A few weeks ago, my Uncle Bill passed away. I was blown away at the amount of people that showed up for his visitation. For over 4 hours, there was a constant line of people coming to show their respect. There was never less than 100 people (probably closer to 150) in line at one time. Bill spent many years as a volunteer firefighter, and was obviously influential for many of his fellow firefighters. At the funeral he had a firefighter escort and tribute. It was one of the most touching ceremonies I've ever seen. Below is my son, Joseph, in front of the Blasen Brigade fire truck that Bill built. Bill's son Chuck is now carrying the torch, so to speak, as a firefighter himself, and can be seen at parades driving this truck around the Dubuque area.
This time I brewed an IPA with pellet Citra and Mosiac hops, and nearly a pound of home grown Nugget hops from the freezer. I also added a large bottle of peach mango juice to the fermentor to enhance the citrus flavors from the hops. This one is still in the fermentor, and will be transferred to a keg soon. It should end up around 7% ABV, and so far, it smells amazing, regardless of what my wife says.
In the last blog, I introduced you to Arson, our Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy. This is him after his first bath, as you can see, he was not impressed. We are still working on potty training, but he sleeps through the night, is getting along with our other dog and our cats, and is fitting into our household nicely. He's extremely smart and loving, and is turning into a really good dog. Now if he'll just stop peeing in the house!
http://surlybrewing.com/beer/abrasive-ale/ The Warrior and Citra hops hit you from the aroma, to the oil, to the tropical taste. This beer is loaded with hops, yet at over 9% ABV is dangerously smooth and easy to drink. I'm 3 for 3 with Surly beers so far, and really need to try more from them. This is a brewery to keep an eye on.
http://www.breckbrew.com/brews/barrel-aged-72-imperial This is a must try beer.
Next time you head to the store, be sure to pick up a beer that you haven't had before. I like to do the 6 pack samplers, than if I really liked something I may go back for a 6 pack of that beer, it's a great way to see what's out there.
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