Most evenings before dinner I sit outside with a beer and throw the ball for the dog. I could drink Pivo Pils every time. It is that good. 

Most evenings before dinner I sit outside with a beer and throw the ball for the dog. I could drink Pivo Pils every time. It is that good. 

The coming days look like sit inside with a beer sort of weather. 

The coming days look like sit inside with a beer sort of weather. 

Sometimes I upload pictures, save them as drafts, and forget about them for months. This is one of those times. 

Long day of building a bridge. Hand tools, hard work, and a beer (or two).

Long day of building a bridge. Hand tools, hard work, and a beer (or two).

The funkiest of the funky. Sampling a Saison spiked with ECY Brett Brux. Wow. 

The funkiest of the funky. Sampling a Saison spiked with ECY Brett Brux. Wow. 

is it tart?

To call it tart would be an understatement. The base beer is extremely lactic. The blackberry addition actually helped this blend find a nice balance. It finishes ever so slightly sweet, which is something I am usually not a fan of in my sours. When fruited sours get cloying I am out. In this case though it is still sour, but the little bit of sweetness at the end and blackberry complexity really improve the beer. 

Blackberry Flanders Red. This just keeps improving with age. Best sour I have brewed yet. 

Blackberry Flanders Red. This just keeps improving with age. Best sour I have brewed yet. 

tillhumanvoiceswakeus-andwedrown:

STOUT GIVEAWAY!!!!
Hey guys! I’m going to be giving away THREE STOUTS to one lucky person who Likes and Reblogs this post!
I’m giving away the following:
Black Note Stout from Bell’sMexican Cake from Westbrook2010 vintage World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head
I will be drawing a user randomly who Likes and Reblogs this post by 12:00am (Midnight) EST Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (You may enter until 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2014). 
There are TWO RULES: 
To enter, you MUST reside in the continental United States. I will not ship elsewhere, sorry!
You MUST be 21 years or older to enter. I will require a photo of your face with you holding your VALID drivers license, state issued ID, or passport upon winning. You may black out all information except photo, name, expiration date, and birth date. I’m trying to keep this legit. 
If you’re over 21, live in the continental US, and are interested in winning some awesome stouts, go ahead and Like and Reblog this post!
I will announce the winner at 12:00pm EST Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If you win, I will PM you to get your age verification and shipping information! 
THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE WINNER DRAWN COMPLETELY RANDOMLY. GOOD LUCK!

tillhumanvoiceswakeus-andwedrown:

STOUT GIVEAWAY!!!!

Hey guys! I’m going to be giving away THREE STOUTS to one lucky person who Likes and Reblogs this post!

I’m giving away the following:

Black Note Stout from Bell’s
Mexican Cake from Westbrook
2010 vintage World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head

I will be drawing a user randomly who Likes and Reblogs this post by 12:00am (Midnight) EST Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (You may enter until 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2014). 

There are TWO RULES: 

To enter, you MUST reside in the continental United States. I will not ship elsewhere, sorry!

You MUST be 21 years or older to enter. I will require a photo of your face with you holding your VALID drivers license, state issued ID, or passport upon winning. You may black out all information except photo, name, expiration date, and birth date. I’m trying to keep this legit. 

If you’re over 21, live in the continental US, and are interested in winning some awesome stouts, go ahead and Like and Reblog this post!

I will announce the winner at 12:00pm EST Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If you win, I will PM you to get your age verification and shipping information! 

THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE WINNER DRAWN COMPLETELY RANDOMLY. GOOD LUCK!

It is highly beneficial to have a friend who owns an excellent coffee shop when brewing a coffee beer. I brought a sample in today of the finished “blank slate” sweet stout which we will be blending with cold brewed coffee in the coming week or so.

It is highly beneficial to have a friend who owns an excellent coffee shop when brewing a coffee beer. I brought a sample in today of the finished “blank slate” sweet stout which we will be blending with cold brewed coffee in the coming week or so.

Obligatory picture after climbing to the top of Badger “Mountain”. Workin off all that beer. Columbia River to the left. Home somewhere in the middle. Middle of nowhere to the right, AKA Southeast Washington, Northeast Oregon. 

Obligatory picture after climbing to the top of Badger “Mountain”. Workin off all that beer. Columbia River to the left. Home somewhere in the middle. Middle of nowhere to the right, AKA Southeast Washington, Northeast Oregon. 

Crappy photo, excellent beer. 

Crappy photo, excellent beer. 

Almanac Extra Pale Ale. 

I have a significant amount of backlogged photos. That of course means I remember very little specifics about this beer, other then I greatly enjoyed it. 

Hops are just starting to take off. Weather reaching about 90 this last week sure helped.

Hops are just starting to take off. Weather reaching about 90 this last week sure helped.

I am impatient waiting for this beer to be done lagering. While she is impatient with me taking pictures of my damn beer and not throwing her the ball.

I am impatient waiting for this beer to be done lagering. While she is impatient with me taking pictures of my damn beer and not throwing her the ball.

German Pils

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I believe lagers are given a bad rap in the current craft beer movement. While I have always felt all beers have a place and time, grouping a good German lager into the same category as all the fizzy yellow American macro lagers is just wrong. Albeit I must admit I still have no problem sitting out in the sun, and throwing back a few of these fizzy yellow American macro lagers with friends. Every beer has a place and time. In the last few years I have tried to brew more lagers, and this year I continue that trend. The first in this years series is a “hoppy” German Pils. This beer was inspired (once again) from a beer from Firestone Walker. Pivo Pils. Refreshing. Hoppy. Crisp. Here is my interpretation. Enjoy. 

Poppin’ Pils (6 gallon batch)

OG: 1.046 FG: 1.010 ABV: 4.63% SRM: 3.3 IBU: 37.3

Grist

100% Pilsner (Weyermann)

mash at 151F for 60 minutes

Hops

60 min Magnum, 25 IBU

45 min Mt. Hood 9.7 IBU

10 min Crystal 2.1 IBU

1 min Mt. Hood .5 IBU

0 min Crystal -

Dry Hop 1oz Crystal*

*Skipped the dry hop, hops didn’t seem fresh enough.

Yeast

White Labs 830 German Lager

Schedule

Pitch at 48F, Let rise to 50F for ferm.

Hold at 50F for 4 days.

Slowly raise temp to 59F over 10 days

Crash cool to 35F on day 14.

Keg and lager for 1.5 months*

Brew Day Jams- First song

Two Gallants - Despite What You’ve Been Told

*sample throughout since you lack self control

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Review (I am awful at describing what I taste)

Crystal clear straw color, with a slight gold hew. Fluffy white head that fades after a minute or two and reforms after each sip. Sweet Pils malt and a very bright floral, herbal hop aroma. Clean crisp flavor, light grainy backdrop. A best described mellow but apparent bitterness, or even just a smooth bitterness which fits the beer perfect. Similar to the aroma, a bright floral/spicy/herbal flavor and bitterness that is in the forefront of the beer but does not hide the other aspects of the beer. Carbonation that tickles the tongue and slight sweetness in the finish. Refreshing. Crisp but not thin mouthfeel. Overall I am very happy with this beer. I was struggling to find the perfect picture to show its clarity and true color but the one above is pretty good. 

Changes

I don’t have many complaints about this beer, but no beer will ever be perfect. I might do first wort hopping of the magnum hops next time, as well as bump up the IBU’s a few, maybe just over 40. The hops paired with this beer were great, but next time make sure I have good fresh hops to dry hop with. I think that would give this beer the extra aroma boost which would be fantastic. Also the head retention wasn’t as good as it could be. This is probably the best beer I have brewed in at least the last year. Hope to brew this again soon.