Friday, January 1, 2010

Of new years, great beer, and the "R" word.

First beers of 2010: Sierra Nevada Torpedo (last night), and Green Flash West Coast IPA (today). A good start, I'd say. The GFWCIPA (nice initials, huh?) is very nice; substantial bitterness, with a nice pungency to it, and a great floral nose.

I'd like to say I have some major resoultions. In fact, I do. Are they appropriate for this atmoshpere? The only one I can think of is to brew more often. But that started last year, really. So, I'm already on track, right? Time to celebrate.

Maibock scheduled to start as soon as I finish the Winter Ale and get the Porter moved through. Couple months of conditioning, with a nice little yeast strain called WLP-810, San Francisco Lager yeast. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be delicious. A bit of an American take on Maibock, with less Munich malt and more hops than normal.

One last thing: Winemaking sucks. Boring, uninteresting, and the industry is just barely starting to get rid of its snobbery. Do you know how much it sucks to go to school for something you never plan on doing? It blows. Jesus, it blows so much...well, you know.

Cheers, brothers, and maybe sisters, say hi to your mother for me, and happy beering!

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