Day 262

I’m sitting here in the school library (which is blissfully quiet-ish in the summer), trying to do a practice exam for Brewhouse Calculations class. I am able to answer one question of out the fourteen without looking at my notes. This does not bode well for the midterm on Wednesday. Yes, a midterm only three weeks into the semester. We have two compressed courses in the first part of it, which means I have Calculations and Ethics for 6 hours a week each. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling in Calculations (like only answering 7% of the practice exam wasn’t a …

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Shit I did in the last two weeks while I was too crazy/busy/tired to post

I will be so happy when this semester is over, and I no longer have that unshakeable feeling of impending disaster because there are too many balls in the air and surely they will come crashing down any moment. OK, maybe a tad dramatic, but it has been a busy two weeks. They might have been less nutty if I hadn’t taken two weekends away for roller derby tournaments, but I had fun and can’t bring myself to regret them in the slightest. So here goes, my post about catching up. I know I don’t need to because as my …

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Beer Advent Calendar 2014

I finished my advent calendar a little late. Ok, a lot late. Between one thing (illness) and another (food coma courtesy of That Damned Canasian), it went a bit (a long bit) past the 25th. And then I forgot that a blog draft does not equal a blog post. Belatedly, here is what was in my advent calendar, in numerical order: 1. Mikkeller k:rlek: check this post. 2. Mikkeller Black: check this post. 3. Neustadt Springs Big Dog Porter: a gift from a derby friend, it was lovely after the taste bomb that is the Mikkeller Black. The red wine added gave it an interesting …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist

Some people look forward to Christmas or New Year’s. I was looking forward to January 7th – that’s when the second level of the Prud’homme Beer Certification started! This session is held at Steam Whistle brewery for the next 8 weeks, with one session being held at a cooking school. It’s a great location, but remind me next time not to drive and park downtown when there’s a Raptors game on down the street. Parking turned out to be $22. I could have used it to buy something lovely, like more of Mill Street’s Vanilla Porter that I seem to …

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The legend is black

You know what it’s like; I can’t be the only one to have experienced this. I was sitting in front of my computer, checking blogs or news stories, and I clicked a link to a YouTube video. I saw another related video in the sidebar that looks interesting, then another, and next thing I know, I’ve fallen down the YouTube Rabbit Hole. And that’s when I saw this gem: Man, that took me back. Black Label was my brand of beer from the time I started drinking beer at *cough* years old until sometime 1995 when I stopped drinking for …

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