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.

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.

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 […]

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. ┬áMy wife however loves coffee and was in a major coffee […]

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 Blonde Wino

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 […]

Oatmeal ESB

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 […]