Hop Planting

Gardening has been something that we have loved to do ever since Eryn and I moved to our current home. We have a great vegetable garden that we grow during the summer, flowers during the spring and a collection of roses that border our back fence. Since we started brewing we have talked about the possibility of growing hops as well but we were always concerned about space and unsure how we could trellis them. A few weeks ago during a stop at our local homebrew supply we noticed a sign for their hop rhizome sale. On impulse we ordered two rhizomes and just decided we would figure it out when we got them.

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.

Sassy Blonde

A couple of weeks ago I was about to make another batch of Kolsch when I got the funny idea to maybe try something a bit different, or actually something a lot different. Maybe it was a trip to the beach, a walk down on the plaza or the recent concert I went to but […]

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┬áCelebration Ale Brew Day). We brewed, cleaned up and planned out the schedule for her to […]