I just recently finished reading the Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery. My interest in beer has been growing steadily, to the point where I’m starting to think a lot about brewing my own beer and cooking with beer.
My wife’s family owns a house in an island in the middle of a lake, and I’m thinking about setting up a nano-micro-craft-mini brewery at the house there. We tend to go up about every weekend, so it would be pretty awesome to get at least a few brew sessions in over the summer months. I know that generally summer is not the best time to make beer, but the temperature on the island tends to be cooler than on the mainland. maybe i’ll make a steam beer (also known as a california common); a style of beer that ferments at relatively high temperatures in comparison to many other styles.
Additionally, I’m going to try to start putting together some killer recipes utilizing beer, both sweet and savory. I’ve heard of things such as stouts in dessert, and IPA sorbet. Of course there is the infamous beer brats…which I think I could really bring up a notch.
Let’s see how it goes. Also…I haven’t written in sooo long. I’m hoping that once college is over, I’ll be able to get back into this at a more regular schedule.