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.
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.
A good friend of mine, Dave, who comes and plays poker every week kept asking when we were going to make a coconut beer. Ironically we had been kicking around the same idea for quite a while. I’ve always really liked Maui’s Coconut Porter and on this day in particular Dave had also brought over Kona’s coconut brown to help make his case. It was great and it sealed the deal for us, now we just had to decide what goes into a great brown ale.
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. Â My wife however loves coffee and was in a major coffee […]
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 postÂ Celebration Ale Brew Day). We brewed, cleaned up and planned out the schedule for her to […]
The Maple Porter is one of our Christmas beers. Â It is inspired by something that I alway hated growing up, maple Santa. Â Sorry mom, those pure maple sugar Santa that you put in our stockings, they were gross. Â But now I have turned that Christmas memory into something far better, a beer brewed with maple […]
Well we finally got to tap the one and only keg of Blonde Wino we will have this year, and in a single weekend we almost kicked it as well. This brew has been a total experiment from the beginning and I’ve got to say I’ve loved it the whole way through. What started as […]
When fall started coming on this year I got into trying some seasonal ales. Â The best one I found was Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Â As you have seen in Justin’s post we have become fans of Dogfish Head for many reasons, this time was absolutely about the beer. Â I liked it so much I thought, […]
When we first started brewing we each started with a different brand of brew kits. Eryn started with a basic Mr. Beer kit, I started with a 1 gallon Brooklyn Brew all-grain kit. We fell in love with brewing and started doing a few 5 gallon DME kits. Had I never gotten a Brooklyn brew […]