US Beer Road Trip

The Man and I like to road trip, and often jump at a chance to head out and explore. It took no coaxing at all to get The Man (who doesn’t drink) to drive me around New York and Vermont collecting beer. First stop after crossing the border was to hit Paula’s Donuts in Tonawanda just off the I-90. Not beer related, but delicious nonetheless. We set up the next instalment of Stephen King’s Dark Tower audiobook series, The Wolves of the Calla, and meandered through the Adirondacks, listening, chatting and generally goofing off until we realized that Ommegang, our first stop, …

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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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Take the Black

I admit it; I am addicted to Game of Thrones. It first came to my attention just before Dance With Dragons came out in 2011, and I spent a summer inhaling all five books. I had been waiting with great anticipation for Season 4 of GoT to start. I couldn’t watch it on Sunday when it premiered (no cable) and stayed away from social media spoilers until I could settle in on Monday with an appropriate beverage to take it in. The Show (Warning: spoilers) The Red Wedding is over, and the Starks are either dead or scattered. I tend …

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