June 20, 2017

2017 Competition Results

What was that about best laid plans? Originally, I had planned on entering two beers in the 2017 Newfermenters Homebrew Competition: a Kolsch, and a Fruit beer. Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to get my fruit beer done, but I managed to enter a Kolsch. Well, sort of. I entered a beer in […]

January 13, 2017

Advent Calendar, Day 24

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It just occured to me that I never did get a post up about the final beer in the 2016 advent calendar. Whoops! This one was a Belgian-style Trippel, and rang in at just over 12%, which may be why I didn’t get anything posted. Well, that and wrapping gifts while drinking it. The alcohol […]

January 12, 2017

Competition planning

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As you may have guessed from the above image, I’m pretty excited that Newfermenters (the local homebrewers Facebook group here in Newfoundland and Labrador) have announced the annual brewing competition. At this point, it’s tentatively scheduled for June 18th, so that would be a cool way to spend Fathers Day. Since my Triple Buzz Stout […]

December 23, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 23

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It’s Tibbs Eve here in Newfoundland, so tonight’s beer seems appropriate – a chocolate mint stout. I’m a big fan of chocolate and mint together, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. The chocolate really comes through on the nose, and on the first few sips as well. Not really getting […]

December 22, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 22

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Tonight’s beer is a Vanilla Latte Stout – vanilla, coffee, and lactose sounds like a winner to me! The coffee is definitely there on the nose, and a little chocolate too. The vanilla is there, but it’s a bit subtle on first sniff. The flavour is pretty much exactly what I expected with this name […]

December 21, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 21

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Today’s beer is a Bourbon Vanilla Stout. From the brewer’s notes, I gather that the bourbon was a happy accident – it was how the vanilla bean was preserved. There’s a sweetness in with the bitterness in the nose, and that carries over in to the flavour as well. There’s a fair bit of astringency […]

December 20, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 20

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Sadly, there’s only a few days left in the Advent calendar. I’ve really been enjoying trying out everyone’s efforts! On the plus side, today’s beer is a White IPA that rings in at 9%, so that’s not sad at all! The nose is citrusy and hoppy, but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is really smooth, and […]

December 20, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 15

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As part of my mix-ups, I had this one on the 14th, but was frankly too tired to write up the post at the time. So, here’s the details: this was a dry-hopped sour, which is a neat idea – certainly something I’ve never tried before! The nose was definitely hoppy, and I thought the […]

December 19, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 19

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Time to change things up a little – today’s bottle isn’t beer, it’s cider. I’m a big fan of cider, and have had plenty of different kinds, so this should be interesting. Nice floral apple on the nose, and the flavour is a blend of tart apple, a little sweetness, and a nice little tannin […]

December 18, 2016

Advent Calendar, Day 18

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Today’s beer is a smoked porter. I’ve had a couple of smokey beers, and wasn’t a huge fan, mainly because I felt the smoke was overpowering. Still, fortune favours the bold, so onward! The nose does have some smoke, but it’s not too intense, which bodes well. First sip, that campfire smell comes across the […]