Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hump Day Drinkin' Songs- You thought I left didn't you? edition

I'm still here, just buried under a pile of work, school and baseball tournaments. Here's your Hump Day Drinkin' song for this week. I'm planning a killer brew for you. One of these days I'll make it. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Revisiting the Radler

A couple weeks ago I posted about trying to make a radler at home. Since then I've been looking into the history of the radler, or shandy. It turns out that in Germany, where the radler originated, lemonade doesn't mean lemonade like it does in the States. In Germany, lemonade is more like what we call Sprite. Last night, for the first time in awhile, we had some Sprite in the house and I had some cold bottles of the Cherry Poppin' Wheat. So, I once again got out the big mug and poured in the 12 ounces of beer. This left me room for about half of a can of Sprite. I poured that in and got quite a nice head- much better than the beer itself (I'm still not sure where I went wrong with that one). I was a bit skeptical, but it wasn't as bad as you might think. The flavor wasn't that different than with lemonade but the texture was a lot smoother. I will definitely be trying this again.

Hump Day Drinkin' Songs- Back and Better than Ever edition

After a long hiatus, including a vacation, some baseball and a lot of homework, I'm back with a Hump Day Drinkin' Song for you. It's probably pretty obvious to regular followers that I love me some Merle Haggard. It just so happens that he's got some great songs about the topics of this blog. So here's another. Enjoy.

More later on my updated attempt at a radler.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hump Day Drinkin' songs- Drought edtion

It's no secret to many that it's been hot in most of the country. In my neck of the woods it's also been dry. Crazy dry. Gardens and lawns are dead. Here's a Hump Day Drinkin' Song related to rain and it's importance in farming and in, um other things.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Hotter than... insert your own inappropriate metaphor here

It's just too darn hot to brew. My house is an old farm house without central air. Relax, we've got window units, but nothing in the kitchen. So it gets pretty hot in there even when you fire up the microwave for 30 seconds for a plate of nachos. Let alone for 30 minutes to cook supper or 3 hours to brew beer.

Check out today's forecast.

So, we're eating a lot of food that's grilled and a lot of salads. Nice, light summer fare. But this heat is putting a damper on my brewing. The other day I was out on the porch and noticed that the temperature gauge on my smoker was in the IDEAL range. I wasn't smoking anything and there wasn't any fire inside. That's hot. So, now I can't brew inside, and I can't brew outside. What's a homebrewer to do?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hump Day Drinkin' Songs- Happy birthday America edtion

Whether your grilling or shoving watered down hot dogs down your throat at the pace of 10 per minute (I'm talking to you Joey Chesnutt) take a minute to think about the phrase "sacred honor." The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. How many of our elected officials today could even say the words sacred honor with a straight face? So in between beers today (as an aside I've got some Great Lakes Christmas Ale I've been saving for today) take a second to think about what today really means and the pieces of liberty we've voted away over the past 2 centuries. Is what we've become what they envisioned when they pledged their sacred honor? end rant. Happy Birthday to the greatest country in the history of the world. Reaching way back in time here for this week's song. Lots of people know Steve Miller's later songs like the Joker and Jet Airliner and all those great songs form the 70's but they also had some killer songs from the 60's. Here's one. Enjoy this as you get ready for your parade and fireworks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

RIP Andy Griffith

Sad news this morning as we stop to mourn the loss of a true American icon-- Andy Griffith. Here's a scene from one of my favorite episodes where the Darlings and Andy start to jam North Carolina style. RIP Sheriff Taylor.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Raison D'etre and a little cheese.

So, school started last week- just in time for tee ball to be over. So I really don't have much more free time. I've got a cream ale planned for my next brew and am looking at some Octoberfest as well. But I'm going to need free time to get that going. I'm also looking at making the jump to all grain, but this master's program is really slowing that down. Enjoying the Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre tonight while I study. It's definitely dark, it's definitely delicious and I wish I had more. It goes down smooth and makes me think of cooler weather. Not typically the kind of beer I'd drink in the summer, but still it's delicious. I'm also mixing it with a little Amish made smoked horseradish cheese. Great complements. The dark, coffee undertones of the beer are enhanced by the smokey heat of the horseradish. For those that enjoy cheese and wine, you keep the wine, I'll bring some beer.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The spoils of vacation

As I mentioned last week, I spent a few days off the grid relaxing with my wife. Nice way to celebrate 10 years of marriage. One more time- Happy Anniversary, babe. I also remember mentioning that I didn't expect to find anything blog worthy on the trip. Boy was I wrong. Our first stop was at an Amish bulk food store where I ran across some star anise. I'll be using this in several beers for this winter. For two dollars I got enough to last quite some time. At one of our last stops I was able to run into some craft beer. On the way home we saw a sign advertising Southern Ohio's largest craft beer selection. I have to admit to being skeptical since the business was listed as Ozzy's drive-thru. After examination I cannot say they were exaggerating much. Below is a picture of some of what I was able to bring home.

I'm pretty excited about the Dogfish Head and the Weyerbacher's. The Red Bird was brewed locally, so I felt obligated to try it out. I'll bring reviews of each to the blog as I try them. Right now I'm working through the left over Cherry Poppin' Wheat from last weekend's party.