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Better living through doughnuts

“The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist sees the hole!” -Oscar Wilde In addition to beer, doughnuts serve as one of the primary fuels of my life. How, then, could I be anything other than an optimist? The pint glass … Continue reading

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Carbonic Plague: a wild hop experiment

  A little back story: last fall, a friend tipped me off about some wild hops growing in the ditch on a gravel road just outside Carbon, Iowa (pop. 28). This September, I went out and harvested. A couple of … Continue reading

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The secrets of making Belgian Trappist ales

Time for another guest post from my good brewing friend Ken Hilton. He’s taken countless awards, including Carolina Brewer of the Year and Meadmaker of the Year. He’s biked across the United States and Europe and he’s guested here at … Continue reading

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Bagels by brewvana

At risk of talking about food more than beer lately, this one comes by request from Adam, one of your fellow brewvana readers. I used to do this frequently when we lived on the Rez, simply because I had more time. … Continue reading

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Top secret brewvana recipe unveiled!

Wow your children! Totally free recipe! No strings attached! I woke up feeling generous, so I made the boys something a step beyond our usual Saturday pancakes. And since I’m still feeling generous, I thought I’d share with you as … Continue reading

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Meat Day

With Wonderful Beer Wife out of town for a couple of days, the men of the house declared it Meat Day. It, of course, evolved into much more than that: target practice; Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, Hayseed Dixie and … Continue reading

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Granny’s Liquor Cabinet, part 2

Every winter I take a minor sidestep from the world of beer, and usually that means knitting a batch of my Grandma Johnston’s coffee liqueur recipe. This year I finally switched it up and made her peppermint schnapps recipe, something … Continue reading

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An anchor for New Beer’s Day

Melding Jamie Oliver, Indian nuances and brewing on New Year’s Day Some people were feeling a little rough on New Year’s Day. With luck in my court, I was good enough to spend the day brewing. Quality, not quantity, after … Continue reading

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Improving on deliciousness

“A gourmet who counts calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.” –James Beard Around the holidays, I usually fire up a batch or two of peanut brittle. I very carefully follow my great-aunt Betty’s recipe, but tonight, … Continue reading

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We had a Ball

We knew it was a nutty idea. But we had the balls to give it a shot. Ever since Kyle and I took our assortment of beers to the Testicle Festival last January to a) try Rocky Mountain Oysters for … Continue reading

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