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October 28, 2018

Recipe & Tasting: Wisconsin Alt Blau (After 4 Years in a Barrel)

I’ve had this mead sitting in my basement since before we moved into our current house four years ago.  I made it as an experiment, in two 5-gallon batches.  The idea being, one would be…

January 7, 2013

Pro Brew: Three Floyds Pride & Joy (Mild Ale)

Okay…I’m just going to say it.  Three Floyds Brewing, of Munster, Indiana, may very well be the best, complete-line brewery in the United States of America.  I’ve had a lot of stuff from a lot…

January 4, 2013

Tasting: Kekse Christmas Cookie Mild

So I’ve had several of these since I bottled them about a month ago.  I just haven’t had a chance to officially sit down and “taste” it. Several guests had one of these at our…

January 3, 2013


Okay, guys.  I know, I’ve been TERRIBLE about updating lately.  But give me a break, it’s been the holidays, and I’m working a lot more lately (one is not related to the other, by the…

December 1, 2012

Pro Brew: Lakefront Brewery Holiday Spice Lager

Well, it’s officially Christmas, which means it’s time for Christmas beer.  I could try to taste them all (and I’m not saying I won’t try), or I can have one that is a LOT of…

November 28, 2012

Recipe: Au Lait! (Cream Coffee Stout)

This is a recipe that came to me from a few angles.  One of which is my wife, who rather enjoys her coffee prepared “au lait” (with milk).  Combined with the fact that we both…

November 23, 2012

Recipe: Kekse (Christmas Cookie Mild) – First Self Made Brew!

Okay, I’ve relied on pre-fab extract kits for long enough.  Okay, yeah, two batches may not seem like a lot, but when you’re as impatient as I am, and am limited by equipment to one…

November 21, 2012

Tasting: Northern Brewer’s Saison de Noël

I’ve been ready to give this one an official tasting for a while now.  I could hardly wait one week for this one to carb up.  But now it’s ready for a proper, fully-carbed tasting,…

November 17, 2012

Pro Brew: Sprecher Oktoberfest

I’ve been saving this one for a full-on tasting.  I’ve had a couple of these already, so I know it’s going to fare very well, but now that I have the time to sit and…

November 16, 2012

Haus Notes: A Calculator Here, A Calculator There…

So, a bit of a surprise for me (being a newbie), though it shouldn’t have been.  My calculations for recipes have been pretty off.  I should have known when my White House Honey Porter recipe kit…