Sunday, May 30, 2010

Back in the USA

Meg and I are traveling the Pacific NW because she just graduated from her Masters program. She gets one last hurrah before starting a real job. We just spent three days in Vancouver. Vancouver was a beautiful city (see picture of a cloudy day in Vancouver), highlights included seeing grizzly and black bears up on Grouse Mountain, fantastic sushi, Granville Island, and hikes along the waterfront. Unfortunately the beer in Vancouver was pretty mediocre. We tried brews from many local establishments and the only place of note was Yaletown Pub.

Last night we pulled into Seattle and found a proper pint or two at Pike Pub and Brewery (their 'XXXXX Extra Stout' was life changing). It felt good to be back in the US, drinking American beer. We've got a couple of more days in Seattle and then on to Portland.



Thursday, May 20, 2010

You Heard About It

A couple of pictures of the NHC 1st round certificates (Gold, Silver, and Bronze for Old Woodie, Tripel Sunrise, and MarzBock, respectively) and the 1st place ribbon I won for Old Woodie. Onto round two for Old Woodie, the judging occurs June 17th in Minnesota. Fingers are crossed.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

4.0 GPA

Sadly the title of this post is not referring to my grad school marks. I was back in the lab today whipping a new summer brew, mad hopologist style. The HolzBrew 4.0 GPA is a an American Pale of modest strength, but full flavored. Pairing 4-varieties of American hops with ... fresh grapefruit, hence the G.P.A (Grapefruit Pale Ale). Who's excited?

In other news, the Flanders Red Ale has been moved to long term storage and is just starting to develop a slight pellicle. Only 17 months left.