Adventures in Lambic Land

It’s a Friday afternoon in early April, two days into my Belgian beer holiday.  As I write this I’m sitting in the modern tasting room of Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen, savoring a 2012 vintage bottle of oud geuze and a cheese board.  Sunlight streams through the windows, it seems like the first completely sunny day in... Continue Reading →

Hitting the Trappist Ale Trail Part 2 – Into Wallonia

Belgium is formally divided into three regions, Dutch speaking Flanders in the north, French speaking Wallonia in the south, and bilingual Brussels lying roughly in the middle.  Setting the capital territory aside, the other two regions are separated by more than just language.  Each has its own parliament, political parties, religious preferences, and of course... Continue Reading →

Belgium or Bust

After spending a few enjoyable days in Amsterdam, today I leave the land of tulips and windmills, Rembrandt and van Gogh, Heineken and Grolsch.  My destination, Belgium, has long been at the top of my list of dream travel destinations.  The anticipation is palpable, and for good reason.  In Belgium brewing is elevated to an... Continue Reading →

Craft Beer Hunting in Japan

One of the perks of being an academic is the occasional opportunity to travel to faraway places. If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough you’ll know that I try to take advantage of these opportunities when I can. I’ve got a responsibility to my readers after all.  Earlier posts described my efforts to... Continue Reading →

Land Grant University – Yeast 101

Last night Land Grant Brewing held their first session of what they call Land Grant University, a series of educational sessions on the key ingredients in beer.  The inaugural session was devoted to yeast, future sessions will focus on hops, malts and water.  Attendance was capped at 50 participants and there was a full house... Continue Reading →

Beer Review – Saison Dupont

Saison Dupont is the considered to be the quintessential Saison.  Here I review the standard Saison Dupont (the small bottle in the picture above) followed by a review on a dry hopped variation on the standard offering (the large bottle).  The yeast used to make Saisons is thought to be related to red wine yeast,... Continue Reading →

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