SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

In the past, I’ve written about the flavor and scent of beer: what the bitter principles are, what off flavors are, or even what will make your beer smell bad.  Something that hasn’t yet come up is the color.  Most beers are some shade of yellow/brown, with tints of other colors occasionally coming in – […]

GOOD FOR WHAT ALES YOU

“Well, you see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it’s the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and […]

SKUNKED

Have you ever taken that first sip of a beer and had to put the bottle down because it was skunked? You liar. You drank it anyway, didn’t you. In between some of the poop jokes on the very exclusive Aleheads email list someone mentioned skunked beer, and it got me thinking as it’s something […]

A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

As part of my interest in the science of brewing, I thought it might be interesting to write a little bit about sugar and the role it plays in beer.  Beer is composed of roughly four or five ingredients:  malted grain, hops, yeast, water, and occasionally an adjunct (spices, fruit extract, etc.) that adds some […]

CALL FOR THE CAVALRY

This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Cavalry Brewing in Oxford Connecticut.  Cavalry is owned and operated by Mike McCreary, a veteran and victim of the Great Recession of 2008-10.  When Mike’s company downsized a couple years ago, he took the opportunity to travel to England and learn how to make beer.  The result […]

TASTE THE RAINBOW II

See here for my previous note on flavors and molecules in beer. A recent post about tasting notes from Brother Barley has really got me thinking.  I’ve always felt humbled by the descriptive terms the other Aleheads in tasting notes, and felt that my own palate (or perhaps my nose) isn’t really up to snuff, […]

THAT TIME OF THE MONTH

Hi again Aleheads – it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post:  it has been a busy fall and winter for the Professor. I’ve been buried in a  job search that has been dragging on for many months and culminated in a huge amount of travel all over the country – including […]