Show Me Stone Brewing – Stone Week in Missouri 3

Show Me Stone Brewing - Stone Week in Missouri
Very exciting times in Missouri.  Just over a month ago, Firestone Walker come to my fair state, and in a few days, Stone Brewing will be hitting Kansas City, St. Louis, and cities in-between.  And hitting it hard.  Here’s what they have to say about it – Just weeks after entering the Minnesota marketplace with ...

So I Drank Free Beer at Surly Brewing the Other Day… 6

So I Drank Free Beer at Surly Brewing the Other Day...
I just sat there in front of the computer on a Friday.  Heart racing, sweat dripping from my brow, anticipation building.  Then suddenly it happened, another tour was opened, and BAM – the ever elusive reservation on a Surly Brewing Tour was mine.  I got a spot.  Well, four spots to be exact.  What a ...

Sierra Nevada Gets on the Canning Train

Sierra Nevada Gets on the Canning Train
CraftCans.com – Q & A with Bill Manly  (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company). All I can say is 16 oz cans of Torpedo?  Whoa.

Bell’s Brewery to Start Date Stamping Their Bottles 2

Bell's Brewery to Start Date Stamping Their Bottles
Later this month Bell’s Brewery is going to start date-stamping their bottles with the date the beer was bottled.  This is becoming more common among brewers an I applaud Bell’s decision to do so.  Currently they put a batch code on the bottle which you can look up on their web site to learn when ...

Founders KBS (2011 Vintage): Awake My Soul 5

Founders KBS (2011 Vintage): Awake My Soul
Here’s the 2011 version of Founders Kentucky Bourbon Stout (commonly referred to as KBS).  “A Stout Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels.” Poured this beauty out and let it decant for over 30 minutes until my patience wore out.  Patience is virtue.  A pox on virtues!!  This stout is best enjoyed near room temperature and, ...

Quick and Dirty(s): Mission St, Bons Voeux, Alpha Dog 11

Quick and Dirty(s): Mission St, Bons Voeux, Alpha Dog
Before and after our tour of Surly Brewing this past Saturday (pics and videos to come shortly), a couple friends and I sat down and shared a few beers.  Here’s the Quick and Dirty for them. Mission St 2011 Anniversary Ale JUSTIN – A lot of malts, but decent tasting. For an imperial brown ale, ...

Schrödinger’s Dead Guy Ale Transferred to Secondary

Gravity 3/24/11 – 1.066 Gravity 4/10/11 – 1.031 ABV on 4/10/11 – 6.4% Attenuation – 64.5% Apparent Attenuation – 78.8% I used the ATC refractometer and Sean Terrill’s new and improved spreadsheet for ABV and Attenuation percentages.  Find it here. Will be bottled or kegged April 23rd.

All They Have to do is Grow 2

All They Have to do is Grow
Saturday night I finally got the hops in the ground.  Today I set up the poles and the ropes.  @Duckyjensen suddenly less than thrilled.  My original plan was to build a trellis.  Next year I probably will.  The current system is not unlike how hops are traditionally grown.  On Thursday I built 18″ x 24″ ...

(Big Head) Fred from Hair of the Dog

(Big Head) Fred from Hair of the Dog
I’ve had this beer in the fridge since last year’s Dark Lord Day. I’m not sure that’s been too long or not. Aroma — Malts and notes of fruit, but I swear to Jah that I get some molasses, which, in my experience goes hand in hand with the higher ABVs (Fred is a 10). As ...

Happy National Beer Day! Drink some beer. Mine’s a Surly Furious 4

Happy National Beer Day! Drink some beer. Mine's a Surly Furious
After raining and being just generally overcast for basically the whole day, the late afternoon brought sunshine and a little bit of a warm up before the evening.  Lovely.  Time for a beer.  Since it’s National Beer Day and all, it’s my duty, as a beer blogger and an American. Last weekend, my buddy Bill ...

National Beer Day – What a Difference a Yeast Makes 2

National Beer Day - What a Difference a Yeast Makes
On this date in 1993, the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed.  Why is this important?  Well, for those of you who slept through your high school government class, the 21st amendment repealed Prohibition and made beer legal again.  So, April 7 is now celebrated as National Beer Day.  To honor this day, ...

Quick & Dirty: Drinking in the Morning 3

Quick & Dirty: Drinking in the Morning
So I indulged myself this morning with an incredible beverage to kickstart my day.  Drinking early in the morning, you say?  Why, yes!  Sure, it was a weekday and I had to be into work in a few minutes, but it was well worth my time to slam this one back.   Aroma:  Smells like ...