Category Archives: Beer

Brewing Chocolate Porter with Northern Nutwood

It took a while, but Amanda and I finally drank enough of the homebrew that’s been aging in my closet that I have bottling capacity to make another batch. It’s also (hopefully) beyond the warm summer temperatures for San Diego … Continue reading

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Beer Tour of Belgium – Day 4: Gent and Brugge

Morning in Brugge Our fourth day in Belgium began with a delicious continental breakfast at Hotel Salvators. Our kitty-friend decided to drop by our table and beg for food while we scarfed down freshly prepared eggs and (Belgian) waffles. I … Continue reading

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Beer Tour of Belgium – Day 3: Westvleteren and the North Sea

One of the primary objectives of our Belgian beer tour was to experience beers not available in the United States, and Westvleteren is at the top of that list. It is one of the six trappist beers in Belgium, but … Continue reading

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Beer Tour of Belgium – Day 2: Grimbergen and Antwerp

Breakfast in Brussels We started our morning in Brussels by making our way to the first of many Boulangerie & Patisserie restaurants (basically bakeries). They offer a good selection of baked breads, muffins, croissants, and desserts. Many offer coffee drinks … Continue reading

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Beer Tour of Belgium – Day 1: Brussels

Why Belgium? The seeds of the idea were planted many years ago during my first trip to Belgium when I was just 13. My dad was working in La Hulpe near Brussels, and our family had the opportunity to meet … Continue reading

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Lagers of the World: The Final Round

With the results in from my previous lager challenge rounds, the stage was set for the final showdown among the great lagers of the world. At Amanda’s prompting we decided to make it slightly more interesting by throwing in a … Continue reading

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Testing Exotic Woods with Bourbon Whiskey

Soon after my previous post on Homebrewing with Exotic Woods, Amanda and I discussed how we would evaluate the flavor of the various woods we had acquired. It is simply not worth risking a whole batch of beer on an … Continue reading

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