My Big Debut – Beer Club #1

Hosting Beer Club

Hosting beer club at the Buffalo Wing Factory – Photo taken by Mitch Witte

Last Friday, February 22nd, was my big debut as a craft beer professional. Well, almost professional. Getting paid in beer is close enough. My buddy got me a gig hosting a craft beer tasting at a local restaurant, the Buffalo Wing Factory. I represented five beers all from different breweries.

  1. Lost Rhino Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner
  2. Williamsburg Alewerks Washington’s Porter
  3. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  4. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
  5. Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout

The Rhino Chasers Bohemian Pilsner by Lost Rhino in Ashburn, Virginia was our first beer. I explained a bit about the history of the Pilsner and cold-fermented lagers. This was paired with an avocado salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, sweet onions and lime juice. Continue reading

Short Notes: Tasting Beer Chapter Three

Tasting Beer Cover

Brewing and the Vocabulary of Beer Flavor

As my studying to become a beer expert continues, here are the main points I took from Chapter Three of Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink.

Chapter Three – Brewing and the Vocabulary of Beer Flavor

  • The difference between wine and beer is that wine mostly depends on nature to do the work while beer rests on man to assemble and nurture it
  • The ions in water effect brewing
  • Harder water is wanted for pale ales and softer water for pilsners
  • Enzymes in barley make brewing possible because they reduce the energy needed in the chemical reaction
  • Protein is a major difference between two-row and six-row barley
  • Most beers that aren’t Bud, Miller or Coors are brewed with two-row barley Continue reading