The Good Dr’s Pale Ale
Mar09

The Good Dr’s Pale Ale

Beer moves with the seasons. With spring upon us, you can expect more light-bodied beers with a floral or citrus flavor, like the American pale ale. The APA, a close relative of the IPA, has become a big part of the craft beer scene. Tropical hop characteristics, along with pine aroma and low malt presence make this a flavorful and desirable beer as the weather warms. So clear the fridge of those heavy, boozy beers and make room for...

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HOMEBREW RECIPE: Wanchese Marsh Mud
Jan12

HOMEBREW RECIPE: Wanchese Marsh Mud

STOUT Historically good alternative to hoppy “…The profits and pleasures of stout British beer” From an English drinking song, 1757 Guinness Draught was, for many of us, an introduction to stout and imported beer. A rich, creamy, dark and malty beer that was flavorful and easy to drink. At the time it was considered exotic to our American taste buds. Times have changed, but Stouts continue to be an important beer to drinkers and...

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Blueberry Cider
Sep14

Blueberry Cider

HARD CIDER: Cider has seen a revival over the past 20 years as orchards have turned to cider – or hard cider as it is known in the U.S. – to improve their profitability. Cider is made from apples pressed into an unfiltered liquid and fermented. This refreshing drink has been around since at least 55 BC. Though nowhere near the production levels it reached in the early 1800s, cider now makes up a sizable part of the industry. Makers...

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Cherry Chocolate Mead
Jul14

Cherry Chocolate Mead

Cherry Chocolate Mead A Sweet Mead By Norm Strimel and Rob Stewart O.G. 1.138: S.G. 1.013: ABV 16.4% • 24 lbs of local blackberry honey • 4 lbs of dark sweet cherries (crushed & pressed) • 1 cup cocoa powder • Wyeast – Extreme Ferment (Wyeast 4347) • 4 teaspoons Super Ferment Dissolve honey in 5 gallons of water. Add cocoa, bring to a simmer (not boil) and stir often to create “must.” Add to primary fermenter. Crush and press...

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Only a Hobo IPA
May12

Only a Hobo IPA

By Paul Lawson American IPAs are the stars of the craft beer boom. Those hoppy, bitter beers are the staple of most craft breweries. IPAs have a low malt flavor and a prominent hop aroma of citrus, pine, floral and other fruit-like characteristics. When drinking one, you should experience lingering bitterness, but nothing harsh or long-lasting. Besides sanitation, the most important factor in brewing an American IPA is monitoring and...

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