Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Drastically less grumpy

Worked a hard, focused half day. Came home, kegged Petit Houblon Edition Trois, a.k.a. (Belgian) Plague Pale. Tasted good. Dry hopped with Sterling. Stashed three corked botttles out of what wouldn't fit in the keg. Confirming a previous good ferment and having a happy looking yeast cake (Leuven), I threw together a Belgian Amber Ale, loosely inspired by one I made some years ago. Loosely inspired by M.C. I went for a brisk (in temperature not pace) run to the Utica Zoo and back. Beer is now aerated and getting ready to do its thing. Drinking, courtesy of Katrina and Kier, a Russian River Consecration. Thanks guys! A hauntingly beautiful beer by the way.

Next up, a pizza inspired by Russian River's sometimes wacky line-up. Maybe Pesto-Artichoke-Bacon for starters.



Blogger Trina said...

:) Good reminder for me to go get some of that Consecration again! We drank Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus for Kier's birthday, but have mainly been subsisting on spiked smoothies (the strawberries have started here) and cheapo TJ's oatmeal stout.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Honkymagic said...

That's the thing: focus on the minutes from the perspective of the book you could be writing or the book you could be reading or the run you could be taking and you wonder what the point is. Focus on the minutes from the perspective of the product that you enjoy and the process that (generally) you enjoy and the recipes that you like developing and you've got yourself time that you simply can't regret.

Come up with the best porter you've tasted (a rye porter brewed in November) and you wonder why everyone doesn't brew his own. Come up with five gallons of on-the-verge-of-dumping brown porter (brewed in February) and you wonder why you waste your time with the freaking hobby.

There's nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so, right?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Yeah, Hamlet's got it right on that one...

6:26 PM  

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