Thanksgiving beers

Slashfood beat me to the punch and points to a BeerAdvocate article on Thanksgiving beer pairings. Hors d’oeuvre HourKick things up a notch with a moderate level of hops. The hoppy characters in Pale Ales will pair nicely with salads, a slew of cheese varieties, fruits, and many hors d’oeuvres, … Continue reading

Pfiff! on Samichlaus

Pfiff! has a fun post on one of the strongest of beers, Samichlaus. Unlike most beers that strive for this level of strength, Hürlimann’s crown jewel is not highly hopped, resulting in a brew that (when drank young) is seriously sweet, rich, and chewy, to the point where you wouldn’t … Continue reading

The Brew Site is a source for news

This is very cool: this site is being used as a news source for, a news aggregator site that pulls news from sources all over the web—and just added blogs recently as a source. I saw my Stone Age Beer article show up on the Beer News page … Continue reading

Medieval Ale

The last several posts have taken an historical theme, so I thought I’d throw in another: Binge-drinking an age-old problem (via A Good Beer Blog). Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water…. Looking back … Continue reading

Stone Age Beer (from Discover)

November’s issue of Discover Magazine has an article titled "Stone Age Beer" (unfortunately, the full article is only available to subscribers) about Dogfish Head Brewery‘s attempt at brewing a 9,000 year-old beer from China. (Other articles are here and here.) It’s a pretty interesting story, beer brewed with rice, grapes, … Continue reading

Corny keg setup

One of the things on my list to do someday with homebrew is kegging. Several years ago, I picked up a cornelius keg, CO2 tank and the necessary hoses and regulator from a garage sale, and as near as I can tell it’s all in usable condition. I’d simply have … Continue reading

Pre-Columbian brewery

Picked this article up off the wire: Brewery offers glimpse at pre-Columbian civilizations along Andes. Pretty interesting stuff, concerning an early American brewery circa 600 BC. The brewery serviced the earliest known diplomatic embassy in the Americas, a palace complex atop a steep-sided mesa in southern Peru built by the … Continue reading

Bad Elf approved

Follow-up from my earlier post about Bad Elf Beer: the state of Connecticut approved the Bad Elf. The department determined that although state regulations bar alcohol advertising with images that might entice kids, including images associated with Santa Claus, the regulations do not apply to beer labels…. At a compliance … Continue reading

Brewing with cranberries

Sorry I hadn’t posted much for the first week of this month—my in-laws were in town and we were celebrating a birthday, so we had a busy week in the real world. Anyway, I still have a bunch of pumpkin in the freezer that I’m going to brew with, and … Continue reading

This year’s pumpkin

I’ve got enough pumpkin this year for two nice batches of my pumpkin ale. I’m thinking I’ll make my regular recipe for the first batch, and then maybe experiment with an Imperial Pumpkin style recipe for a Christmas/winter ale. Or maybe start with the heftier beer since it’ll take longer … Continue reading