Friday, September 26, 2008

Fermentation Friday - Indigenous Brewing Ingredient

Hi All,

Welcome to my post for this months fermentation Friday. This months topic is "What indigenous brewing ingredient have you used or would you like to brew with and what style would that beer be?" I would like to thank Marcus at Final Gravity for hosting this month.

Ok I am not going to lie. I have no idea what to write about so this is going to be a short and sweet post. I have have only lived in Bakersfield,CA for 2.5 years so I am not really up on local ingredients that are unique. I have always wanted to ferment a mead so a few months ago I bought some local orange blossom honey. I still haven't made mead but I will get to it. I am also contemplating going to the apple farms about 45 minutes away an making an apple cider beer or hard cider. This post has got me thinking about asking some locals if there is any special local fruit or spice that would be good in beer. I do live near the desert. Has anyone tried cactus beer?

Thanks again to Marcus for hosting this month. I am looking forward to reading all the replies for some new ideas.

Talk to you next month,

GISBREWMASTER
Matt C.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Beer in Hawaii!!

Hi All,

A few weeks back I went to Hawaii with my wife. I know tough life!! She had to work a little I just had to chill and relax it was really nice. I bet no one can guess what I did while I was there. I'll wait a few why you think about it. ***************************************************** Ok give up!! I'll tell you!! I found some local breweries and a chain beer bar. The 2 local breweries were Sam Choy's and Brew Moon. I really liked Sam Choy's but I wasn't very impressed with Brewmoon. All of Sam Choy's brews (7 in all were very tasty). My personal favorite was the honey lager. It was nice and crisp and smooth. I am not a big fan of the yellow bubbly but this was some good stuff. Brewmoon was ok but nothing spectacular in my opinion. I don't like to really pick on brewers because I know they put alot of effort and work into there beers but I felt these beers tasted a little flat interms of flavor. I feel a lot of them were missing something a little more malt in this one and little more hops in that one. They were all very drinkable but I am always looking for the next great beer and I felt they fell a little short. So if you are ever in Honolulu then I say try both of these breweries. Always go local when its available.

The other place I hit was a chain called the Yardhouse. Let me tell you if you like beer on draft this is the place to go. They must have had a hundred beers on tap. My only complaint is that they have this thing called the 6 pack. It is a pre-picked taster of 6 of there on tap brews. I am a big fan of the taster. I want to taste as many brews as possible. My complaint is I can't pick 6 of my choice. There were numerous I wanted to try but I am not going to by pints of them all. Oh well what are you going to do. By the way the food was really good.

So next time you are in Hawaii try there beers you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,
GISBREWMASTER
Matt C.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Session #19 - German Beer

Hi All,

Welcome to my post for this months Session "German Beer". I would like to thank the Lootcorp 3.0 for hosting this months session. I love this topic. I am going to discuss how Germany and German beer in general got me back on the beer train.

I know I had discussed this before but I have to start out by telling how Germany and German beer got me back into beer. About 3 years ago my wife and I went on our first trip to Europe and we started out in Italy. As most people know Italy is known for there wines and that is what we were into at the time. So as you would expect we drank a lot of wine with dinner and even had a top end wine from Montalcino. It was awesome and it had confirmed that wine was my drink of choice. Then we left Italy and went to Munich and Berlin. I had always liked beer but it was boring compared to the world of wine. At the time I think my craziest beer was Killians. Well in Munich I had tried german beer for the fist time. There was Spaten, Hefeweizens, Bocks, ext. they were really good and very different then anything I had had before. They had flavor and they just weren't bubbley water. I had really like them but we also drank a lot of Rieslings and some gewurztraminer wines and wine still felt more complex and that there was more to them. Then I went to Berlin to this Beer Bar (sorry I don't remeber the the name my wife's friend who was living in Germany took us there) and my whole world opened up. They must have had hundreds of beers from different places in Europe. Some were dark, some were light, some high alcohol, some low alcohol, some fruity, some dry. There was some many different styles that I had never seen before. I had an epiphany beer was going to become my passion. I had to learn more about them and try as many as I could. I went to that beer bar 3 times in my 3 days in Berlin and tried at least 10 different beers. It was awesome!! I have no idea what my favorite was or even what a particualar one tasted like all I remember is that the world of breer was a lot more complex then I had thought. I was going to spend the rest of my life trying new beers from new places and every time I travel I try to hit the local brewery to see what they have to offer. So as you can see German beer has showed me the world in a sence.

In terms of an actually German beer I would say I really enjoy the Spaten Dark. It is a nice dark lager that has a very light smokey/chocolate taste. It is very smooth yet flavorful.

I don't know if German beer per say is may favorite but I can tell you it did open my eyes to "A world of Brews". Thanks again to Lootcorp for hosting this month. I am looking forward to reading how German beer has influenced others.

See you all next month!!

GISBREWMASTER
Matt C.