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Homegrown Hop Harvest

Ben's Journal, How To on September 5th, 2012 No Comments

No other plant produces a more beautiful crop for the beer lover than the Humulus Lupulus or Hop plant. Each season starts around May or June around my house, where the hearty hop plant breaks the ground’s surface and begins it’s ascent up the fence of my old dog kennel and beyond. I used to […]

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Baby Bath Bubble Beer

Ben's Journal, Drinking on July 24th, 2012 No Comments

I’m a home brewer. I make beer to share with my friends and family, but this latest concoction I just had to share with the world. While giving my son a bath on a Friday night I placed my beer down next to the baby shampoo and BAM, it hit me. Baby Bath Bubble Beer. […]

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Lobster and Beer.

Ben's Journal, Booze and Food Pairings, Drinking on June 29th, 2012 No Comments

There are few things greater in this world than a nice light refreshing ale and a freshly steamed lobster.  This combination really takes summer eating to a new level. There is something about having salt on the skin from a day at the beach that makes me crave seafood and a beer. Beer can be […]

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Xingu Surprise

Ben's Journal, Drinking on June 7th, 2012 1 Comment

After you’ve combed through all your local liquor stores you start to get a pretty good idea of what the beer selection is like in your area. That’s why when I took my wife out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of beers on the list that […]

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Good Design. Good Spirits.

Ben's Journal, Custom Labels on May 14th, 2012 No Comments

When I look at a bottle of beer that has a thoughtfully created label I am intrigued. I pop the top and pour its contents in a glass. I smell the aromas and hold it up to the light to reveal it’s color and clarity. I want to know more so I take a taste. […]