Beer Club: NY, VT & ME edtion

It is a bit surreal to find yourself being applauded for bringing beer to an event. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda liked it, but it was a bit….weird. What did I do to deserve the applause? I brought Heady Topper (aka Beer Unobtainium) and Hill Farmstead Abner to Beer Club. It was a great event. I stand by my initial review of Heady Topper (meh. is it supposed to make my tongue go numb?), and preferred the more complex and slightly softer Abner by Hill Farmstead. A quick informal poll showed that about 30% of the club agreed with …

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Day 91, Beer Club and Beer Advent Calendar Day 2

The stars aligned to give me many beer-y things today. Brewery day I spent the morning in the brewery alternating between bottling and keg-cleaning until some of the boys were done with the mash. The project today was to make some of Alan Brown’s strong Scotch ale, Highland Gale Highland Ale, that won him this year’s Iron Brewer award. Once the first mash was done, it was distributed to the kettles in the pilot system, and a second mash started. We had the chance to take home some of the copious quantities of extra wort, but alas, my extra carboy was …

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