A Nice Cuppa Cascade – The Benefits of Hop Tea

  NOTE: While the point of this post is showing some cool things that hop tea helps out with, it should be stated that if your symptoms are REALLY bad and you’re in a lot of pain, a doctor would be better. Really.  So, this might come as a complete shock to people who know me well, but…well…every…

Will It Grow? Part 1: In To The Ground, My Sweet

So one of the advantages of no longer being in the office (and there aren’t TOO many, but that’s for my non-existent therapist, not you) is that I have time for some personal projects in between errands and freelance work. One personal project is my garden. I have a raised bed in the backyard which…

CURRENTLY DRINKING: Baldwin FishEye-PA

So most people on here know what I think of Toronto-based Kensington Brewing Co.’s Augusta Ale (hint: I really like it). So it doesn’t come as much of a shock to learn that I was pretty excited to hear about the release of their newest release, an IPA called Baldwin FishEye-PA. I was disappointed that…

ADVENTURE! (In Homebrewing) 2: Rise of Audacity

So remember nearly a month ago when I alluded to some Adventure happening in the hiz-ouse?  Well, after steeping, boiling, mixing, having a problem with some of my equipment, nearly having a few heart attacks and fermenting for four weeks in my ninja fermenter (seen above), it is finally BOTTLING DAY! This involved moving the beer…

ADVENTURE! (in homebrewing)

So here’s my plan for tonight… That’s right, for the first time ever I’ll be brewing a beer from scratch.  I’m a bit nervous as I’ve only used kits before and this will be my first time running around and steeping the grains and hopping schedules and such. The recipe is simple enough, but with…

FIELD TRIP: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON)

A couple of weeks ago the family and I were on our way to a wedding in Barrie, ON.  There had been talk of either before or after the bride and groom kissed that we’d get to visit and perhaps go on the tour of one of my favorite Ontario breweries the Flying Monkeys Craft…

Wish List: Abstrakt Beer

My friend and fellow beer/metal enthusiast Alastair messaged me to tell me his brew plans for Friday night and linked me to this little beauty: That’s right.  It’s a Belgian Imperial Stout aged on toasted coconut and cacao.  Created by the bloody GENIUSES at BrewDog as part of a concept series they are putting out in…

Judging a Beer By Its Label (part 1 of 2)

It’s a very risky game.  Sometimes it pays off brilliantly, other times…you end up spitting out the beer and pouring it down the sink.  But picking a beer just by the label design alone can be a really fun way to discover new types of beers and learn more about your own personal tastes.  Plus…

CURRENTLY DRINKING – April 27, 2011

Where I talk about the beers that I am currently drinking tonight and attempt to review them.  The kind of fun bit is that I’m actually drinking the beer as I’m reviewing it. BLACK CREEK PALE ALE – Black Creek Historical Brewery (Toronto, Canada) – 5% ABV I’ve actually been looking forward to this one since I…

CURRENTLY DRINKING – April 21, 2011

Where I talk about the beers that I am currently drinking tonight and attempt to review them.  The kind of fun bit is that I’m actually drinking the beer as I’m reviewing it. BITTER & TWISTED – Harviestoun Brewery (Hillfoots Village, Scotland) – 4.2% ABV Actually, a reader suggested this beer.  When I was in…