A blog about eating, drinking, and making things - one small batch at a time

Month: November 2013

Ei8ht Ball Brewing: Open for business!

Ei8ht Ball Brewing: Open for business!

As I sit here sipping our very own homemade cider, I can’t help but smile. This has been an amazing week. It started out pretty normal, working the daily grind at my real job. And then the good news started pouring in: First, I got […]

A clean, perfect glass for your beer.

A clean, perfect glass for your beer.

There are certain things I really appreciate when it comes to drinking beer at my favorite local watering holes. In addition to the beer’s quality (a given), I relish a beer served in a clean, appropriate glass. How do I know my glass is really […]

Simple and delicious beer vinaigrette

Simple and delicious beer vinaigrette

Remember when I made beer vinegar with chef Ryan Santos? Well, 8 months later it’s done and glorious.

It’s actually been done for a while, like since the summer. I sort of um, forgot about it. Which, at first was the point, since it needed about three months to get all vinegary and delicious.

And then it was November. Oops!

Good news is it’s definitely done, and it’s time to make some more.Making Beer Vinegar (more…)

So much cider.

So much cider.

Our first batch of cider is done!! It is golden and dry at a final gravity of 0.996 (to learn all about gravity click here). For reference, a typical American Pale Ale would have a final gravity of 1.010-1.015, and your driest saisons are as low as 1.002). We used […]

Pairing beer and CHEESE

Pairing beer and CHEESE

For those of you who think that wine is the ultimate beverage to pair with cheese, think again. I’m not hating on wine. I LOVE wine, but beer has an equally deserving place at the side of your favorite cheeses. Cheese for me is heaven. […]