Sunday, March 28, 2010

Birthday Treat

Every year we get to celebrate the year we were born and I celebrated that day on Tuesday March 23. Turing 24. While celebrating that day my dad and I decided to consume some refreshing beverages . I did not write down any scoring or judging of the beers I drank because I was just enjoying the day and ended up drinking quite a few, so my palate may have been off any way. I will say I didn't have a beer I didn't like and quickly enjoyed all of them. I did take a few pictures that day and will share the day with everyone.
 I played around with some pictures because I was bored. I do like this Sam Adam's Nobel  Pils. Its a good session beer.

 My dad bought some awesome cigars the past week. They are Acid Kuba Kuba. Went well with the day.


My dog playing in the grass.

This was a very good Ale. Had some body to it along with flavor. Can't go wrong with this.

The price of this beer is crazy to be honest. But I understand how much time and work has been put in this beer. You certainly can tell the quality is there and has a refreshing unique taste to the beer since it does some fermenting in the bottle; it does leave a good bit of sediment in the glass. I really enjoyed the beer and would buy again if the price was a little cheaper. Cheers to trying something new with the way to make beer and having success.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tribute-Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

I figured I'd write a little tribute to a brewery that I think got America wanting more to a beer rather then drinking a lite pilsner. It seems they have been over looked lately as they don't have commercials ads and don't design fancy beer glasses. The founder started out like most. A homebrewer that wanted more to beer.

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer?Well it speaks for itself.

On November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 

Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.
My first beer that I drank that actually stood out side of the box from a standard American Commercial  beer was Sierra Nevada's American Pale Ale. It still remains one of my favorite beers to have year round.

A beer I enjoy come Summer time is Sierra Nevada's-Kellerweis Hefeweizens- it is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. The hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.

A good bold IPA I enjoy when I'm on my hoppy bold kick is Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA. It is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

So Cheers to you Sierra Nevada!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Future Plans

Future plans have been planned out. Now just need to schedule the dates and order a few more grain/specialty grains.
I have down not in any particular order.
1. Cream ale-half blue berry half vanilla
2. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
3. My Rye Pale Ale with a few changes
4. Summer Wheat remix
5. Bell's IPA

I think that should keep me busy for at least two months. Things haven't been on schedule since the move and the new job, but I look forward to getting back on a routine and brewing some more beer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Going to miss you Terripan..

Well, yesterday I had my last visit with Terripan Brewery yesterday. You really can't beat paying $10 for a mug and 8 tickets for beer. I leave satisfied every time I go. I plan to have a summer road trip to come back to Athens for a day of drinking at Terripan and then go to a few pubs downtown. Then go to Sweetwater the next day.

Terripan inspired me to make the Rye Pale Ale recently. Here is a little back ground of the beer and what they have down for the ingredients.

By using an exact amount of rye, a grain seldom found in other micro brewed beers, the Rye Pale Ale acquires its signature taste. Made with five varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, it offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and well balanced – a rare find among beers.
The Terrapin Rye Pale Ale was released in Athens, GA in April of 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Six months later this beer which was sold only in Athens was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious competition in North America. We hope you will agree with our peers in the brewing industry that this is truly one of the best pale ales in the country.

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Victory Malt, Honey Malt
Hops: Magnum, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, Amarillo (Dry Hop)
Food: This beer cries out for spicy foods to match it’s hoppy flavors…jerk chicken to shrimp and grits.
Cheese: Gruyère or Manchego

After I left Terripan last night and after drinking a few Rye's I realized my make isn't to bad, I think I just used to much rye I think. I plan to play around with this recipe as a base and will have my own make of this beer.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rye Pale Ale update

I've been a little busy lately with job interviews and what not. I tasted the rye today and kinda forgot to take a picture until the last minute. Well the body was great and was smooth but damn did it finish bitter. I think I will change the bittering hop from Columbus to Centennial and leave it at .5 oz's I don't have my notes with me but I think other then that I will leave the hops as is.
Overall the beer turned out pretty good for making one in the dark.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Summer ? _insert name

Today we brewed A summer something. The color was unique during the run offs and after boil. I brewed over at a friends house and forgot to bring the camera. But I will go by tomorrow to take a few pictures to show you the color. Its full of orange(10mins),lemon(5mins),coriander(10mins), and grains of paradise(5mins). Not sure how this will turn out. If its worth anything I will post the recipe.