August
1
2008

The Money Pit

It looks innocent
But this house keeps stealing my
precious beer money

Written by Captain Hops

References: Ah, the joys of home ownership. I’ve just replaced/repaired the third major appliance in three months. I would love to be participating in The Session this month, but I’ve got no special bottles of beer sitting around and no way to justify buying some. Don’t you feel sorry for me?
Thing of the Day: The Money Pit (1986)

June
6
2008

The Session: Beer Festivals

Decisions

How to make choices
With so much of a good thing
Laid out before me.

Oregon Brewer’s Festival

With a plastic cup
And a dozen wood tokens
I enter the fray

Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest

Oom Pah Pah echoes
For the kids and the old folks
Young men wait for beer

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Beer Festivals

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Beer Festivals and it is hosted by Geistbear Brewing Blog.

Beer festivals can be fun, they can be overwhelming, and they can be utter chaos. I am a fairweather beer festival goer. I like to attend on nice days, when the beers are plentiful, the lines quick, the food tasty, and the music fun.

Cheers!

Check out the full round-up of Beer Festival posts.

Thing of the Day: Ultimate Beer

April
4
2008

The Session: Beer People

Skar

“Hey! Wake up and drink!”
Abrupt yelling and shaking
Face to face with Skar

Jalapeño

twelve thousand miles
a taste of America
in thirty short days

Garlic

Date with a six pack
Ten thousand miles from home
Wherever that is

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Beer People

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Beer People and it is hosted by Stonch.

I think these three snapshots of my friends, brothers, and drinking buddies stand on their own.

Cheers!

Check out the ongoing round-up of Beer People posts and the final round up at Stonch’s Beer Blog.

Thing of the Day: Ultimate Beer

March
7
2008

The Session: Organic Beer

The Source

To make a great beer
You must start with pure water
Help protect the source

Saving the World

It didn’t take much
To help save the world a bit
I just drank a beer

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Organic Beer

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Organic Beer and it is hosted by Chris O’Brien the Beer Activist.

I tried Wolavers Brown Ale and Samuel Smith’ Organic Ale in the spirit of this assignment. Both are certified organic by the USDA. Both were very good easy-to-drink beers with a great deal of balance and flavor. The prices were comparable to the non-organic beers of the same quality level.

I am very excited for next month when Clipper City Brewing Company releases the first beers from its newly certified Oxford Organic Ales brand. Organic is good, but Organic and Local is better.

Check out the full round up of Organic Beer posts for this Session.

Thing of the Day: Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer And Save the World

February
5
2008

Just Announced: Session #13 Organic Beer

toasting mother earth
pure sustainable brewing
now and tomorrow

Written by Captain Hops.

References: On March 7, 2008, the Beer Activist will kick off year two of The Session by hosting number 13. Perhaps as a nod to the sustainability of this little group writing project, perhaps in reference to recent trends in the craft brew industry, or more likely as a result of his long standing passion and dedication, Chris O’Brien has chosen Organic Beer as the theme for next month’s event.

Coincidentally, Hugh Sisson, the managing partner of Clipper City Brewing, announced that his Oxford brand of beers is going organic. This has obviously been in the works for a while and I am pretty excited to see the results. Hopefully, I will be able to get a hold of these new beers before March 7 so I can profile them for The Session.
Thing of the Day: Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer And Save the World

February
1
2008

The Session: Barleywine

Below Decks

Riding out the storm
Below Decks with my crew mates
Fearing Davy Jones

Old Horizontal

After a couple
I enter a dream-like state
Or maybe passed out

Criminally Bad Elf

Long past Christmas day
I find myself harassed by
Gangs of scofflaw elves

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Barley Wine

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Barleywine or as they are known in the US: Barley Wine Style Ales. This month, the Session is hosted by the Brew Site.

To be honest, barleywines always seemed rather exotic and intimidating to me so I don’t have a lot of experience with them. (Feel free to read that as too expensive for me.) However, this session gave me the excuse and the gumption to finally take the plunge.

I went down to the Wine Source, and picked up Below Decks from Clipper City’s Heavy Seas label (Baltimore), Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company (Pennsylvania), and Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing (England).

All of them were different, but they were all good and they were certainly potent. The Below Decks was the hoppiest of the bunch, but all of them had a strong malt profile, almost fruity.

Barley Wine is beer not wine. It got it’s nomenclature because it is brewed to be as strong as wine. The alcohol content is probably the defining characteristic of this style because the flavor profiles can vary a great deal.

I chose to share my barley wines with friends in wine glasses and found it very pleasant. It was almost startling to see how quickly you could feel the punch so I wouldn’t recommend sitting around downing pints of this stuff.

All in all it was a good experience. I’m not about to put barley wine on my regular list, but they certainly make the grade for special occasions.

Cheers!

Check out the full round-up of barleywine posts, now up at the Brew Site.

Thing of the Day: Ultimate Beer