Sunday, May 20, 2012
This brew was a partial mash, over 4 pounds of grain, mixed with 3 pounds of light dry malt extract (DME,) I also had a pound of corn sugar laying around from when I used to bottle, so I added that to the boil as well. That will add an extra percent of alcohol to the finished product as well as allow the yeast to fully attenuate, meaning it should have a crisp, dry finish.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Little did I know, it was Madison Craft Beer Week. What perfect timing! Dale (my brother in-law) had a connection with a local brewery, and got us a short private tour. The House of Brews http://houseofbrewsmadison.com is a small Co-op style brewery. Paige, the owner and brewer, is working very hard, and producing high quality brews. I highly recommend the Bungalow Rye ESB.
We also checked out a cask ale festival, and had 2 very interesting beers there, went to a few local markets/liquor stores, and also hit a local distillery, Old Sugar Distillery. http://www.madisondistillery.com Their rum and ouzo were very tasty. Spending time with family, and enjoying great local brews is my idea of a great weekend.
Above and to the right is the haul of Wisconsin beer that made the trip back to Iowa.
Above and to the left is a Maibock from Capital Brewery.
Below is an IPA from Ale Asylum.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Peace Tree has been around for 3 years or so now, and they make some great beers.
This weekend I'm off to Madison, WI to visit family, and it also happens to be Madison Craft Beer week. I hope to enjoy many local Wisconsin brews while I'm there. Prost!!