- The rhizomes are here!
- Site cleared and soil prepared.
- Web Resources
- Growing Hops Plan
- Day 1: Cascade Rhizomes Planted
- Day 7: Chinook, Willamette & Hallertau Planted
- Day 17: It LIVES!!! - 1.5 inches
- Day 20: Three Days Growth - 3.5 inches
- Day 22: Watch them Grow - 5 inches
- Day 26: 10 inches
- Day 29: 14 inches
- Day 35: 26 inches
- Day 38: 34 inches
- Day 39: 37 Inches
- Day 41: 46 inches
- Giving the hops something to climb!
- Day 45: 67 inches
- Day 48: 75 inches
- Day 49: 80 inches
- Day 54: 90 inches
- Day 57: Timelapse Video
- Day 151: Harvest Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Appearance Adam: deep cherry wood Bryan: substantial head; leaves some serious lacing Smell Adam: smells like a maibock with lager nose, along with sweetness Bryan: pleasant aroma of sweet malt; not significant though Taste Adam: not like all maibocks with bitterness and some alcohol Bryan: definitely a "big beer", alcohol presence for sure; bitterness noticeable in back of mouth Mouthfeel Adam: carbonated and coating Bryan: mild carbonation paired with big malt and medium hop profile gives you a mouthful of treats Drinkability Adam: hey it is good, I think it lives up to its name which is awesome by the way Bryan: yes, this is a good example of a bold American bock (hm, an "imperial", dare I say?!) Seconds? Adam: I didn't put that in my notes, but, I think it is safe to say I would drink Bryan's if he didn't want it Bryan: oh yeah!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Have you tasted this beer? Let us know what you think. As a suggestion, try to keep the review as brief as possible for each of the following: appearance; smell; taste; mouthfeel; and drinkability.
Adam: dark amber orange with thin head of islands
Bryan: solid copper; tinge of orange; lumpy remnants of the head stick around for a while
Adam: home brew, grassy, hops with whisky barrel nose present;
Bryan: citrusy, fresh hops
Adam: whisky malt sweet
Bryan: somewhat bitter (think between a pale ale and IPA)
Bryan: consistent; a bit carbonated, lively throughout
Adam: nothing to stop me
Bryan: a good drinking beer; not complicated
Bryan: just one more would be enough; not interesting enough to drink all night
Mon. 6/5 - One Brewful Night with Lew Bryson @Bricco, Harrisburg, PA (6pm-???; $49)
Tue. 6/6 - 666: The Mark of the Beast vs. The Mark of the Beer @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (all day; pay as you go)
Sat. 6/10 - Beer and Dessert Tasting @Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA (1pm-2:30pm; $30/$35)
Sat. 6/10 - 15th Annual Microfest @Stoudt's, Adamstown, PA (12pm-4pm; 7pm-11pm; $26)
Tue. 6/13 - Belgian Beer Dinner @ Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (7pm-11pm; $60)
Fri. 6/16 - Friday Night Tasting (Harpoon) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (free)
Sat. 6/17 - Harrisburg Brewer's Fest 3 @Downtown Harrisburg, PA (12p & 5pm; $30/$35)
Mon. 6/19 - Meet the Brewers (Yard's) @Bridgid's, Philadelphia, PA (5pm-???; pay as you go)
Sat. 6/24 - 10th Annual Craft Brewer's Festival @USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ (1pm-5pm; $25)
Thu. 6/29 - Beer & Grilled Foods Dinner @General Lafayette Brewery, Lafayette Hill, PA (7pm; $59.95)
Fri. 6/30 - Friday Night Tasting (Troegs) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (free)
Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
For me and probably most people where I grew up Memorial Day meant a picnic, opening the pool and a trip to the cemetery or some other memorial. It is an unofficial start to summer. Here's some info on Memorial Day here in the
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Have you noticed that Bryan is away? Does it seem like there are less well written Brew Pub posts? Not to worry, Bryan will be back from Boston soon. I think he'll have lots to write about too.
Ok, so the hops are in the ground and growing. Here are the other tasks I think I'll need to do during the growing season, 120 days or so.
- Water them moderately with Miracle Grow every day. (Decided not to do that as per Chris. He said it didn't promote good root development)
- Maybe put some short stakes in to start the plants on.
- String the thin steel cable between the posts.
- Drop the stringers from the cable for the hops to grow up.
- Not sure how many I'll need. Probably will be more than one bine (yes, bine) per plant.
- Perhaps prune some of the extra shoots. (wait and see how many grow)
- Train the hops plants on the stringers as they grow.
- Watch them grow. Explain what they are to everybody with such excitement that they wish they never asked ;-)
- Decide on how to dry the hops. (in sun, near humidifier, make a hops drier)
- Harvest when the cones are ready.
- Dry the hops cones.
- Store them (how?)
I'm sure there will be more to add. Hmmm...are you thinking what I'm thinking? This might be time consuming :-) I guess we'll see if the excitement will wear off after the first day...er year. By the way I'm trying to be realistic. There might not be much of a crop this year. Hopefully I'll get enough for a batch of beer. That would make me happy.
See what happened next -> Day 1: Cascade Rhizomes Planted
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Incline Plane Ale - Wow, what an IPA. Maybe a double IPA. This was one of their seasonals and by far the best beer of the night. In fact I brought home a growler of it :-) Steel Worker Stout - An American Stout with an awesome roasted grain profile that isn't too thick and is quite drinkable. South Fork Dam Beer - The more daring of the two lighter looking beers here. Do you like bitter, nutty and dry lagers? This one is for you. (I hope I didn't confuse it with Flood Light in my notes.) Those three stole the show, but, the rest were respectable as well:I was very impressed by the variety, quality and sheer number of beers on tap. I honestly didn't go there expecting anything great. Remember I grew up about twenty-five minutes away and most of my family and friends drank a popular macro beer like I.C. Light. Just for the record, I do drink I.C. Light with my Dad when visiting. Looking back, I guess Rolling Rock or Straub was as close to different as you could get. So, imagine me with a huge smile on my face when the nine samples appeared before my eyes spanning from light yellow to amber to almost black. :-) Our meals were very good if not a little pricey. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Soon Ralph Lovette appeared and introduced himself. He told us of the building's history and of how they decided to get into the brew pub business after visiting the Weeping Radish in North Carolina. We walked through the upstairs to the pub downstairs. Wow! What a great little nook to hang out in. Again steel mill memorabilia surrounded you from the wooden patterns used in making steel molds to accident report blackboards to mill safety signs. There's a sizeable bar here with a huge wall of mug club mugs as a backdrop. Next time I visit I'm hanging out downstairs. We meandered our way around to the brewing room. It was definitely small, but, organized well with the fermenters on a scaffold above the brewing equipment. Adjacent to that room was the cooler where all the kegs were kept. Here's a picture of Ralph and I standing in the brewing room. You know I really enjoyed talking to Ralph. He seemed to have a good perspective on the history of the area and seems to know what he wants to do with this brew pub. Ok time for a wrap up. After the tour I purchased one of their growlers filled with Incline Plane Ale. In the process I met Sharon & Ralph's daughter who happened to be sitting at the upstairs bar. All in all JBC and the Lovette's made an great impression on me. I only wish I lived a little closer. Good food, good beer and a wonderful steel town theme make it a required stop for any beer lover! I'll be stopping every chance I get.Flood Light White Hat Pale Ale Lovett Brothers Irish Red 1889 Amber Stone Bridge Brown Ale Hefly Springs Raspberry Wheat
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I've been to Boston many times before and still have not been to a game at Fenway Park. That may finally change. My (better) beer drinking escapades in Boston began in 1992 at Boston Beer Works near Fenway Park.
So, I may be able to kill a couple of birds with one stone this time. (The Yankees are in town to play the Red Sox at Fenway....oh yeah!) There have also been several other beer joints that I've been to in the past and will try to get to again. Then, there are some new ones that I will attempt to hit this time as well.
Patty and I will head up there on Saturday May 20th and I will be staying through Thursday for work. So, that's something like 5 nights total, including a couple of weekend days.
My questions to all of you are: Take a look at my list below, would you highly recommend or not recommend any that I have listed?; Are there any quality spots that I have missed?; Do any of you live in the Boston area and want to meet up for a barley and hops beverage? (alphabetical listing)
Definites Beer Works/Fenway Brasserie Jo Cambridge Brewing Co. Red Bones The Linwood Grill The Publick House The Good Beer Guide to New England book launch at Harpoon Brewery
Outside Chance Harpoon Tour Mike's Restaurant Penguin Pizza Rudy's Cafe Sam Adams Tour Watch City Brewing Co.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Appearance Adam: persistent carpet of foam, red garnet & amber in color Bryan: dark with deep red hues; slowly fading dense head Smell Adam: delicate sweet belgian malt & yeast Bryan: a bit of roasted malt Taste Adam: delicate, malt, yeast, fruit Bryan: rich, well-rounded Mouthfeel Adam: well carbonated Bryan: bordering on thick; but even throughout with just enough carbonation to enliven the palate Drinkability Adam: extremely, better as it gets warmer...to a point Bryan: it is, but slowly enjoy it Seconds? Adam: yes, no question Bryan: yes, but a few of these at 9% will end your night quicker than you might have expected
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Appearance Adam: apricot, large head with large bubbles Bryan: brass-like color with looser head dissipating quickly to a thin layer Smell Adam: yeasty apricot Bryan: fruitiness similar to a German hefeweizen Taste Adam: incredible, fruity & spicy Bryan: my allergies are killing me; I get some bitterness and alcohol; not much identifiable flavor (but I think that I'm a bit handicapped by my allergies at the moment) Mouthfeel Adam: very bubbly Bryan: medium-bodied; smooth; low carbonation Drinkability Adam: less than the red & blue, slight sour aftertaste Bryan: it is Seconds? Adam: probably Bryan: yes