Puttin’ on the Ritz | Labeling and Waxing

|BACKGROUND| Is a bottle with Sharpie-decorated paper label taped on to the side of a bottle a functional label? Sure, but it lacks zazz.  As a homebrewer, there's a certain level of pride that comes with making the unsophisticated brown glass bottle look almost professional at times. While some more stalwart members of the fold might … Continue reading Puttin’ on the Ritz | Labeling and Waxing

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Brew Log #8 – Grimace | Dryhopped Grape Sour

|BACKGROUND| This particular brew ended up being one of those "whole family" kinda projects. In recent years, the trend of how beer is approached as a drinker has shifted heavily from a brand loyalty approach ("I'm a Miller/Coors/Bud/Yeungling/etc. guy") to that of how wine is approached ("I like cabernets"), meaning that instead of sticking to … Continue reading Brew Log #8 – Grimace | Dryhopped Grape Sour

Brew Log #6 – Just Like Mama Used To Make | Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Brown Ale

|BACKGROUND| On a sardonic note, seasonal beers are generally shit. In this day and age, ain't nobody got time for pumpkin beers, especially with seasonal creep pushing them onto shelves and preorders as early as June and July. Beyond that, no, I don't give a shit about your apricot wheat ale or your orange creamsicle … Continue reading Brew Log #6 – Just Like Mama Used To Make | Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Brown Ale

Brew Log #5 – Charlie Green | Hyper Session IPA Brewed With LupuLN2 Powder

  |BACKGROUND| Much akin to my talking shit about how easy it would be to make a gluten-free beer taste good (fun fact, it is, but it's also fucking expensive), I've also talked a lot of shit about probably being able to make a solid session IPA. Granted, I've been doing that for about 3-4 … Continue reading Brew Log #5 – Charlie Green | Hyper Session IPA Brewed With LupuLN2 Powder

Brew Log #4 – Machine Gun Funk | DDH Brett IPA w/ Kiwi & Gin Oak Staves

|BACKGROUND| To be fair, I'm actually still relatively green in the sour making game, despite my proclivity towards drinking them. I've done a little bit of secondary fermentation with Brett, namely on a golden raspberry saison and a failed attempt at a tropical wild wheat (the Brett got oxidized during a transfer to secondary). Worth noting, that … Continue reading Brew Log #4 – Machine Gun Funk | DDH Brett IPA w/ Kiwi & Gin Oak Staves

Brew Log #3 – Steam Machine | California Common

|BACKGROUND| As much as I have a flair for the dramatic and obscure, I do have an appreciation for the classics. While the general majority might collectively shit themselves every time that Mankish/Other Half/Trillium/Tired Hands/etc. release another murky, hazy, DDH kick your tits off juice bomb of a hazy DIPA, it's important to remember where all … Continue reading Brew Log #3 – Steam Machine | California Common

Brew Log #2 – Criss Cross Applesauce | Belgian-Style Imperial Graff

|BACKGROUND| A few years ago, I managed to score a ticket to Cantillon's Zwanze Day at Hill Farmstead (surprisingly, through a beer trade) and I had a little solo adventure up to Vermont. The guy who I was trading with suggested meeting up at a little farmer's market near Waterbury because Lawson's Finest Liquids was … Continue reading Brew Log #2 – Criss Cross Applesauce | Belgian-Style Imperial Graff

Brittunculi | Barrel-Aged English Barleywine

The throes of winter dictate drinking beers appropriate for the weather. In the cold, bleak, and borderline misanthropic lulls of cold and snow, it's almost mandatory to imbibe the higher, darker side of the brew universe. Imperial stouts, barleywines, and the plethora of barrels to age them in become king. Personal bias, I lean towards … Continue reading Brittunculi | Barrel-Aged English Barleywine