Touch of Summer

As a kid I used to love cream soda, especially Henry Weinhards’ Vanilla Cream. Pepsi wasn’t my thing, 7up was ok, Root beer was good but there was nothing better than a cream soda. There was something about the combination of the vanilla taste and the tickle of the carbonation on my tongue that bested anything else.

Amarillo Pale Ale

Hot on the heels of Eryn winning an award for the Citra Pale Ale I decided to keep going with the single hop concept. This time instead of Citra hops I used Amarillo hops for the aromatic and for dry hopping. Amarillos are a private hop that have been developed by Virgil Gamache Farms in Washington. What I’m not sure is whether this development was intentional or an accidental mutation but the resulting product is amazing. Generally Amarillo hops are considered an aromatic hop and used as such.

Nightfall

Nightfall gets its name from the nightfall variety of blackberries. To be honest I don’t know if the blackberries that went into our beer are actually Nightfalls or not, but the beer ended up a cool purple color, it was a great name and the blackberries came from Oregon where they grow Nightfalls so I […]

Sweet Sunshine

Along with summer comes the needs for lighter brews and the first of our summer experiments was a Kölsch. We brewed the beer right after one of our spring heat-spells when we were really looking for a nice session beer. The Kölsch has a great golden color, richer then a blonde or a wheat but […]

Cinco de Mayo

Months ago we decided that we wanted to make a nice dark lager to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with (we do our beer planning based of parties). So in the dead of winter we brewed up a dark lager and let it go through the lagering process. It was almost painful how slow the process […]

Trappist Cider

As I’ve written about before I’ve got a soft spot for ciders. Maybe it was the apple tress that grew in my back yard as a kid or just the approachability of ciders, but regardless of what it is I love them. Last year we made a couple lager ciders and this year we decided […]

Coffee Porter

Personally I don’t drink coffee. I had a brief affair with it in college but I’ve never been able to get over the acidity and bitterness. I drink a cup of tea in the morning to get going and that suits me just fine.  My wife however loves coffee and was in a major coffee […]

Abandoned Ale

A couple months ago a good friend of mine decided that she wanted to brew a batch of beer with us. More to the point she wanted to use us to make her own batch of brew (brew day post Celebration Ale Brew Day). We brewed, cleaned up and planned out the schedule for her to […]

Carmel Amber Ale

The Carmel Amber Ale was something we decided we were going to brew just before the holidays as a holiday beer. Of course it was ready by Christmas, but just barely. So now it has become instead a warm amber light through these dark winter months. The beer is a pretty simple Amber Ale. It’s […]

The Tap Board 1/18/11

On Tap: Carmel Amber Ale 5.2% IBU 45, Eggnog Stout 4.8% IBU 35, Maple Porter 8.1% IBU 22 On Deck: Coffee Porter, Belgian White, Flat Tire