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I gave homebrewing a shot and I have to say that I enjoyed every step of the process and I can’t wait to brew again.  I immediately thought about making things easy for me after I brewed the wheat ale, like buying a keg, buying a freezer and making a kegirator to have more than one beer ready to pour, etc, all things that would cost me money and take up space at home I currently don’t have, but it’s in the future plans. When I first tried the beer, I was happy with the body, but felt it needed a little something.  My expectations were high, but after drinking a few and also getting reaction from friends and family, I’m happy with the outcome of the beer.  Using my rating system, I’d give it 2 to 2.5 Beer Caps.  It had good hop flavor for a wheat beer with a good amount of citrus.  I’m planning on brewing it again as it was very low in alcohol; just great for these warm summer days.  My next beer will be an IPA, also from an extract kit, but shortly after the IPA, I’ll brew this one again before the summer is over and maybe get into putting my recipes together.

The brew is ready and I’m sterilizing the bottles.

Ready to get capped.

Five weeks later my Hvnlydlite Wheat Ale is ready, named after my wife.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Oberon & Country French Ribeyes

The end of summer is near but I’m still drinking them beers!

They are doing great things out in Michigan, Bell’s in particular with a wheat summer ale called Oberon. The beer pours a nice hazy orange and it has a wonderful aroma. It has a faint sour smell, citrus notes, and it had a bubbly soap scent; very summer. The ale has a quick fading taste of hops, light fruity notes, and citrus. The citrus is the main character of the beer, but it wasn’t overpowering, it gives way to a refreshing mouthful. This is a clean and crisp summer ale, it would be one I’d recommend you serve to friends that are afraid of beers that actually taste like the ingredients they are brewed with; I’ll guarantee you that they’ll like it.

I’ve paired this beer before with pork chops that were seasoned with herbs de Provance; the beer cut nicely through the fat of the chops and the combination of the herbs and the citrus was a perfect. This time around I paired it with a steak that was seasoned with lavender salt, pepper, thyme, and green onions; I got the same result, it was a perfect pairing with the big piece of ribeye.

I’m sure you are getting used to the food porn pictures, so here they go!

Oberon is the king of fairies, but this Ale is no fairy, it’s good wheat ale worthy of four beer caps.

PS
I’ve added a new section at the top of the page under “CasaMadrigal”, here you will find future posts that will be about food, recipes, and pairings.  Thanks @ExLibris for the suggestion.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in CasaMadrigal

 

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Gumballhead & Pan Seared Lamb Chops

I’ve looked forward to having this beer, or any for that matter from Three Floyds brewery. This is a brewer that doesn’t ship to Kalifornia or Michigan, but since Indiana is just south from my beer bud Steve, he made magic happen and shipped me a couple of these; the one man team from CervezaPlease thanks thee.  I’ll take the time before I get into the beer, to inform Steve that in about a week or so, a small thank you package will be in the mail.

This is my second wheat ale I’ve had, the first being Oberon by Bells, which I mentioned would be next to review but Gumballhead is still fresh in the brain and I don’t have anything prepared for Oberon.  The aroma is of a pine hop, like when you pick up a pine twig in the forest and smell it.  For me, the aroma of wheat was not there, it was all hops, a bit of sweet notes, and a citrus hint.  I served myself the beer to pair it with a lamb dish I had prepared, but after the first sip, I actually thought I tasted bubblegum; I stopped drinking it after that first sip as I thought it wouldn’t go well with the meal. I’m sure tasting bubblegum was all in the name and had a psychological effect on me, but I didn’t want to ruin a nice meal, one that was prepared with strong herbs and feta cheese.  I was done with the meal and guess what happened? The bubble gum flavor was gone!  The beer had a good mouthful of carbonation with a slight bitter taste, fruity sweetness, and a citrus finish.  The dish below would pair well with the Gumball Ale or any Ale of your choice.

Now I force you to look at food porn from my lamb dinner, I’ll follow it a recipe, and I’ll end with my thoughts and rating of the beer.

Pan Seared Lamb Chops with Fresh Mint Salad

Recipe:

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce)

1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

8 lamb chop ribs chops or loins (about 2 lbs) cut 1″ thick

2 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 ts ground black pepper

1 tbs olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

In a bowl combine mint, parsley, feta cheese, and pecans; set aside.

Rub chops with 2 ts olive oil; sprinkle salt & pepper. Cook lamb on a skillet to desired doneness.

To serve, sprinkle chops with mint mixture.

Drizzle additional olive oil and lemon juice over mint mixture.

Serve with your favorite side dish or with salad greens.

This is a good medium bodied summer beer if you have an opportunity to try it don’t pass on it.  Too bad I can’t drive somewhere and pick this beer up as I really enjoyed it.  The beer is good and has a nice balance to it, but I think it’s missing a little something to make it a perfect five caps.  I have one more of these beers in the cellar so I’ll have to have it soon and savor it.  I’ll rate it four beer caps on the new Kalifornia Beer Rating System, KBRS for short.

Throw one back for me – cheers!

PS

Much love and thanks to my baby mama @Hvnlydlite who assisted me with taking pictures while I cut the lamb.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2010 in Beer & Food, Empty Bottles

 

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