My story’s infinite, like the Gnomegang Symphonette 6

My story's infinite, like the Gnomegang Symphonette
I had a package sitting on the table when I got home from work today.  Not sure if I had a night of Amazon shopping after a night of many beers, I didn’t know what to expect.  Inside, I found something that really made my day, something that put a big goofy smile on my ...

Iowa Brewers Guild Announces Iowa Craft Beer Festival 1

Iowa Brewers Guild Announces Iowa Craft Beer Festival
Ok. I’m a little late in getting this up.  But, believe it or not posting at this site is not my full time job.  So, in the odd case you haven’t seen this already, the Iowa Brewers Guild announced today the first annual Iowa Craft Beer Festival. Coinciding with Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), the ...

Cool Accessory for a Home Bar 3

If you’re not familiar with Etsy, it’s a web site where people sell retro, vintage and handmade arts & craft items.  One such example are these very cool bottle openers that would look great mounted near a home bar.  They feature a can from a regional brewery.  There’s lots of options to pick from.  I ...

Quick & Dirty(s) – A Roundup of Stouts Before It’s Hot Out 4

Quick & Dirty(s) - A Roundup of Stouts Before It's Hot Out
OK, tonight I am going through the cellar and my two beer fridges and finding some of the stouts that I wanted to take in this year.  Seeing that it did just snow earlier this week, I don’t feel bad putting a few of these down.  So here we go.  I obviously won’t be clearing ...

Northern Brewer’s AK-47 Brew Day 1

It is too wet to do anything in the yard.  It will be for weeks.  I had two beers kits in the grain box. Northern Brewer’s Chinook IPA, and the British Mild AK-47.  I decided on the AK-47. The yeast needed for the Chinook will have beer on it until Tuesday at the earliest. This ...

New Brewery Coming to Eastern Iowa?

New Brewery Coming to Eastern Iowa?
Imagine my surprise when I read in The Gazette’s web feed last night that Coralville was looking to add a brewery to the Iowa River Landing Project.  For those of you who don’t live in Eastern Iowa, Coralville used to be the closest thing to a suburb you could get in Iowa City.  But the ...

Stone Week in Kansas City Wrap-up 6

Stone Week in Kansas City Wrap-up
The Kansas City portion of Stone Week has drawn to a close, probably for the best, in the interest of my health and wallet.  Tuesday I made it to four of the events (a press deal, Blanc, Flying Saucer, and Riot Room.  I’m still working on my video, the audio ended up unsynched, but check ...

Stone Week Missouri Day 1 Round-up 5

Stone Week Missouri Day 1 Round-up
It’s been a rather long day.  I have some video uploading (I hope!), should be good stuff.  My data cable for my phone is basically destroyed, so I’ve been waiting for this to be sent through the magical ways of whatever phones does.  Hopefully I’ll have a couple things posted tomorrow. So tonight.  After my ...

Stone Week: 1 event down 3

Stone Week: 1 event down
This morning I was able to attend a special “press release” pre-party thing (the pre-party thing designation is my own, not official) for Stone, a time for Greg Koch to meet and greet some of the beer blogger type people in Kansas City.  Somehow I got invited, and jumped at the chance. It started with ...

Brasserie Dupont to Expand US Offerings 3

Brasserie Dupont to Expand US Offerings
Much to Storminspank’s chagrin, Brasserie Dupont is going to be expanding their offerings to the US.  Known for their world-class Saisons, they apparently make a number of other beers as well, including a pilsner, wit, and stout!  Given John’s Grocery ability to get Belgian beers and their love of Dupont, I would not at all ...

You know you want to listen to me talk 5

You know you want to listen to me talk
Recently, I appeared as a “special guest” on a podcast over at OnTapKC, with my friends Corey and Beau.  This is sort of ties in with Stone Week, as new beers coming to the KCMO area are discussed (albeit somewhat obliquely at times, we hit nearly ever tangent we can, including a brief time talking ...

Agave Chamomile Wheat-All Grain Brew Day 2

         Track meet was snowed out, I had ingredients for three different brews, my Brix/Gravity ATC refractometer missed me, and so I brewed beer.  Earlier in my brewing career, February, I brewed a partial mash recipe for an Agave Chamomile Wheat.  It was mocked, it was ridiculed, and it was called potpourri beer. To be ...