Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Next Local Brewhaha? My house!

We have this little saying in our house: "Here we don't drink bitch beer, we have bitches that drink beer."  Yup, it's sort of a family motto.  So what's more domestic and Bend-like than learning to brew your own beer?

So, that's exactly what I did.  The funny part about the whole thing is the fact that the beer kit was actually given to my husband as a gift, but for those of you who read my blog, my husband orders drinks with umbrellas, not beer.

I however love beer:  Porter, Stout, Amber (LOL..appropriately named), Oktoberfest, Hefeweizen, Blonde...just about anything that's not a Pale Ale or IPA (of which, only Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale is acceptable).

So, I gathered together my barrel, some cleaners, mix, yeast, and, three weeks later, BEER!  I chose the Golden Ale.  I have to tell you, I was a bit nervous about this batch.  When I barrel tasted it two weeks in, it tasted a little watered down.  But after the carbonation process, it was in fact, DELICIOUS!  Sort of Cascade Lakes Blonde Bombshell meets Bud Select

So, if you've ever wanted to try to make your own beer, I recommend it.  In fact, I'm thinking about growing my own hops this year!

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