HomebrewingLatest print article: Homebrewers teaming up with Pros

My latest article for my local newspaper is out, on the topic of homebrewers teaming up with commercial, pro brewers to brew their recipes commercially: Deschutes releases Hazmat Munich Dunkel Thursday. The title refers to the Pro-Am beer Deschutes Brewery brewed with COHO member Joe Mikus. But more importantly, I also … Continue reading

Beers(Eclipse) Beer of the Week: Path of Totality SMaSH

Happy Total Eclipse Day 2017! What an amazing morning; here in Bend we weren’t quite in totality of the eclipse but we had something like 99.6% of it, and we avoided fighting the crowds and watched the eclipse from our backyard. Of course me being me, I had to enjoy … Continue reading

HomebrewingTips for submitting beer to homebrew competitions

I spent this past weekend judging beers at the Central Oregon Homebrewers‘ annual Spring Fling competition, where we had a record 363 beers entered. Spring Fling is a BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition, and follows the 2015 style guidelines. Over the weekend I judged the Wood Beer, IPA, and Pale American Ale … Continue reading

HomebrewingStyle Profile: American Amber Ale

Who remembers American Amber Ales? Not the hopped-up dry Red Ales that have been prevalent the last few years, but the original caramel and malty staple of microbreweries of the ’80s and ’90s? I feel like the Amber Ale is something of an endangered species these days, partially because of the current hops … Continue reading

HomebrewingRecipe: Christmas Cheer (Old Ale with fruit)

Do you know the secret to a good fruitcake? It’s using real, non-processed dried fruits instead of the neon-colored, cloyingly candied fruits chunks you find in most commercial varieties. It’s also a matter of having the proper batter-to-fruit ratio. And, wrapping the cake(s) in brandy-soaked cheesecloth to age for at … Continue reading

HomebrewingBeware botulism in your prison hooch

I get a fair number of emails these days related to beer and alcohol, many of which are press releases of various types, but occasionally one arrives that’s offbeat and interesting. Case in point: a pointer to this article on Botulism from Drinking Pruno from the US National Library of Medicine. I … Continue reading

The Session #71: Brewers and Drinkers

Today being the first Friday of the month (and of 2013) means it’s time again for The Session! This month’s topic is brought to us by John at The Home Brew Manual, and he’s come up with Brewers and Drinkers: Brewers and Drinkers is about your relationship with beer and … Continue reading

The next Session: Brewing & Drinking

I’m late pointing this out, but the January Session was announced a few weeks ago, and it’s being hosted by The Home Brew Manual with the topic “Brewers and Drinkers,” exploring the relationship between drinking and brewing your own beer: Brewers and Drinkers is about your relationship with beer and … Continue reading