Beer Mission #3: Mission Accomplished

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Photo by Oliver Gray of Literature and Libation

Welcome back for the third installment of Beer Missions!

Let me take a second to thank Oliver Gray from Literature and Libation for capturing this perfect picture (above) for Beer Missions!

If you are just seeing Beer Missions for the first time, a Beer Mission is something you can do when beer maybe gets a little boring. It’s something you can do shake things up and give you new experiences.

Beer Missions #3 was to:

Draw a short comic of how you will or want to enjoy your next beer.

Many people accepted this mission, me included of course.

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Beer Mission #3: Mission Accomplished

Mrs. Short on Beer and I have spent the past week+ doing a bit of upgrading to our kitchen and seating area. Over the weekend and first half of this week we have painted and (with a ton of help from my dad) put up a backsplash. After that the only thing to do is grab the heaviest beer I could find, watch my bracket fall apart and pass out. There’s just a few more touchups to do then I’ll share some before and after pictures.

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TWIB – Dead Presidents, Wedding Drinks and Delicious Beer

This Week in Beer (TWIB) is a feature where I’ll highlight some craft beers I had during this past week mixed with some related (and unrelated) thoughts. Yes, it’s a play on the name of the show This Week in Baseball which I grew up on and loved.

It is wedding season. Still. I attended my second wedding in less than a month (Here’s a recap of the first wedding). This time I went north to Philadelphia. Traveling, especially out of state, gives you a chance to really branch out when it comes to beer choices.

I wandered the streets of Philly and ended up where?

What do I love most about weddings? People from all around gather to celebrate the love of a common family member or friend. Meaning that if you don’t know someone attending the wedding, you have a better chance of getting along with him or her than a random person. I met another bridemaid’s significant other and hit it off with him. We had the whole day to ourselves while our ladies were doing whatever bridemaids do the day of the wedding so we hit the streets of Philly in search of cheesesteaks and beer. Continue reading

Too many beers, not enough time

Everyone’s worried about the “craft beer bubble.” How can the rate of growth be maintained? Are we going to run out of ingredients? You know the usual concerns. My concern isn’t that it’s growing too big, it’s that it’s growing too fast for me to keep up as an outsider looking in!

Let’s face it, if you’re not on the front lines of the craft beer industry you’re always going to be playing catchup — so and so brewed this, this new place is opened last week, did you go to that beer festival over the weekend? My usual responses are, did they? I have to try it!, yeah I heard that (which I didn’t), and no I missed it this year.

I’m going to focus on Maine as an example. Thanks to Carla at TheBeerBabe.com the statistics are readily available.

“The are currently 39 Craft Breweries in ME. There are 18 breweries in planning. 11 breweries have opened since 2011.”

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April Dirty Thirty Day 15 – Southern Tier 2x Stout

Finally caught up! Tonight’s April Dirty Thirty beer is…

Southern Tier 2x Stout

Southern Tier 2x Stout

Southern Tier 2x Stout

Critical Information:

  • 7.5% ABV
  • Double Milk Stout

My Experience:

– POUR

Poured from bottle into mug. Opaque, dark brown color with light brown head.

– SMELL

It has a chocolate malt aroma and also gives off some burn from the alcohol.

– TASTE

Rich chocolate, like drinking chocolate milk. It has a heavy, creamy texture that’s punctuated with a bite of the alcohol.

– FOOD PAIRING

This beer screams dessert. Chocolate cake anyone?
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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