Monday, June 23, 2008

Beer Book

I have been reading a great book about american beer history it's called "Ambitious Brew" by Maureen Ogle published in 2006. The book starts out with the original fathers of beer, the Pabts, Millers, Busch and many others and how they endured migrating to america, assimilating, the struggles of prohibition, the world wars I and II, post-prohibition and ends with the beginning of craft beer revival. I am in chapter 6 of 8 and have learned that the original brewmasters learned and cared about their beer flavor and how it was pervieved by the public. Most of the original brewers also were original characters. After reading this book and knowing that Anhauser-Busch today may be bought out by a european conglomerate makes this an even more interesting read, very interesting. As LaVar Burton from Reading Rainbow states "Don't take my word for it".

Friday, June 13, 2008

Beer #13 WBC

Aroma: piny, grapefruit, citrusy

Apperance: Clear light amber, white haed dissapates quickly and clings to sides of glass.

Mouthfeel: Med-thick on syrupy side, but not underattenuated

Flavor: hoppy, hoppy, hoppy like it should be. Full of citrus, grapefruit, pine and has hints of caramel. Finishes sweet with some bitterness

Overall: Great beer. I can actually drink this beer. Good balance and good flavor. Great representation for this style.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Whew...Back in the Saddle!!!

After a long break, I'm back! It's been over a week since I posted anything, shame on me! Since my last post I have helped a friends brew a batch and ordered a new book to read. Also, the last batch I helped my friend make was a Belgian Pale Ale turned out to be a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. It was still young but smelled and tasted delicious!

The book I am now reading is called "Cellarmanship" by Patrick O'neill. The book is about anyone interested in working in anytype of beer cellar. It talks about cask care to proper cellar requirements to the head on a pint. I will post my thoughts once I finish reading the book.