Adding a page to the website

As part of a discussion, I had with my wife around Christmas and New Years, I have decided that it is probably time to slowly begin reducing my substantial beer collection down. I figure I am letting perfectly good beers go to waste and if and when we move, having this down to a single box of 24 instead of nearly 300 when we moved would be a good idea. I will try to keep notes and update the page daily / weekly. Its in the top called “Here’s to Beers”.

Inside look at Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

One of the beers at the NotF that I am interested to try is Cuvee des Fleurs which as the description says is “a Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.” Translated it is a Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including English Lavender, Roman chamomile, Marigold, Dog Rose and hops. It sounds like a very eclectic mix so I figured I would do a little research to figure out what something like this will taste like. I am sure I will be surprised no matter what.

I dug into my brewing references to find info on these herbs. Yes, I have references about brewing with herbs (for those that care, Sacred Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Buhner). Its actually a really good book but I will get into it some other day. It has some interesting comments on using those flowers and I figured I would share some of the notes.

Lavender, a mild nervine and relaxant herb that is useful for depression,  headaches, debility, and exhaustion. Also adds a unique flavor and taste.
Chamomile, a mild sedative with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It also has a fragrant aroma and adds a slight bitterness.
Marigold, the flowers are used for their antibacterial, immune stimulating, and antifungal. Also adds color and taste similar to dandelion.
Dog Rose, an anti-inflammatory and also extremely high in vitamins (C, P, etc). A fragrant wild rose.
Hops, an antiseptic and antibacterial that also has soporific (sleepytime) and diuretic (peetime) properties. Hell, you know what hops are. They are used to add bitterness and can give the beer a mild tannin-like astringency. They are also AWESOME

So basically, drinking this beer will be like drinking an english garden in late spring. It also seems that it will cure what ales you (pun intended).  I will let you know what its like in my NotF drunken recap

Night of the Funk – Belgian Beerfest

Friday night is the official start to the Beer Advocates Belgian Beerfest. Tickets are sold out but if you ever get a chance you really need to check it out. The Friday session is limited to 500 people and features spontaneously fermented, purposely inoculated with wild yeast or bacteria ,and brewed using weird ingredients in the most historically inspired Belgian beer styles. Steve and I went last year and he has been asking me for the last few months if we wanted to head back so I picked up a couple tickets. Some of the beers I am looking forward to trying:

  • Hanssens Cassis by Hanssens Artisanaal (Experimental brew w/ black currants; Version 1-2008; only 10 special cases made; 6.0%)
  • Samuel Adams Charon’s Kriek (Barrel-aged Cherry Beer; 6.0%)
  • Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk (Bretty Brown; 10.0%)
  • Russian River Beatification (Batch #2; 100% spontaneously fermented w/ Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus & other wild yeast & bacteria in old bbls; 5.5%)
  • Russian River Supplication (Batch #3; Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries; 7.0%)
  • Russian River Temptation (Batch #1; 3 years old; Blonde Ale aged in French oak chardonnay bbls with Brettanomyces; 7.25%)
  • Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs (A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.; 8.0%)
  • Hottenroth Berliner Weisse (Traditional Berliner Weisse w/ Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Saccaromyces fermentation. Special barrel aged version; 3.1%)
  • Struise Earthmonk Sour Ale
  • Deschutes The Dissident (Flanders Oud Bruin; 11.0%)
  • Ommegang Biere de Mars (The last 24 bottles in existence from the brewery; 6.5%)

They will be sampling 50+ different funky beers so there will be plenty of options. Its my hope that the Night of Funk is not followed by the bathroom of funk later in the evening.