Monthly Archives: September 2007

The Session #7: Brew Zoo

This month’s Session is being hosted by Rick Lyke, who came up with the "Brew Zoo" theme: Have you ever noticed how many animals show up on beer labels? We have lions and tigers and bears, plus various birds, reptiles, fish, assorted domesticated and wild animals, plus a few mythical creatures. For whatever reason brewers have a tradition of branding their beers using everything from pets to predators. The Brew Zoo will celebrate these lagers … Continue reading →

Hops? Aphids!

So an update on my hop harvesting efforts over the Labor Day weekend. I picked hops on Saturday and on Monday, for a couple of hours or so each day, and ended up with hops split amongst 10 paper grocery bags—each of which would probably yield, I don’t know, about 4 ounces of dried hops when all is said and done. Things were going along great, my initial 6 bags were drying nicely and I … Continue reading →

Press Release: Charlotte, NC Man to Sell Beer Rights for Life

So, this is an odd one… it’s an interesting idea, not one that I’d commit to personally (there’s just so much good beer out there to drink!), but I’m not sure how much traction it’ll gain. Man will only drink/serve winning companies’ beer for life Charlotte, NC — September 4, 2007 — A Charlotte, NC man will auction his "Beer Rights for Life" on eBay to the highest bidding brewery. Man will only drink/serve winning … Continue reading →

Naughty Nellie

Naughty Nellie is a "golden artisan ale" from Seattle’s Pike Brewing. According to Pike, it’s named "for Nellie Curtis, madam of the LaSalle Hotel, where Pike was founded." It’s easy drinking at 4.7% alcohol by volume. Appearance: Hazy copper colored (raw honey), light, thin white head. Sediment settled out into the bottom of the glass. Smell: Spicy and hoppy—like a cinnamon and clove, with an earthy undertone. Contrast this to the one I had the … Continue reading →

Hop harvest

My mom has a bumper crop of hops this year—she has hops growing off the end of her deck—so I picked a bunch of them today, and intend to go back for the rest (or as many as I can get) on Monday. I also took a bunch of pictures of the harvest. I’m not entirely sure what variety of hop these are, though I’d guess Cascade. I ended up filling three paper grocery sacks … Continue reading →