Alex and I started home brewing as a way to have a hobby we could do together. It was also a nice way to experiment with styles of beer we like. I believe there is a definite theme in the brews we make.
Our first beer was a black IPA. We ended up naming it Nada Black IPA, after my dog Nada, a rottweiler mix. I think the brew suited her personality as much as it did her coat color. It was very rich, mellow, and smooth. The hoppiness was apparent but didn’t wave it in your face. Even some of my non-IPA-liking friends enjoyed this beer. I think when we make this one again I’d like to play with the hop profile.
Ozzie’s Double IPA, named for Alex’s late cat Oswalt, is my favorite beer we’ve made so far. It was crisp and full of flavor. I love how the hops stand out so you can hear them sing… and yes hops sing. If it wasn’t for the fact that its over 8% abv I could drink it all night.
The next of our IPA series is the Duke’s Somethings A-RYE IPA. Before you ask, Duke is a fictional dog from the board game Arkham Horror. I had fallen in love with rye beers and wanted to try one for my own. This beer definitely satisfies my rye cravings. I loved brewing this beer, the whole house smelled of rye for a couple days. It ended up a bit over carbonated and the hop profile wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it. This brew is going to be repeated at some point in the future.
If you haven’t noticed the pattern yet, we love our animals. We also love IPAs. But as it stood we only had the two pets to name the beers after. So we had to start getting creative with the naming.
My brother (kinda) commissioned us to make a beer for him. Him and I went through his preferred types of brews and we decided that an Alt beer would be appropriate. I don’t want to say it was a complete disaster, but I felt embarrassed giving this beer to anyone. After the bottle conditioning period it was still too sweet, under-carbonated, the color too dark and the mouthfeel too heavy. I’m lucky I have an understanding brother that’s pretty much willing to drink any beer under the sun. Needless to say Alex and I deemed it appropriate to re-do that beer almost immediately. The grain bill got an overhaul to lighten it up and the yeast got special treatment.
The 2nd Alt beer is one of the beers that we decided to give as part of our wedding favors, we named it Standing at the Alt-Beer. Of course I like to give people choices so Alex and I agreed that besides an Alt people would be able to palate a Belgian style beer. Our Something Blue Belgian was born. We were only able to taste a few of them, needing the majority for the wedding, but the ones we were able to taste were very worthy to be given as gifts. I am very excited that my friends and family will be able to try our creations and I hope they enjoy them as much as we do.