“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”– Benjamin Franklin
There is no way to NOT talk about beer, as it is my second most favorite thing! Very, very passionate about beer. No one should fear it, in moderation. As I learned in grad school (~our bone lab did alcohol studies), beer is very good for musculoskeletal health; was consumed for it’s health benefits in ancient times ( = sanitized, liquid bread); and, provided sustenance to monks during lent. The monks of today continue to brew some of the finest beer in the world!
I had always been fond of dark beers, having become intrigued with the complexity of microbrews while doing summer research at Montana State. My interest grew while attending grad school at Oregon State and then living in Colorado. Of course, all three places have some of the finest microbreweries in America! As a researcher by trade and beer lover by night, it only made sense to some day merge the two loves and create our own.
Ohhhhh, let me tell ‘ya….. this is the best hobby ever! Totally worth the time and effort twice a month. It’s like baking bread, but with liquids. I love the patience of waiting, and finally the surprise of what the final product will taste like (a month+ later). It’s both a science and an art, trying to figure out how to tweak the variables and get an even more amazing product. With my research/lab background…. I’m a total geek on trying to get everything just right! I love the smells at the various stages (~when you add the hops, or when you siphon it into the bucket, ahhhh!). It is the healthiest beverage in the world and chock full of micronutrients!
We had always liked Bocks, Hefeweizens, Porters, and Stouts. However, I grew to love the New Belgium Abbey while living in Colorado (~trappist-style ale, like what the Belgian monks brew). While we started with a basic Nut Brown Ale, we eventually progressed to making the trappist ale. The various-timed hops gives it a unique, aromatic flavor…. the candy makes it sweet…. and the grains and malt are perfectly balanced. Definitely my most favorite beer (and quite possibly the most intoxicating too, hahaa!). The monks know how to do it right!