Hello and happy late new year! As we all enter this new decade, we need to think of what we would like to further learn about our great friend beer. I have personally been putting together some brew years resolutions and am excited to attack them in the new year! But first, a review of how I did last year. Here's my resolutions from 12 months ago (with my comments):
Brew a cider, mead, and barley wine every year at the end of december or beginning of January I didn't get to the cider or mead yet, still looking around for a 3 gallon carboy. And still haven't made the barley wine for this year either. Damn
Brew my first beer of the year all grain! successfully done! Liberation Pale Ale came out great!
Build a kegerator Nope. Sad
Brew AT LEAST twice a month didn't do too bad. I made 15 beers in 2009 even with my crappy 5 month hiatus
READ, READ, READ about your favorite beverage Needs work. I did read a bit, but more is better
Enter numerous completitions I pulled away with 9 ribbons in '09!
Take a beer to the NHC (link) I got 2nd place in the northwest region with my stout!! but, I never got a beer brewed up and kegged that I was proud enough of to take :(
Get as many friends as possible to come the GABF (link) with me HA! I think we had close to 15? with friends from Alaska Hawaii South Dakota all over Colorado and New Mexico
Learn more about beer and food pairing Didn't get to far on this. I'm hoping the Cicerone (link) program comes out with a book sometime this year
Learn more about glassware didn't get anywhere on this one. But got some good new glassware
Remember on brew day beer is not a substitute for food I was able to take this one to heart. Thank goodness :)
And so for this year, I have put together a short list that is pretty much just revised from last year:
Brew a Cider and Mead this year. And get The Penthouse Barley brewed before the end of January
Build a Kegerater.
Continue to read as much as possible about beer
Enter MORE competitions
Brew a few out of the box beers. I really like keeping beer simple, but something wacky could be fun :) and a good learning experience
Take a beer to the NHC (link)
Get MORE friends to come to the GABF (link)
Work to becoming BJCP certified (link). [I've volunteered to judge as an apprentice for the northwest first round judging for the NHC which is in Seattle this year! And also the pudget sound pro am!]
Trying brewing with the little barrel I picked up at the second hand store
And I'm sure there's more. I'll try to just add them on when I think of them.
As for recent beer, Blitzen's Ale was very well received at the homebrew meeting last week, which I'm very very happy about. All the beers that everyone brought were really great too! There was even 2 (that's right 2!) very different very tasty gruits. The last batch of black hole is now all but gone and the Porter is just getting ready to drink. I had one two nights ago and it's FANTASTIC :D I'm really excited because my good friends Morgan and Christy are in the works of opening their own bakery (check it out here!!) and on monday nights they cook for each other and I've been joining them occasionally bringing beer over, so I'm going to take the porter over tonight or maybe next week and see what they think.
The Pudget Sound Pro-Am is right around the corner again! So I need to start thinking about what I'd like to make up to put in there. I think I'll most likely put in The Penthouse '08, and then I'd like to make a belgian pale ale and a german hef. So I better start planning for those.
The plan was to brew the Penthouse Barley Wine yesterday, but a trip I'm taking to Arizona in a few weeks is getting pretty pricey, so I'm trying to save cash for the time being. I am however going to check out a few breweries while I'm there, which I'm very excited about. One is called sonoran and this is the beer pasted all over their website:
19.37% alcohol, whoa. So that's sounds interesting. There's also a brewery called Four Peaks that seemed to have some really really great looking beers. I sent them an e-mail asking if maybe I can have a look around while I'm there, so hopefully that'll come through.
Last night also, a friend invited me out to a party where I met several homebrewers! One of them gave me a beer to take home and try, a burbon vanilla porter i believe, and i'm really excited to try it and also nerd out on beer with some new people!
I suppose that's all for now! And I think it's time for a beer.