Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and Homebrew

I live at the back of a cul-de-sac and this make some trick or treaters pass us by. To combat this we set up at the end of our drive way with lots of lights and music, with the hopes of pulling kids in. Most of out neighbors do the same. Last year we realized that this would be a great opportunity to have a block party. Our good intentions failed to result in actually planing a party this year, but once the kids went to bed the was a impromptu party at the other end. I had been talking to one of the guys about how he got to smoke a cigar out front while I had to settle for some homebrew. He told the rest of the block that I brewed and then I was asked to provide a sample. My stock is pretty low since finishing the Kolsch and most folks don't like dark beers like my milk stout, so I handed out tastes of the wit. I have been pretty reluctant to share because I wasn't sure I was brewing good stuff. By the odor folks could tell that the beer should be "like Blue Moon" so I was off to a good start. Everyone loved it. They wanted to know what was i it and how I brewed it. I also handed out cider samples for some of the ladies. That was just as successful. So now I have been given a request to brew a red ale for the block. I will get it done on Sunday and 4 weeks later we'll have a taste.

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