Craft Beer Library

Welcome to the Library! What you see is what you get. Nothing fancy, just a chronicle of all things beer.


Bar stoppage! Headed into Lakewood Growler, who specialize in Texas craft beers, and had a Ranger Creel Oatmeal Pale Ale, then a 512 White IPA! Ran over to World of Beer because they were having a keep the glass night with local brewer Rabbit Hole. Took in a Centennial IPA and a Mike Modano 561 Kolsch, terrific! Then when I got home I kept it local with a bomber of Saint Arnold Amber. DRINK LOCAL!!


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I bottled my ginger IPA today.

I first racked 1 gallon on some gin soaked oak cubes. Then I primed the rest and bottled it. I stole a drink, and am loving it! The Grapefruit peel I added during the boil adds some nice additional bittering, and the ginger appears to add a nice backbone to the Citra and Cascade hops.

Now I just have to be patient with the gin oaked gallon. (I love how dark the gin got from the oak, i dumped it all in there!) Extract all of that Oaky goodness!

aimlessoblivion82 - How long are you gonna let the oak gallon sit? Super curious of how the two will differ in taste!
Black Diamond Brewery helping me install new floors today.
Another old school BP poster that my pops has hanging in his garage.
Under the bench. (There’s more in the kitchen)
The very last bomber of Homebrew. I guess it’s about time to start planning the next batch. I haven’t really had time to even think about making beer since the baby was born, but now that the family is in a somewhat functional routine, I might find some time to brew soon! This last batch was kind of a disappointment so that recipe is officially trash. (It was mostly an experiment anyway, albeit an expensive one) but it seems that six months of aging has vastly improved the flavors. So there’s that. Hmm… What to brew next?


One word of advice to craft beer newbies

When I first took the leap from “Hey, I like to drink beer!” to “Hey, beer is something I’m passionate about!” I was shocked by something. No, I’m not talking about the surprising diversity of styles – though that’s pretty dope – or how much heart and soul goes into a truly well-made beer.

Instead, what really took me by surprise was how super aggressive some people could be about beer, and how that translated into them politely giving advice – i.e., impolitely butting in – on how I should be enjoying every single moment of my beer experience.

I’m referring to know-it-all beer tyrants, which is a sub-strata of the generally newbie-averse craft beer snob.

"You have to drink this. Don’t drink that. No, this is the best example of a porter. Oh, you like that? You really shouldn’t – it’s a terrible representation of an IPA. What do you mean you don’t homebrew? You haven’t been there? Well, you don’t know beer until you’ve gone there. Eek, don’t admit to anyone you like that beer. Trust me.”

This kind of bossy behavior reminds me of how some women treat motherhood. As a woman in my 30s, I can’t tell you how many “discussions” I’ve heard about or witnessed where one woman – feeling #blessed with the unparalleled wisdom motherhood has bestowed upon her, and her alone – has felt the need to completely bully another woman with parenting “advice,” when no one asked her about anything in the first place.

So here’s my one word of advice to those who are new to craft beer:


Seriously. Take a big deep breath, block out the endless prattling of the craft beer mouthbreathers out there like white noise and relax. 

It’s okay to dislike beers others swear by, while simultaneously embracing brews others abhor. (For example: Sorry, guys. I still like pumpkin beer. I had one earlier this week, and it made me happy.)

It’s also no big deal to take your time getting to know different styles at your own pace. Or to change your mind over and over again about what you like and don’t like. And yes, you can still consider yourself a craft beer nerd without going completely mental for IPAs; don’t let those hopheads pressure you into thinking otherwise. I say this as someone who really loves IPAs, but didn’t always.

Oh, and you can still be a cool beer kid without enjoying the act of homebrewing. You can just want to drink beer. Or you can try homebrewing once, learn some cool stuff and then decide you don’t want to do it anymore.

Beer is too awesome to have the fun totally sucked out of it. You are free to enjoy it as much or as little as you’d like, and at your own pace. I say this because yes, there is a lot you can learn about beer, but how far down the rabbit hole you go is entirely up to you. So while pursuing the hilariously intimidating Certified Cicerone exam seems like a good idea to Josh and myself, you don’t have to do that.

Because here’s the best part about beer: While that yeast strain-naming, craft beer snob in your life might be judging your every beer-related move, your beer never will. Your beer will always love you just the way you are.

Mostly because it’s inanimate and incapable of independent thought, but whatever. My point stands. A beer will never judge you.

So relax.

This is part of a series of posts by Mid-Atlantic beer bloggers. Tomorrow, Sean Creel from Brewkeep will have a new word for you. Check out the other advice for craft beer newbies:

  • Doug from Baltimore Bistros and Beer: Craft
  • Jake from Hipster Brewfus: Patience
  • Oliver from Literature and Libation: Reciprocate
  • Andrew from Das Ale Haus: Drink
  • Bryan from This Is Why I’m Drunk: Live
  • Josh from Short On Beer: Journey
  • Liz from Naptown Pint: Relax — this post! 



Just relax and enjoy. Which is precisely why even though I could go into great detail about all the beer I try on this blog; I don’t. Mainly because every beer is different for everyone, kinda like art. Beauty is in the eye/mouth of the beholder. If it’s good, it’ll speak for itself.

There’s a craft brewery in an RV park… and it’s spectacular» Beer Editor blog | DRAFT Magazine

This is fantastic. I bet this dude is gonna be super busy soon. A brewery campground!


Home Brew Farmhouse Saison



Home Brew Farmhouse Saison



Lots happens at the brewery today! We put plastic down over the gloss sealer on the new floor. Also the sprinklers and air handlers are being installed. Ethan and Tony picked out the type of wood we are going to be using for the bar tops. They also ordered lumber to help build the bars! Progress is happening! Yay us!

Tons of progress! Congrats, it’s looking good.


This dark full bodied stout, with hints of chocolate flavors and roasty notes is back on the Nitro tap again FINALLY! Our Russian Imperial Stout, coming in at 10.6% goes down so smooth you won’t even know. #TGIF

Mmmm. Next time I’m down in SD. I think this will be on my list…


This dark full bodied stout, with hints of chocolate flavors and roasty notes is back on the Nitro tap again FINALLY! Our Russian Imperial Stout, coming in at 10.6% goes down so smooth you won’t even know. #TGIF

Mmmm. Next time I’m down in SD. I think this will be on my list…


At The Wells Tavern, in Hampstead Heath.

Love that glass.


At The Wells Tavern, in Hampstead Heath.

Love that glass.

hop shack. Sip, Enjoy, Discover.



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