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2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

Two years running, I’ve made a point of brewing on the summer and winter solstices. Beginning in 2012, I started this tradition by brewing on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, a strong ale/winter warmer of sorts, to ease the coming abyss. Although the apocalypse doesn’t seem to have come, I’ve continued brewing big beers … Continue reading

Falconer’s Flight APA: Tasting Notes

Falconer’s Flight APA: Tasting Notes

One month since brew day, the Falconer’s Flight APA, an American-style pale ale using Falconer’s Flight hop blend, has finished fermentation, kegged, and is tasting nice. This APA came out great, with the late hopping of the Falconer’s Flight really pronounced. A review and recipe below. Cheers and happy brewing! Review Pouring into a tulip … Continue reading

Brew Club Project: Barrel-Aged Saison

Brew Club Project: Barrel-Aged Saison

A few weeks ago, I brewed a French saison, a nice choice for the spring/summertime. However, I won’t be tasting it anytime soon. That’s because it’s souring in a barrel. A barrel in my apartment? Thankfully, no. This brew was part of a collaboration between my homebrew club, the Austin Zealots, and Jester King, a … Continue reading

Passion Fruit American Wheat: Tasting Notes

Passion Fruit American Wheat: Tasting Notes

Six weeks since brew day, the Passion Fruit American Wheat, an American-style wheat beer brewed with passion fruit, is finished and tasting great. It’s very refreshing, and just in time, since 90+ degree weather has hit Texas. A review and recipe below. Cheers, and happy brewing! Review Pouring into a tulip glass, the┬áPassion Fruit American … Continue reading

London-Style Robust Porter: Tasting Notes

London-Style Robust Porter: Tasting Notes

Last Summer, I was on a English-style kick. I brewed a number of English inspired beers: bitters, IPAs and barleywines. Entering the Fall, I wanted to brew a big, full-bodied dark beer and age it in preparation for the looming Winter weather. Thinking English, I brewed up this Robust Porter, and fermented it using the … Continue reading

Falconer’s Flight APA: Brew Day

Falconer’s Flight APA: Brew Day

One of my favorite beer styles is American Pale Ale or APA for short. I like it so much that I have a well-developed house recipe I brew often. When I find a new hop or a hop variety I haven’t used in a homebrew, I like to make single-hopped APAs to find out what … Continue reading

Session Oatmeal Stout: Tasting Notes

Session Oatmeal Stout: Tasting Notes

I’m a big fan of all types of stout, especially around March and springtime. For March 2013, I brewed the Big Oatmeal Stout, an oatmeal stout taken to the limits (of the BJCP style guidelines, of course). At 6% ABV, it was quite a tasty beer, and held up with age. For March 2014, I … Continue reading

Passion Fruit American Wheat: Brew Day

Passion Fruit American Wheat: Brew Day

Recently, I brewed an American style wheat beer. That may sound boring to some, but this beer will soon have an exotic addition: Passion Fruit! What is passion fruit, well? from Wikipedia, it’s the fruit of the passion flower. If you’ve never had passion fruit in some form, it tastes like tropical, fruit-y goodness. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

How Low Can You Go? 2% ABV Session Amber!

How Low Can You Go? 2% ABV Session Amber!

I’ve been on a session-style kick lately. Recently, I brewed a 4% ABV session IPA and a 3% ABV session Oatmeal Stout. With each beer, I pushed the ABV lower, so naturally, I was curious to see how low in ABV I could go while making a beer that was flavorful. Essentially, I wanted to … Continue reading