Brewing Bodacious Beers

Well, not me.  I’ve done very little of the heavy lifting on this project, as it’s more of the guys’ projects.  But the results are pretty tasty!  And one might say that the tasting is the most important part!  I do, at least.

Our friends Kirk and Kari (the ones we stayed with before buying this house) are quite the craft beer fans, and we’ve certainly become more so while hanging out with those two knuckleheads.  Kirk decided to dust off his old brewing set much to James’ excitement and rather quickly they had two brewed and bottled.  We’re up to four kinds of beer now, and a batch of wine.  (Yep!  You can get kits that are basically the wine equivalent of a hamburger helper kit and make it at home! It’s a powder mix.)

So far, this is what we’ve got, in order.

IPA – India Pale Ale  – What is IPA?  Check out The Official Site of IPA Bottled and fully drinkable for quite some time now.

Russian Imperial Stout – What is a Russian Imperial Stout?  Check out the Guide to Beer at Total Wine & More Bottled and taking it’s time in the carbonation process, but it’s getting there.  We’re hopeful.

Belgian Tripel – What is a Belgian Tripel? Check out All About Beer Magazine for their detailed explanation. – Bottled, but we haven’t yet cracked one open to gauge it’s readiness.  Though, there is one in the fridge which we’ll probably tap into tomorrow.

Honey Rye Ale – What is a Honey Rye Ale? This one is fun, and super tasty!  Different in it’s brewing method, check out this great article Brewing With Rye: Tips From The Pros over on Brew Your Own Magazine’s website.  We cracked a test bottle open today, this was our most recent concoction as far as the beers go.  It’s been bottled for a little over a week now and is doing great.  Already fantastically carbonated and the taste is lovely and smooth.  Though, it probably could use just a shade more time to really settle in.

The issue now is finding people to drink it!  It’s too much for just two people!  We’ve had to scrounge up pop-top bottles wherever we can so we don’t have to go buying cases of new ones, and we’ve even gotten donations from a friend of Kirk’s who owns a little craft spot just up the road from us.  So, instead of getting sent to a recycle center, we recycle them!  But with Kirk and Kari off galavanting up north, most of it is just kind of sitting around.  I feel like there might some hosting in our future.  Perhaps a beer tasting or two to get some feedback and move us onto a new style!

We could certainly use that as an excuse to try out some more Sean Brock recipes to go along with the beers!  Those guys do love to cook, and Kari and I love to taste!


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Wife, student, new first time mother. Crafter and creator. Animal enthusiast. I had a miscarriage in March 2011. But we tried again. March, 2012 was the birth of my first child. Off and on I have been dabbling with small business, trying to get it off the ground since, every so often changing direction.

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