Follow the journey
In April of last year I decided I wanted to start a blog that revolved around craft beer. I had all of these ideas of what I would write about but one big feature would be creating "episodes" that would feature the local breweries. I figured everything would happen so smoothly and naturally but boy was I wrong! I underestimated the time and patience needed to create such work but I haven't let it discourage me.
The first week of 2017 is in the books and it's been a time to reflect on all of the beers from last year! Here is a list of my top beers of 2016 according to Untappd! I've compiled two lists..
1) Top Beers I've tried in 2016 that I gave a 5.00 out of 5.00 Untappd Rating
2) Top 10 Beers I've tried in 2016 in order of their Global Untappd Rating
Comment below to let me know which are your favorite beers or ones I should try in 2017!
Last night my girlfriend, her brother, and I started a road trip north to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul) in Minnesota from SWFL. After 12 straight hours in a car we arrived at our halfway point in Nashville, TN! We grabbed some z's for a few hours and are now about to start our brewery tour to MN!
BIG NEWS! The Craft Beer Social now has an Etsy shop! The shop came about when I was looking for a way to label my home brewed beers so I knew what was in each bottle. I looked for reusable labels but most were expensive and I wasn't sure how they would hold up over time. So, I got the bright idea to coat my bottles with a couple layers of chalkboard paint! Not only is the paint reusable but it's also durable. I figured if it worked so well for me that there would be other people interested in these as well so I began setting up this Etsy shop. As I built the shop I decided to add a few more offerings to the store front.
Are you a craft beer geek? Do you like to try new, rare, and/or hard-to-get beer?? Then you need to get on The Beer Exchange! BEX is an online community for trading and buying beer from around the world.
"We believe trading beer adds value to the craft beer community because it enables people to experience beer either too limited or not distributed where they live." -BEX
It's been a little over three months since my last post but it's been for good reasons! I've spent the last few months reworking the design and flow of the website and even got an awesome logo designed! I've got to give a huge thanks to a couple people that have helped me with this process.
This amazing logo was designed by Sarah Hand of SARA[HAND]ESIGN. She is based in Greendale, Wisconsin but her parents are frequent patrons of Momentum Brewhouse, where I work in Florida. Sarah is also a home brewer and self-proclaimed beer snob so when she got wind of my venture she offered to help me with designing my logo! She did a wonderful job and I cannot thank her enough! If you ever need any design work done please go check out SARA[HAND]ESIGN!
I'm entering my first homebrew competition! The Battle of the Brews IPA competition is sponsored by Hurricane Grill & Wings, Brew Story, Momentum Brewhouse, and the Southwest Florida Brew Crafters homebrew club. It will be held on June 11th from 6-9pm at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Coconut Point Mall in Estero, FL. You can click the flyer to the left to get to the official rules, recipe sheet, and entry form!
Oh, and did I mention... the winner gets to brew their beer with the Momentum brewers and then have it on tap there!
It's time to see how my homebrew stands up against other local brewers. Yeah it's nice to hear friends tell you how good they think your beer is but are they being brutally honest? Perhaps. This is my opportunity to get some genuine feedback.
Bottled: Imperial Coffee IPA (a.k.a. C4 IIPA) - Batch #1
Ingredients: (5 gallons)
7lbs 4.0oz Maris Otter Pale Malt
6lb 9.6oz Pale Liquid Extract
2.00 oz Cascade (First Wort Addition)
2.00 oz Centennial (60 min)
1.00 oz Citra (15 min)
1.00 oz Citra (10 min)
1.50 oz Coarse Ground Coffee (Flameout until transfer to fermenter (~15min))
3 pkgs Wyeast Labs #1056 American Ale "Spack Packs"
4 oz Citra (dry hop)
2.50 oz Coarse Ground Coffee (dry hop, 5 days)
Popped open a bottle after 6 days and its got a really smooth coffee/citrus aroma. Has a bitterness that lingers for a while. Still needs about another 4-7 days to bottle condition to reach perfect carbonation level!
As I sit here, drinking the first bottle of my most recent homebrew and reminiscing on the past couple of years, its hard to believe some of the major changes that have occurred in my life. I moved 1,000 miles from home, had a major career change, found the most wonderful girlfriend, and I finally got rid of my first car! But my love for craft beer has not changed, in fact it has grown. I now work part-time at a microbrewery in SWFL, I homebrew any chance I get, and I'm always trying new craft beers.