Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Here's the latest homebrew. The color is rockin'. The overall look is pretty nice, really. Taste? Not too shabby. Snooty came up from Houston for Thanksgiving and we devoured some of my stash during the Nebraska - Colorado game. Mitch downed his, too. My best review was from SA during halftime of Sunday's bike polo game:
"You brewed this? This is good!"
It's worth noting that SA scored the winning goal. Was it the brew? Who knows...
More reviews on their way. If I share.
Nope. Can't get it at your local watering hole. Can't find it at that fancy "spirits" shop. Can't buy it online. You want some? Talk to Santa.
I've been following Surly Brewing since they came on the scene earlier this year, and have watched their growth in Minneapolis. Not related to the bike folks, but just as, well... Surly.
Bender is an interesting cross between an oatmeal stout and a nut brown. Very filling. Furious is, in one crazy made-up word -
SpazHOPtic. It reminds me of something from Henry Weinhards out of Portland. Like their private reserve or boar's head red. Neither is for the weak at heart. They just started putting this stuff into pint cans about a month ago.
Thanks to Tod & Sue for thinking of me as they traveled over Thanksgiving. It cost me some Fat Tire and 2 Below. Nice trade.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
While in Colorado last weekend, I snuck over to New Belgium Brewery to see how the progress on the expansion was going. Wow... I was blown away at how large of a building they're dishing up, and how far along they are. I love to see these guys grow.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Enough about beer. The ride in to work today was nice, and I took the camera along to snap some early November scenery. One thing you can count on is this scene on Election Day. The Memorial Park bridge over Dodge was packed with smiling, waving campaign troopers. I bet that number will double by the time I cross it going back home tonight.
Here's one confused voter... the nocturnal polls close at 6am, fella. A jogger gave this bugger a wide berth in Elmwood this morning as I crept closer to take a photo. I'm pretty sure his mouth is covered in a frothy foam right about now.
Finished up the brew with a few helping hands last night. Thanks to Neil & Addie... your rewards will be delicious (we hope). Bottled and ready to burp in about 2 weeks. Scarecrow IPA comes in at about 3.7% ABV. The color is great, too...
Friday, November 03, 2006
Pulled the IPA off the yeast and put it into the carboy last weekend for a final ferment. The Specific Gravity seemed low, as I expected. But, I know what I did wrong. Bottling it up tomorrow. I'll be able to take some out to Colorado with me in a couple weeks.
Haven't commuted on 2 wheels this week in lieu of a chest cold. I'll wait until the hacking of green things up at night subsides. Back in the Saddle next week.
Polo Sunday - I'm all in. That will test if the rear wheel I trued will hold up. Or fold.