What a Month! (Part One)

Since my last post, a lot has happened. Most significantly, Megan and I got engaged out in San Diego, where we were vacationing after a family wedding. We’re both awfully excited! This is, however, a beer blog, so I’ll try to focus on the beer and brewing happenings of the last month.

The Farmhouse Eleven turned out rather well. Early on, it was a little green and had a very prominent banana/bubble gum aroma to it, but it has since settled down and is tasting closer to what I expected. The old home brewer adage that “the last two bottles in a batch taste the best” seems to apply in this case. Overall, it’s a nice, refreshing summer beer. The reviews so far have been pretty good, although I prefer our first beer, which was excellent right out of the gate.

Road Trip!

Torrey Pines State Preserve

From May 19-25 Meg and I ventured down to Southern California for my cousin’s wedding, and to check out some of San Diego’s awesome breweries. After the wedding in Malibu, we drove down to Carlsbad, home of one of the Pizza Port brewpubs, and an easy drive to Escondido and Stone Brewing. After spending some time on the beach, wandering Continue reading

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Saint Bridget’s Stout

A lot has happened since Nookie Day. We realized that a 40 beer yield does not translate into lots of beer for everyone. I’m down to my last four bottles of Nookie after our “release party” bacchanal and giving out samples to friends and coworkers. It’s cool though, since the reviews have been pretty good so far. I gave a bottle to DJ and John over at Little’s liquor store, my local beer purveyor, hoping for some constructive feedback. They liked it so much, that they put it on their “Wall of Fame,” which is made up of beers they love, but can’t sell. It’s pretty flattering for the Nookie to be lumped among New Glarus and Bell’s. Our empty bottle now sits next to Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale behind the register. Since I’m the beer-buying equivalent of what casinos call a “whale,” I hope they just weren’t being nice, but I think they genuinely liked the beer. Continue reading