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Brewing Equipment

Starting Your Homebrew Journey – What Equipment Do I Need?

Congratulations on getting this far in your homebrew journey – the first step. With this post, I want to break down a few options and avenues available for the new homebrewer. I will address three different types of homebrewers that I’ve met along the way – the one and done, the hobbyist, or the semi-pro… Continue reading Starting Your Homebrew Journey – What Equipment Do I Need?

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Brewery Visits

Brewery Visit – Roy Pitz, The Stube

Brewery: Roy Pitz Beer Stube Date of Visit: Saturday, February 18th Address:  140 N Third Street, Chambersburg, PA Beers to Try: Sour Hound sour ale, Farmer's Maple Coffee Stout on nitro, and the Daddy Fat Sacks IPA. Thoughts:  Finally getting around to talking about another stop on the Chambersburg brew tour day.  After leaving GearHouse… Continue reading Brewery Visit – Roy Pitz, The Stube

GearHouse Brewing Co
Brewery Visits

Brewery Visit – GearHouse Brewing Co.

  Brewery: GearHouse Brewing Co. Date of Visit: Saturday, February 18th Address: 253 Grant Street, Chambersburg, PA Beers to Try: GearHouse Porter with Nathan Miller chocolate, the Mad Machinist Double IPA, and ConocoGIN barrel aged brown ale.   Thoughts: Having been gifted with an unseasonably warm weekend in February, my family jumped at the opportunity… Continue reading Brewery Visit – GearHouse Brewing Co.

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Beer for Thought – Vol. 7 – Bell’s HOPSLAM Ale

BREWERY:  Bell's BEER:  HOPSLAM Ale STYLE:  Double IPA ABV:  10.0% Malts:  Not listed - but an overall lighter malt bill with a dash of honey added. Hops:  Hallertau Hersbrucker, Centennial, Glacier, Vanguard, Crystal, and Simcoe (late dry hop addition). ______________________________________________________ FROM THE BREWERY:   "Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle… Continue reading Beer for Thought – Vol. 7 – Bell’s HOPSLAM Ale

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Field Report – #0008 – Bruton – Stone R Belgian Style Golden Ale

Brewery:  Bruton Style:  Belgian Style Golden Ale ABV:  7.5% IBU:  27 Field Report Location:  Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Tasting Notes:  Recently I came across a local beer store that had a handful of beers by Bruton in stock at a reasonable price for a rarer beer (at least for me), so I grabbed a few.… Continue reading Field Report – #0008 – Bruton – Stone R Belgian Style Golden Ale

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Field Report – #0007 – New Belgium – DAYBLAZER

Brewery:  New Belgium Style:  Golden Ale ABV:  4.8% IBU:  13 Field Report Location:  Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Tasting Notes:  Following a trend of the larger national craft brands, Dayblazer is an 'easygoing ale' available in larger-than-typical 15 packs.  Cut from the same mold as Founder's All Day IPA and PC Pils, or Lagunitas 12th… Continue reading Field Report – #0007 – New Belgium – DAYBLAZER

Vintage Codes for Horn Dog
Beer for Thought, Cellar Talk, DUDESTER'S FAVE, General Thoughts

Cellar Talk – Flying Dog Horn Dog Party

As a local to Frederick Maryland, having such a monster brewery like Flying Dog nearby is a real treat.  This was highlighted this week with the Horn Dog 2017 release event.  A couple of us all made sure to get there right at noon, not wanting to miss any of the awesomeness. Upon arrival, we… Continue reading Cellar Talk – Flying Dog Horn Dog Party

2016 Bourbon County Stout
Cellar Talk

Cellar Talk – New Additions!

Since the first batch of Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island was released in 1992, the practice of hoarding saving bottles of rare and unique beers has surely grown.  I've acquired quite a collection over the past few months, and want to begin documenting some of these beers.  I will try to put up a post… Continue reading Cellar Talk – New Additions!

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Field Report #0006 – Uinta Contrail Witbier

Brewery:  Uinta Style:  Witbier ABV:  5.6% IBU:  N/A Field Report Location:  Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Tasting Notes:  A solid witbier from Uinta - this brewery has come a long way recently in my opinion, and has put out a collection of solid beers.  Their Ready, Set, Gose has been an early summer favorite of mine.… Continue reading Field Report #0006 – Uinta Contrail Witbier

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Field Report #0005 – Grolsch Premium Lager

Brewery:  Grolsch Brewing Company Style:  Premium Lager ABV:  5.0% IBU:  N/A Field Report Location:  Maryland Heights Cliff Tasting Notes:  This beer is a traditional Euro-Lager.  Its a fairly bland, straight forward beer that really only should be purchased for the super sweet bottle (that can be reused for homebrewing!). Beer Advocate:  72 (Okay) Untappd: 3.18