So I took too much time to get distracted by shiny objects, as is my thing. Trey is WAY ahead of me. But I finally got off my duff, went to Northern Brewer, and ordered myself a kit for pale ale, and the starter kit with TWO plastic carboys. Yes, TWO. I have a soda keg, and I bet I can grab 2 cases worth of bottles in a short time period, so I will be brewing two test batches after receipt of said purchases. Kegerator supplied by my employer (ahem). Heaven help both my coworkers and my husband. Here we GO.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I need some advice. I really want to start brewing. I have been goofing around with *thinking* about it for about a year. A friend of mine said he would do it with me, but my foot dragging pushed his impatience, and he started without me last night. He's doing a Cream Ale, from some sort of starter kit, and brewing straight to a keg. Booo. But it seems to have been the competitive spark I needed to get off my duff and start.
I bought this book, and I ended up getting a little more freaked out after reading, since it suddenly felt a lot more like chemistry class than home ec. I can bake, I should be able to brew, but now I am over thinking it. I am definitely starting from a kit from a local homebrew store, and I am STILL compiling a list of equipment I need. I'm recruiting the husband into the hobby, so I won't be alone.
I would love feedback from all you awesome people out there, you award winners, you serious brewers that I admire so much. Here are my starter questions:
- What are the must have, no messing around, don't bother if you don't own this, equipment that you would recommend?
- For a first timer, what style of brew would YOU recommend starting?
- Should I attempt bottling, or is keg brewing easier? I have access to kegs and a kegerator, so I feasibly could do it, but am afraid of ruining so much beer all at once.
- What are the worst mistakes newbies make, and how can I avoid them?
Available starting today!
250 years ago, brewing excellence and innovation were set in motion when Arthur Guinness signed the 9,000 year lease on the famous St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin. To mark this remarkable anniversary, GUINNESS 250 Anniversary Stout is being made available in the United States on a limited edition basis (approximately six months). This marks the first new stout offering in the U.S. from Guinness since 1966 -- more than 40 years ago -- when Guinness draught was first introduced to Americans.
The commemorative stout is carbonated, not nitrogenated like the traditional GUINNESS Draught. As a result, it has a near-white frothy stout beer head of larger bubble size than that of GUINNESS Draught, and is poured on draught in a one-part pour or gently from a bottle (as opposed to the two-part pour unique to GUINNESS draught). This product has a crisp effervescent taste with a balanced malty, roasted, hop flavor that is enhanced when released with a lively, refreshing and smooth carbonated mouthfeel. A triple hop addition regime provides a hint of bitterness.
O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa in one of two bars in KC that will have this on tap. They will be tapping it this evening. Where else can you find it?
Friday, April 17, 2009
I don't believe the Boulevard Single Wide IPA is very popular at the Global Headquarters of Department Zero. The dry bitterness that I like so much may be to blame, as the less intense Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium was already gone by now. Although to be fair, we had several friends help us polish that off during a First Friday's get together. We're at 2 weeks now, with just a 1/6 barrel keg. So in case anyone was worried, we're all back to our mostly non-alcoholic ways.
We blew the keg last night. Whew.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have been looking for events in the KC area for Craft Beer Week, coming up May 11-17. So far all I have found are the Boulevard events, posted to their FB page. Even BeerAdvocate has let me down. Anyone else have an idea on what else might be going on?
Monday, May 11
Boulevard Smokestack Sampling
O'Dowd's Little Dublin (Plaza location)
Tuesday, May 12
Boulevard Beer Dinner
7 pm $30 per person
Call 816-472-5454 for reservations.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I still really want to go on a beer vacation. I think that would be sweet. Colorado, I haven't scheduled it yet, but I will come see you soon.
I just realized that I don't have a tag created for "craft beer." How can this be? I guess I get to start one, and play a re-tagging old posts game tonight.
Today the Brewer's Association released top 50 lists, in terms of sales volume in 2008.
Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume
(Based on 2008 sales)
|1||Boston Beer Co.||Boston||MA|
|2||Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.||Chico||CA|
|3||New Belgium Brewing Co.||Fort Collins||CO|
|5||Pyramid Breweries Inc.||Seattle||WA|
|7||Matt Brewing Co.||Utica||NY|
|8||Boulevard Brewing Co.||Kansas City||MO|
|9||Full Sail Brewing Co.||Hood River||OR|
|10||Magic Hat Brewing Co.||Burlington||VT|
|11||Alaskan Brewing Co.||Juneau||AK|
|13||Bell's Brewery, Inc.||Galesburg||MI|
|14||Kona Brewing Co.||Kailua-Kona||HI|
|15||Anchor Brewing Co.||San Francisco||CA|
|16||Shipyard Brewing Co.||Portland||ME|
|17||Summit Brewing Co.||Saint Paul||MN|
|18||Stone Brewing Co.||Escondido||CA|
|19||Abita Brewing Co.||Abita Springs||LA|
|20||The Brooklyn Brewery||Brooklyn||NY|
|21||New Glarus Brewing Co.||New Glarus||WI|
|22||Dogfish Head Craft Brewery||Milton||DE|
|23||Long Trail Brewing Co.||Bridgewater Corners||VT|
|24||Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.||San Jose||CA|
|25||Rogue Ales/Oregon Brewing Co.||Newport||OR|
|26||Great Lakes Brewing Co.||Cleveland||OH|
|27||The Lagunitas Brewing Co.||Petaluma||CA|
|28||Firestone Walker Brewing Co.||Paso Robles||CA|
|29||SweetWater Brewing Co.||Atlanta||GA|
|30||Flying Dog Brewing Co.||Frederick||MD|
|31||BJ's Restaurant & Brewery||Huntington Beach||CA|
|32||Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants||Louisville||CO|
|33||BridgePort Brewing Co.||Portland||OR|
|34||Odell Brewing Co.||Fort Collins||CO|
|35||Victory Brewing Co.||Downingtown||PA|
|36||Mac and Jack's Brewery||Redmond||WA|
|37||Big Sky Brewing Co.||Missoula||MT|
|38||Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants||Chattanooga||TN|
|39||Karl Strauss Brewing Co.||San Diego||CA|
|41||Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe||Eureka||CA|
|42||Otter Creek Brewing Co.||Middlebury||VT|
|43||Utah Brewers Cooperative||Salt Lake City||UT|
|44||North Coast Brewing Co.||Fort Bragg||CA|
|45||Blue Point Brewing Co.||Patchogue||NY|
|46||Boulder Beer Co.||Boulder||CO|
|47||Pete's Brewing Co.||San Antonio||TX|
|49||Anderson Valley Brewing Co.||Boonville||CA|
|50||The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc.||St Louis||MO|
Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume
(Based on 2008 sales)
|1||Anheuser-Busch InBev||St. Louis||MO|
|2||MillerCoors Brewing Co.||Chicago||IL|
|3||Pabst Brewing Co.||Woodridge||IL|
|4||Boston Beer Co.||Boston||MA|
|5||D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.||Pottsville||PA|
|6||Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.||Chico||CA|
|7||Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc.||Woodinville||WA|
|8||New Belgium Brewing Co.||Fort Collins||CO|
|9||High Falls Brewing Co.||Rochester||NY|
|11||Pyramid Breweries Inc.||Seattle||WA|
|13||Iron City Brewing Co.||Pittsburgh||PA|
|14||Minhas Craft Brewery||Monroe||WI|
|15||Matt Brewing Co.||Utica||NY|
|16||Boulevard Brewing Co.||Kansas City||MO|
|17||Full Sail Brewing Co.||Hood River||OR|
|18||Magic Hat Brewing Co.||Burlington||VT|
|19||Alaskan Brewing Co.||Juneau||AK|
|21||Bell's Brewery, Inc.||Galesburg||MI|
|22||Goose Island Beer Co.||Chicago||IL|
|23||Kona Brewery LLC||Kailua-Kona||HI|
|24||Anchor Brewing Co.||San Francisco||CA|
|25||August Schell Brewing Co.||New Ulm||MN|
|27||Summit Brewing Co.||Saint Paul||MN|
|28||Stone Brewing Co.||Escondido||CA|
|29||Mendocino Brewing Co.||Ukiah||CA|
|30||Abita Brewing Co., L.L.C.||Abita Springs||LA|
|31||The Brooklyn Brewery||Brooklyn||NY|
|32||New Glarus Brewing Co.||New Glarus||WI|
|33||Dogfish Head Craft Brewery||Milton||DE|
|34||Long Trail Brewing Co.||Bridgewater Corners||VT|
|35||Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.||San Jose||CA|
|36||Rogue Ales/Oregon Brewing Co.||Newport||OR|
|37||Great Lakes Brewing Co.||Cleveland||OH|
|38||The Lagunitas Brewing Co.||Petaluma||CA|
|39||Firestone Walker Brewing Co.||Paso Robles||CA|
|40||SweetWater Brewing Co.||Atlanta||GA|
|41||Flying Dog Brewing Co.||Frederick||MD|
|42||BJ's Restaurant & Brewery||Huntington Beach||CA|
|43||Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants||Louisville||CO|
|44||BridgePort Brewing Co.||Portland||OR|
|45||Odell Brewing Co.||Fort Collins||CO|
|46||Victory Brewing Co.||Downingtown||PA|
|47||Straub Brewery||Saint Marys||PA|
|48||Cold Spring Brewing Co.||Cold Spring||MN|
|49||Mac and Jack's Brewery||Redmond||WA|
|50||Big Sky Brewing Co.||Missoula||MT|
Monday, April 06, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Last Friday we went on our quest to locate a baby keg of good beer for the office. One week later, during a First Friday impromptu get together, we killed that keg. One week. A 1/6 barrel is about 5 gallons, so that's an average of a gallon a day. Considering there are now 9 of us in our office everyday, that's not really surprising. Just shows you the difference between having good beer around, versus a mega keg of Miller Light! This week brings a new beer quest, and the beginnings of a recommended office beer list. Updates to come on a more regular basis.
1.) New Belgium's Mighty Arrow Pale Ale
2.) Sam Adams White Ale**
3.) Boulevard's Single Wide IPA**
**Yes, we got TWO mini-kegs at the same time. Now this should last us at least 2 weeks. We shall see how the Belgian wheat and hoppy IPA score with the crowd!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Bull over at the KCBeerBlog actually caught the Schlitz Gusto teams at Harry's, and Fox News caught up with them at Paddy O'Quigley's. It hit the news that Schlitz was making a comeback last year. Today they are wrapping up their KC tour, and moving on to STL for tomorrow. Bull, you gotta share some pics of the Gusto Girls. They apparently weren't TV friendly?