Monthly Archive for September, 2004

Beer tasting in Manland

Saturday was possibly the last beer tasting in Manland, and was a great time with excellent beer and terrific company. The final beer list was as follows:

  1. Schell’s Pale Ale, Minnesota
  2. Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA, Wisconsin
  3. Rapscallion Blessing, Massachusetts
  4. Smuttynose IPA, New Hampshire
  5. Fantome BBBrr
  6. Long Trail Double Bag, Vermont
  7. LaConner Dry Hopped IPA
  8. Southampton Old Herb Barleywine, New York
  9. Allagash FOUR
  10. Thomas Hardy 1990, England
  11. OId Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
  12. Dogfish Head Olde School, Delaware
  13. JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 2002, England
  14. JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 2001, England
  15. JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 2000, England
  16. JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 1999, England
  17. JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 1998, England
  18. Traquier House Ale ’91
  19. Fuller’s Vintage Ale, England
  20. Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught, Indiana
  21. Weyerbacher Old Heathen Imperial Stout, Pennsylvania

I was only around for the first ten or so, but it was everything you’d want a tasting to be. I’ll be linking to my reviews in the list as I get them posted.

Thanks again to the host, Weefisheads aka David Bradley.

Hop Madness 2004

Michelle, Barley and I just returned from this year’s Hop Madness. It was graciously hosted at Brooks Tree Farm just north of Salem, and included a tour of the hop harvest, brewing with fresh hops, a homebrew competition, great tunes from Los Mex Pistols, and general revelry.

The hop tour was excellent. We visited a local grower during the harvest. We watched the trucks unloading full vines, putting them onto hooks that fed the vines into a picker, then chopped and spit out the vines, sans hop cones. After touring the inside of the picking machine, it was on to the kiln. Giant beds of freshly picked hops on dryers. Hop cones floating, lifted by jets of hot air. To the side of the dryers, 12 foot tall piles of dried cones ready to be packed and shipped. I made the mistake of of peeling some congealed humulone resin off the packing conveyor. It was too much bitterness, but worth the experience.

I’ve put pictures from the event up too.