Thursday, May 29, 2008

Homebrew Blogging Day #1 (I remember when I started homebrewing)

Hi All,

First off I would like to thank Adam for starting the Homebrew Blogging day. I think that this is a great idea. I would like to see be a great learning tool to grow in the awesome hobby of home brewing.

This months topic "I remember when I started homebrewing" is a good way to start HB blogging day. I am really interested in reading about how and why everyone started home brewing. For me it was actually a 2 part process. About 5 years ago I found a Mr. Beer kit at a garage sale and I was so excited to try and brew beer. Lets just say it didn't turn out very well and I gave up on it before I really got started. Over the next few years I sort of got away from beer and wine had become my drink of choice. I never really thought I would homebrew again. I was in a wine tasting phase where I just want to try as many wines as I could and beer just fell to the wayside.

Fast forward to Oct. 05 and our trip to Europe (Italy,Germany, and France). I was figuring on tasting some of awesome wines and maybe a few beers in Germany but that is not how it happened. I had re found beer with the first beer I tried in Munich through the last beer I had in Paris. I now wanted to try any and all beers I could get my hands on. So over the next few years I probably have tried a few hundred different beers in many different styles and beer had become my passion. So what could I do to expand and learn more about my passion. Make it myself.

On Jan. 19th 2008, using a really beer kit that I got for Christmas, I made my first beer an all extract Amber Ale. I was so worried when I started that I was going to fail again but it turned out awesome. I had done it I had made my own beer. I was so psyched that I went out and got an IPA kit (this time with specialty grains) and again it turned out great. I was turning in to a home brewer. Since Jan. I have brewed 5 batches and have 2 more in the works. Home brewing has allowed me to learn so much more about beer then I could every really know then by just drinking it. I am learning how different hops taste, how yeast affects beer character, and how to be really meticulous at cleaning and sanitizing. It has opened up a whole new world for me in my passion for beer. Everytime I try a new style of beer I try and think about what is in it and if I can make something like it. I know I will be brewing for a very long time and I can't wait to brew many more batches and learn many more techniques.

See you all next month!!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Portland Birthday Trip

Hi all,

Its been a few days since I posted and I did have one big thing happen. My birthday trip to Portland,OR. My wife took me to the so called craft brew capitol of the US and with a nickname of Beervana I wasn't disappointed. Over the 4 day trip we hit 12 breweries and I must have tasted at least 75 different beers. I will admit my goal this trip was to try as many beers as a I could so I didn't really take tasting notes. I just sampled and said if I liked it or not.

The breweries we visited were:

Deschutes Brewing and Public House
Rogue Distillery and Public House
Bridgeport Brewing Company
Full Sail
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Amnesia
Old New Lampoc
Roots Organic Brewing Company
Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
Clinton Street Brewing
McMenamins Kennedy School Concordia Brewing
Laurelwood Brewing Company

Stay tuned tomorrow for the likes and dislikes!!