Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wandering, Translating, and Drinking.......

The posts have been few and far between this summer. Somehow I think it's gotten hotter here in the Desert this year, and it can be tricky to brew when your tap water is pushing 85F! Let alone wanting to deal with standing around a propane burner when its 115F. Luckily I was traveling a lot for work and pleasure this summer AND had managed to stock up on beer during the spring.

Unfortunately I'm running really low on homebrew (well at least on tap!) and I need to get out and brew. In all my wanderings this summer I had a chance to try a myriad of different brewpubs and interesting takes on different styles. All in all it was a good experience and all the different brewpubs I tried really help to get the creative juices flowing again. I cant recall all the names any longer but there were quite a few (Chicago, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Pinedale WY, Salt Lake City, Lihue HI, Flagstaff, Cheyenne, Daytona Beach, Waimea HI, Los Angeles, Layton) . What can I say I'm a sucker for a brewpub!

While I may not have done much brewing, or drinking of my own stuff (yet it all disappeared) I was somewhat busy with brewing related activities. Ive been working on a translation of a brewing text from the late 1700's. Admittedly its going a tad slow. But I'm hoping to step up the translation processes a bit in the next month or two. Its a dissertation on the method of brewing a type of sour beer style that seems to have died out or been absorbed into other styles, however it does have a few very interesting and unique properties. I will give a teaser below, eventually I will offer a full download of the translated text for anyone interested.

I'm hoping to brew up at least one new beer in the next week or so. I will be traveling a bit again in the near future so I'm guessing that lots of beer reviews will be popping up soon (Sauerkraut Gose, Corn K├Âlsch, Dark Table Beer, Smoke Sticke, Kriek, Unblended lambic)


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