Looking Ahead To 2013

Oh, what a year this has been! My wife and I welcomed our daughter Zoe into the world in September. With all the preparation leading up to her birth and being busy since she was born, I’ve managed to fit in a few brew days. What a feeling it is being a Father! My wife and I couldn’t be any happier being new parents. Well, now it’s time to start looking forward to 2013, and I’m brainstorming on what I would like to brew.

I would like to make more lagers. My next lager, I want to make a Helles Bock. I also want to make an Oktoberfest and a Schwarzbier. Lagers do take longer and seem a little more complicated, but they are fun to make. I’ve had two successful lagers already (Bohemian Pilsner and Vienna Lager), so I feel pretty confident in the whole process.

Next year, I want to make a couple holiday beers. I was thinking of doing a Pumpkin Porter for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving, and a Gingerbread Brown Ale for Christmas. At least I have plenty of time to find recipes for these brews!

I also want to try my hand at doing some winemaking. I want to make a couple small one gallon batches of fruit wine (raspberry, strawberry, peach), and I want to make my first mead.

Off the top of my head, these are some of the things I want to try through the course of 2013. I’m sure I will come up with more!

Until next time, happy brewing and Merry Christmas!

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!