Archive for November, 2007

Thanksgiving and Beer (No Comments)

On Thanksgiving after dinner was done and most of us were in a turkey induced coma, Chris and his brother started our Christmas ale. Our niece (a 7 year old who LOVES cooking) got involved in the gristing process despite that it can even tire a full grown adult. And the rest of the family drifted in and out of the kitchen asking questions about the whole process.

 The beer itself is composed of wheat malt, coriander, bitter orange, honey, hops, and trappist ale yeast. We have used this recipe before (last time adding a bit of juniper for the christmas flavor, this time leaving it out because of laziness…I mean food coma), however, the recent hops shortage has led to some creative improvisation. Pretty much the only hop we could get our hands on was French Striesselspalt which was listed as having alpha acids between 2-6.6. We ordered it like it was a 5 or 6 and it came as a 2.2. So the beer may well not be very bitter, but I find that holidays often lead to enough bitterness. Furthermore, it IS going to be mighty alcoholic the purpose of which is to remove said bitterness from the holiday season… So hopefully it will work out. And if it doesnt maybe we can bathe a ham in it or ourselves or something (like giving it to relatives who drink *shudder* bud light…).

 — Cindy

Thanksgiving (No Comments)

You know what goes well with turkey? Beer. So for this thanksgiving I leave you with a few nifty beer quotes.

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”– Ben Franklin

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
-Dave Barry

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed – Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.’
-Deep Thoughts, Jack Handy


Cocoa Beer (No Comments)

Apparently modern day hot chocolate may have started with cocoa beer

 more links here


Buckeye Beer Engine (No Comments)

Last weekend we went to the Buckeye Beer Engine. We had been looking at going there for some time, however, while the place boasted a huge beer selection their signs made them seem like a place that would only have MGD and Pabst. So what was different about last weekend? A friend of ours who is a wine vendor came to town for a beer show, and at the show people were talking about the beer engine. Wanting to show him a good time, we went. And saw that no this bar was not just Miller, Coors, and such; but rather that they had 27 taps! (only 1 was PBR, but really should should probably have one of those for folks that dont know any better). And each of the taps was a cool and unique choice. Perhaps one of these days they will have HarleyBrew or Beerios or whatever we decide to call ourselves on tap.

— Cindy

Rising Beer Prices (No Comments)

I was recently notified of a hops shortage by my ‘suppliers’. The 2006 crop has been mostly depleted and the 2007 crop isn’t quite ready for shipping. It should be over soon, but I’ve also been reading about increased malt prices because farmers are switching to planting corn for ethanol production.

Here is a short overview, but there are plenty of other articles out there.

– Chris