Friday, January 4, 2008

Inspiration at the Get-Go

I had to get myself a beer related gift this year. A $5 gift certificate, helped pay for a fun and inspiring beer book called Microbrewed Adventures, by Charlie Papazian. It has a similar motivational effect as Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher. I enjoy reading about these start-up and success stories, and the recipes look fantastic.

I especially like what Peter Bouckaert (New Belgium Brewing Company) said to Charlie about the use of herbs, spices and fruit. He said, "It all depends on the chemical nature of the flavor and character you are trying to finally end up with in your beer." He goes on to talk about how each herb, spice and fruit have different reactions (chemical decompositions), "but at each stage, the flavor & aroma effect can be either increased or decrease dramatically."

At the start of the year, I'm anticipating a great year of brewing. I'm already inspired to make some of the most balanced beers possible. I also want to improve greatly on my herbal explorations. I also find great satisfaction sipping on sour beers, so I've got plans to make the most mouth puckering beer possible.

Two nights ago, Mikey and I went out for our first commercial pints of the year. I introduced him to the Half Acre Lager. I'm quite pleased to hear such a good response from him. He liked how much flavor came from a beer of that color. I'm happy to hear good responses from many others too.

We also had Lagunitas Farmhouse Hop Stupid Ale, which was very bright and floral with solid bittering. And North Coast Old #38 Stout, which was super smooth, toasty, rich and delicious. Inspiring ales to say the least.


Eli said...

Ted, congrats on your 'first brew'!

I also own Microbrewed Adventures and enjoy it very much.

The Bearded Brewer said...

Ted, Microbrewed Adventures is a fun and inspirational book. I'm curious about the Quiona beer he made inspired by his trip to Peru. Last year when I got that book and Extreme Brewing, it really inspired me and changed my brewing. I'm exciting to see where it leads you!

Adam said... I have to take a look at this book. Is this what is called viral marketing ;-)


Travis said...

I was at a tap room the other day and the talk of the place was "hopped stupid" I guess I am going to have to try it!

Ted Danyluk said...

Hey guys,

Hope you are all well, and have lots of fun beers to brew soon. We all find our brewing inspiration in many different experiences, beers and books.

It's been over a month, but I'm brewing again tomorrow. The inspiration for this one comes from a batch brewed a year ago. We had a warm spell here in Chi-town, but after a nice dip tonight, and it's lager time.

The book has been fun so far. And that Hop Stupid Ale is definitely worth your while.

Check y'all later.

Adam said...

Got the book! Can't wait to read more of it. Thanks Ted.