Beer Quotes & Wisdom

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline-it

helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear

weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -- Frank Zappa

Friday, July 23, 2010

Beer around the Web

Just a little wrap up of some interesting things I've found recently about beer on the net.

BrewDog Brewery in Fraserburgh, Scotland is coming out with a 55% ABV beer called End of Time. There will be 11 bottles at $770 to $1000 each. The bottle is going to be inside a squirrel. Not a toy squirrel mind you, an actual been-to-the-taxidermist road kill squirrel.

I know that Apple Computers is kind of tyrannical about some things, but I think they have taken it too far. I found this picture of what is supposedly a motherboard to an Apple computer. If you look towards the center, there is a little sticker that says NO IPA. Why should they be able to tell me what kind of beer to drink or not when I tear apart one of their products?

Last, but not least, I would really like to know how the fine people at St. James Gate were able to climb inside my dreams. How did they know this has been what I've been looking for?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

2010 Indiana Brewer's Cup

Making its third public appearance, the HCHBC traveling bar was once again quite the hit.  In a room full of jockey boxes, we really stood out.  The tower was set up as a self serve, and it seems as though most people served themselves Tom's Belgian Blond from the Half Moon Big Brew.  This one used the Ardenes yeast. 
Both the Bourbon Barrel Stout & the Sweet Stout went over quite well too.
Larry & Jeff did the hauling of the bar and all its acoutrement and with the help of their wives Susie & Jean and a helpful Eric, got things set up in no time at all.  With only one minor spill as the lines were hooked up, everything went smoothly until it was discovered that Larry had forgot to open the check valves on the CO2 lines.  The pours started to get really slow, then kind of stopped all together which is what tipped us off.
Larry made a slide show from all the pictures from past club events and had it playing on a mini laptop at the side of the bar.
As the awards portion of the evening began, we were joined by Cary & his wife Kris and Jon from the Half Moon.  With 20 entries from the HCHB this year, we were either the 3rd (as announced) or 4th as the number of club entries were read off.  MECA, as usual, dominated the evening having entered more than 100 beers.  We broke their string however with a 1st for Larry's Oktoberfest, Marzen Dotes and Dozy Dotes.
The professional catagory kept calling out the same names as well but Jon was there for Kokomo with a bronze for his porter and a silver for the hazelnut.
We were all a bit disappointed at missing out on a ribbon for the bourbon barrel competition.  Having the chance to sample many of the entries, we all felt we should have placed well.  But that was not to be.  After talking to several of the clubs, it appears as though most left their beer in the barrel much longer than we did.  One club even added the bourbon to the beer to really enhance the bourbon prescence.  Ours was much more subtle.
For our third year at the awards dinner, the Howard County Homebrew Club is really making a name for itself.  Even members from MECA are starting to take note.  Brew on!

Friday, July 9, 2010

State Fair Brewer's Cup

Indiana Brewer's Cup prep work from Howard County Home Brew Club on Vimeo.

A few weeks ago I helped out with getting the beer entries for the Brewer's Cup ready. That meant unpacking beer, labeling it, packing it back up. Since I can't seem to resist, I shot some video of the work so that everyone could see all the hard work that went into getting the beer ready for the judges.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Send me to BEER CAMP!!!

So here's the deal. I want to go to camp.... beer camp that is.

it just so happens that Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has a 2 day beer camp for beer lovers at the brewery in Chico, CA. They are holding a contest to pick winners to attend beer camp.

The only thing contestants have to do is enter a creative project explaining why they should be invited to camp. Video, picture, essay-whatever.

For my first beer I brewed recently, I did a time lapse movie. Now at the time I didn't know about the contest, I just did the time lapse because, well... they're fun!

Erik's First Brew from Howard County Home Brew Club on Vimeo.

And now it just so happens that I have a great reason to show off the time lapse. Cause not all camps are created equal. Band camp isn't equal to beer camp. I guess that goes without saying.

Over at Sierra Beer Camp there are all the entries that people have submitted. Find my entry and click the "like" thumbs up. Mine is the one called "Erik's Brew Day"

I don't know how much the votes matter to being selected but it sure can't hurt. And I think I have a pretty cool video also. There is some competition. There are a couple other cool videos, but I hope I can hold my own.

Voting closes July 9th so it's just a couple days left.

The video here is a little longer. I had to keep my entry under two minutes, but I had other stuff I wanted to include. It's tough to get under two minutes.

Please go over to Sierra Nevada and vote tho! Hopefully it's interesting enough you want to help out a fellow member.

I don't even need money! When's the last time you heard that? I mean besides that Nigerian spam email that arrived this morning.

I sure would appreciate it. :)


P.S. Go vote NOW! ;)

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