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Posted on : 23-01-2011 | By : Nathan | In : General


Home Brew - India Black AleAfter watching a few episodes of a new TV program called “Brewmasters“, my passion for home brewing has been seriously reinvigorated. I have been reading up and even attending the odd brewing class to brush up on my skills. I currently have a batch of Scottish Red Ale in the secondary fermentor, and a batch of India Black Ale in the primary fermentor.

In addition to brewing my own beer (with the help of a few friends) I am getting much more adventurous in trying new craft and micro brewed beers as well. I read Sam Calagione’s book where he explains the basics of tasting, and also pairing of beer with certain foods. Great read, and highly recommended for anyone interested in getting started brewing.

I have to admit that finding Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione’s craft brewery, has given me a new view regarding what “real American beer” actually is. It’s not Anheuser-Busch (now owned by a Belgian company) brewing up urine colored,  tasteless, boring, beers for the masses … It is the small breweries who are pushing the limits of what a beer can actually be. I challenge you to try one of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA’s, Chicory Stout, or Raison D’etre and see if you don’t agree with me.  Your taste buds will certainly thank !

I just might have a little idea “brewing”. About this time I bet you are thinking “oh no, here we go again” … Well, to all the naysayers, you will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned, more on that to come.

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Comments (6)

I love Brewmasters! I was sorry to see it only ran a few episodes, seems they always get rid of the good shows. Let me know when this is ready to drink, I want to try a glass. Make sure to add pumpkin ale to your list of brews to create.



Thanks for checking in ! I will definitely order a kit to make pumpkin ale ASAP. If you want, you can come by and drink a few beers and we can brew it together. There is 1 more Brewmasters episode coming in a few weeks …

Beer Wars… A real eye opener to the underhanded brutish marketing tactics of the big beers as they strong arm their way into your local grocery store. If you don’t see your favorite microbrew then let the store manager — better yet the store corporate heads that be know that if they can’t carry your favorite microbrew then you can purchase overpriced toilet paper and ground chuck someplace else that DOES carry your fav brew brand!

Nate, I like this new “Joyful” addition to your personal blog. Keep fermenting that idea of yours, and hopefully something strong and bold will bubble to the top!


Agreed … After watching Beer Wars, I could not believe how the “system” actually worked. It is a complete monopoly and stifles any growth from smaller players. It is well worth the extra few dollars for me to NEVER have to drink any Anheuser Busch, Miller, and Coors again. My tongue certainly appreciates it ;)

Keep me posted on how your new batch turns out . . . AND YOU READ A BOOK!

It is a sad truth that there is such a monopoly on the beer market in the US. Beer Wars is a eye opener and it will push you to never settle for mediocre beer again. I have enjoyed trying new craft beers and look forward to making our mark in the craft beer world.

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