Monday, December 20, 2010

Fat Tire

So, my blogging hasn't been as frequent as I would have liked recently, but this one definitely is worth it. I just brewed up a batch of Fat Tire Ale, one of my favorite beers available in the Midwest, yet disappointingly absent on the East Coast, particularly in backward Montgomery County. The lack of distribution of this beer highlights a problem I frequently encounter - the beer culture in the DC area just stinks. So, I have taken to homebrewing again to fulfill my thirst for great beer.

If you are not familiar with Fat Tire, check it out at the New Belgium brewery Then, if it's not available in your area, head over to Northern Brewer and order yourself this delicious extract kit. It is a fine replica of the original and was dead spot on two years ago when they offered the actual yeast strain directly from the New Belgium brewery. I can't wait to try this one.

Next up, I will be brewing for Spring time, specifically St. Patrick's Day. I just ordered an Irish Red Draught and a Breakfast Stout for our St. Patty's Day celebration.

Life is short. Drink good beer.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Just found out about this great drive to raise awareness around men's health issues. It's called Movember and encourages all men to grow a mustache this month, specifically to help raise awareness and $'s for prostate cancer.

We don't have a long history of prostate cancer in our family, but my dad was diagnosed a couple years back and it was quite scary. The key to his diagnosis and recovery was that he regularly had his prostate checked and kept meticulous records. Remember that you are never too young (or old) to have your prostate checked.

So go out and grow that stache. And Happy Movember.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Let's Make 11/11/11 Nigel Tufnel Day

What a brilliant idea. This is the perfect day to celebrate the lovable lead guitar player who coined the phrase, "these go to eleven" in the movie, This is Spinal Tap. Join this group on Facebook and spread the word.

An anecdote from my own life is that I intended for this to be my senior quote, which was misinterpreted by the Brother in charge of the year book and was translated to "Ours go to heaven". Must have been my British accent.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Been a Long Time

It's been a long time since I last blogged, but today I am going to get back on the horse. I don't have a whole lot to say other than I am going to start doing this more often. :-)

I am one of those folks who fell victim to the common blog malaise that after a certain amount of time, you just kind of fade away. If I'm still blogging more than 6 months from now, you'll know that this time, I've been able to overcome it.