Signs of Life From The Garden!

Almost two weeks to the day, Amy and I planted seeds in our new raised bed!  We planted Spinach, Lettuce, Beets and Broccoli.  Now we have signs of life coming up from the soil!

Below is our first sprout of Spinach:

Next we have some lettuce:

Finally, we have some sprouts of broccoli:

Unfortunately, our beet seeds haven’t germinated yet. Hopefully they will make an appearance soon!

With Autumn fast approaching, our next step is to build a cold frame.  The supplies have been ordered, and we hope to build it soon. Stay tuned!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Fall, one of my favorite times of year is fast approaching. With Autumn approaching that also means it’s time for Fall seasonal beers! First up on the list is Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler Brown Ale.  I love the description of this beer:

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

For malts, they use Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked. Their hop bill includes Challenger for bittering, and Challenger & Yakima Goldings for finishing. This beer weighs in at 5.5% alcohol by volume.

This beer pours a lovely dark brown color with a white head.  The carbonation level is medium, with a full mouthfeel.  With the aroma, I pick up nice bready and malty notes. The taste is definitely malt forward with bready notes and towards the end I pick up a little chocolate. At the very end, I pick up a little bit on the hops. I always love Sierra Nevada’s interpretation of beer styles. This is a very solid American Brown Ale. I highly recommend picking up this beer at the store!

My Wife’s reaction to the beer sums it up the best: “Mmmm, it tastes like fall!”

Let me (Re)Introduce Myself

If you came here via my previous blog, welcome! If not, let me take a moment to introduce myself.

I am an ALMOST thirty-something who works in the mortgage industry. I’ve got one of The United States’ worst commutes, the drive to the D.C. metro area! With my long and frustrating commute during the week, I desperately need a hobby which happens to be beer! I love to drink beer and most importantly I love to make it!

On top of making and drinking beer I also like to cook/bake and now my wife and I are slowly getting into gardening! So, sit back and enjoy the ride. I’m excited to see where this blog goes!