Changing times

The road life takes us down can be both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. We don’t always know what the next curve will bring, and that is one of the things that makes life worth living. For me, seeing myself change over the years has been just like driving down a long road. The scenery has changed, my feelings about where I am and what I am doing has changed, and most of all, I’ve enjoyed every moment of the trip. Deanna and I are in the process of changing once again and we are really beginning to … Continue reading Changing times

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Aroma: Roastiness. Dark Chocolate, to the point of reminding you of really good hot chocolate or chocolate milk. Appearance: Very dark, almost black. Tan head with very little to no head retention. Taste: Roasty and strong chocolate flavor. Reminds me of drinking chocolate milk, but with a really nice bitter, dark chocolate. Low alcohol and sweet. Mouth Feel: Creamy! Good carbonation, maybe a little higher than I would have expected for a stout, but it really helps to balance the creaminess of the swee stout. Overall: This is probably the best sweet stout I have ever had. This is not a beer you would … Continue reading Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Joe’s Ancient Orange

I was looking for a quick, or “short”, mead that I could put together real quick and hopefully be drinking within 5 or 6 weeks. I came across this recipe in my research, and decided to give it a try. 1 gallon batch 3 1/2 lbs Clover or your choice honey or blend (will finish sweet) 1 Large orange (later cut in eights or smaller rind and all) 1 small handful of raisins (25 if you count but more or less ok) 1 stick of cinnamon 1 whole clove ( or 2 if you like – these are potent critters) … Continue reading Joe’s Ancient Orange

Founders Breakfast Stout

I have been extremely excited to give this beer a try.  I’ve heard quite a bit about it as I was researching stouts — preparing to brew my own a few weeks ago.  The Founders Breakfast Stout is considered one of the best of its style.  According to their website, this beer is the coffee lover’s consummate beer. Aroma: Stout roast, coffee, and chocolate. some alcohol — but subtle.  I expect some for an 8.5 percent beer. Appearance: Black with a brownish/cinnamon head.  The head was decent when first poured, but I did have to pour aggressively to get it.  It laced … Continue reading Founders Breakfast Stout

Kraut was a bust.

The homemade sauerkraut I was making for the brew club meeting was a bust. I believe I didn’t put quite enough salt in and the cabbage just wilted before forming a good brine.  While out today, I went ahead and picked up some kraut examples from Germany, via World Market. I went ahead and grabbed a nice Oktoberfest beer for the brew club meeting as well.  

Sam Adams Harvest Pupkin Ale

I found this in a build your own 6-pack at Whole Foods. Aroma: Spice, spice, spice. Appearance: Clear brown, perfect to style. Little to no head. No head retention. Taste: You get the spices right away and they dominate, but they are well balanced with the malt of the beer. Taste like drinking pumpkin pie. Finishes with a slight tartness, that is refreshing after the malt and spice. No hop character, no alcohol perception. Overall: Hello fall! I’ll be drinking a few of these as the season progresses.