Building the Oast (Hop Head Farms)

Hop Head Farms has been busy not only getting ready for this coming growing season but also with expansion. Back in February we took a look at the hop field expansion. This expansion will be taking their growing space from 15 acres to 30 acres. Their next big project is the buildout on their German…

Saint George and the Dragon

While reading the Rodenbach section in the book The Great Beers of Belgium Michael Jackson mentions a relation of beer to Saint George.  Saint George is the patron saint of England but also much more than that.  The myth protrays him as the slayer of the dragon.  This is a story that many of us…

Welcome to the world

Today is an off day. There is quite a bit happening that prevents getting too much else done. What does this all mean? Today was the freshness date for my grand daughter. She was born at 4:50pm. 6 lbs 4 oz and 19.5 inches.

Imperial Beverage Special events

Every once in a while I get to do something cool. This month I was invited to the Imperial Beverage trade show that was held in the early part of April. Now I know you are thinking, “what exactly is a tradeshow for a beverage distributor?” I wondered the same thing. In my mind I…

Bilbo’s Pizza

In 1976 John Hindman and Charlie Konett were merely college friends. But it was then that they decided to also become business partners. The original Bilbo’s pizza came from this decision. Little did they know they would build a business that would not only last over 35 years but also be a haven for their…

Bitters and Milds

As I mentioned last week, we will be exploring session beers this month. To start the exploration we will look at a couple classic session beer styles. Both of these come from classic beer styles. These beers are the English Style Bitters and the Mild ale. When looking at these beers it is almost a…

Shakespeare’s Oberon Release Party

There are two things that March brings us that mark the coming of Spring. The first of course is March Madness, the games leading up to the end of college basketball season. The other is the release of Oberon. Though there is quite a bit of hoopla associated with March Madness, it is possible that…

Finding Beer Balance

This month’s session is hosted by Bryan Roth from This is Why I’m Drunk. The topic is Finding Beer Balance. “Is beer your vice? Is beer your reward? Does beer really have to be either? Do you find lifestyle balance through work, hobbies, family or maybe even “Dry Days” like David Bascombe? There are a…

Session Beer Day

April is an important month in the world of beer (and alcohol in general). April 7th is the official day that small beer was allowed in the US when prohibition was in the process of being repealed. Small beer was defined as beer of 4% alcohol or less. The 7th is referred to as mini…

Grissini

I am a little off on my schedule this week. Easter came through and wrecked the kitchen (and all I did was cook, we had dinner at my parents house). After getting cleaned I found some time to make some Grissini. These are the crisp, cracker like breadsticks you might find in some Italian restaurants.…