The Better Beer…

What’s on your label

In an odd turn of events, it seems like Founder’s brewing just can’t catch a break lately in new markets.  It wasn’t more than just a few months ago that they ran into trouble in Alabama for both Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard.  In Alabama you couldn’t have the word bastard on a beer label (although it…

Tech: Mash tun design

There are as many variations on a mash tun as there are brewers (even when you look at commercial breweries they are quite a few different ways of mashing).  The mash tun is the real corner stone of the brew house.  We always here talk of how big a brew kettle a commercial brewery has,…

Bluring the Lines

In fantasy stories from time to time we run across a world that lives inside our world.  I am thinking of Harry Potter right now (mainly because we were watching the second movie earlier).  In those stories there is the magically world residing inside our mundane world threatening to cross over and expose itself at…

Robert "Wob" Wanhatalo

I have a few quick notes before we get into the main event.  We shall start off by giving the official kick off of the segment I call “Questions of Note.”  This isn’t the planned for day for when this segment will normally appear, but the Session post threw me a little off this week. …

Session 66

The Session #66: The One Beer to Rule Them All The Session this month comes from, Craig Gravina, at Drink, Drank; the subject: The One Beer to Rule Them All.  The first question we have to ask, what exactly does that mean?  Of course the thought process here is for the One Ring.  This really…

IPA Day

Yep, it’s come and gone.  Though I did not spend my day drinking IPA after IPA I did manage to fit a black IPA in as well as a couple beers that weren’t IPAs.  It has turned into an interesting day anyway.  Turned out that Hophead Fred is now in town (as in just got…

Flashback

I have been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for a while now.  I am pretty sure I caught his first series when it originally aired on the Food Network so many years ago (its been 10 years now).  I picked up both Kitchen Confidential and the book A Cook’s Tour shortly after they came out…

Looking Ahead

I am still working through what changes I will be making here in the near future.  A big change (and I do think it is about time that it happened) will be moving into a web page format.  I can honestly say that for the most part my posts have not followed any kind of…