Recipe #24: “Flowerfield” Saison — Collaboration Brew Day in Chicago (Batch #2014.11)

I've been brewing with other people in the DC area a lot lately. I forgot how much fun it could be brewing with another person. It is great to get back into it. A few years ago, my friend Mike Thorpe came over to observe a brew day. He was excited to get into brewing … Continue reading Recipe #24: “Flowerfield” Saison — Collaboration Brew Day in Chicago (Batch #2014.11)

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Recipe #21: Brown Saison with Cascade Hops (Batch #2014.16)

What is a brown saison? What is a Belgian brown ale? I don't know. Sort of like the Black IPA episode of a year back, when you do something odd like add a bunch of dry hopping to your porter recipe, what should you call it? There is a popular brewery around here called "Right … Continue reading Recipe #21: Brown Saison with Cascade Hops (Batch #2014.16)

Recipe #18: Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast (Batch #2014.15)

I am auditioning additional saison yeasts for my house blend. I've been trying different home brews by people I trust with different blends and harvesting yeast, or getting yeast, from different brewers in order to expand my options. I have a few promising leads for future beers but the first two I wanted to check … Continue reading Recipe #18: Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast (Batch #2014.15)

Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

Authors Note: I try to post a recipe a week (or a post about brewing once a week) but this week I'm posting two, this being the second behind the Chinook and Cascade IPA disaster. I'm doing this to minimize the impact of that bad beer post on this blog and to reduce my backlog … Continue reading Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

I started this blog a few months ago but I've been brewing for about 10 years. I wanted to start the blog so I could keep better track of what beers I'm making and to force me to try more experiments...push my abilities and contact other brewers to refine my technique. This post isn't going … Continue reading Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

Beer Tourism #2: A Roadtrip from Washington DC to Chicago

I want to do more traveling but with money being as tight as it is and having a small family, I don't get all the opportunities I would like. However, I did have the opportunity to visit a couple of good friends in Chicago...we drove from Washington D.C. to Chicago in our little SUV. Ended … Continue reading Beer Tourism #2: A Roadtrip from Washington DC to Chicago

Brewing at DC Brau Brewing Company (Grain-to-glass collection #1)

I am very excited to bring you the first of several (hoping many) posts about brewing beer on production scale systems. That's right; I convinced several local breweries to let me peek behind the curtain and be an assistant brewer on a batch of beer. The goal here is to be present from start to … Continue reading Brewing at DC Brau Brewing Company (Grain-to-glass collection #1)

Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

Another hoppy saison recipe from a blog about hoppy saisons...at least they are good! This a slight departure and a sign of things to come: this is not a single hop saison (all right, none of them have been single hop saisons but they all showcased one particular hop). This beer has late additions of … Continue reading Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

An Introduction to a new beer blog (yes, another one)

Hello world of beer blogs, What you have found here is yet another beer blog from a beer enthusiast and homebrewer. It is hard to know where one fits in with the hundreds of popular beer blogs on the Internet - blogs that cover nearly every style of beer, region of the country, and every … Continue reading An Introduction to a new beer blog (yes, another one)