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CDBC looks into the future, all the way to the year 2012

27 Jan

Now that we are getting back on track after the holidays, things at the brewery are going to start heating up again.

Some upcoming items:
  • We are picking up something like 1300 pounds of grain this weekend. That should get us at least a couple brews.
  • We will have a monthly meeting, the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 to taste beers and welcome people who want to learn more. This is in addition to our brew days.
  • Next Brew Day is tentatively set for this Sunday, January 29th.
  • We hope to put together a schedule of brew days for the next few months.
  • The National Homebrew Conference is in Bellevue this year! June 21–23. (They say Seattle…but really it’s across the lake in Bellevue.) The CDBC plans to be there somehow. Maybe just pouring some beer, maybe some in competition, maybe just there to drink everyone else’s beer.

We had our first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 26th. We tasted a lot of homebrew. We also set up more of a structure to hopefully get more people into the collective and brewing beer. 2012 looks off to a good start!

See you at the Brewery!


Ninkasi + 21st Amendement = Nirvana in a can

8 Nov
Headline News!

Headline News!

Look at the box!

The whole package

Ninkasi and 21st Amendement have teamed up to create one of the most delicious ales I have ever had. It’s just an ale, nothing special, except the dates…but they compliment the flavor, not provide it. Normally I am skeptical of 21st Amendment, I want to like their beer but it is never as good as I think it should be. On the other hand, Ninkasi has yet to make a beer I don’t like.

“Allies Win The War” is their collaboration. And it is quite simply one of the best ales I’ve ever had. I can’t even explain it. The flavors are perfectly balanced. If this beer wasn’t over 8% ABV I could drink a few more….nevermind, I can drink a few more. And the packaging…GOOD LORD the packaging is just as good as the beer inside it.

I highly recommend you get your hands on some of this. If the CDBC is lucky I’ll have a can left to bring to brew day in a couple weeks….or I may have to buy more just to share. I am hoping this is not a one off, never to be seen again creation.

In the glass

Summer Lull, Let’s drink some beer!

10 Aug

Last of the Icicle Bootstrap IPA

Since we’ve got a little lull in brewing for the next couple weeks (but we will need to brew some beer for fall soon), I thought I would do just a random beer update.

There is a new brewery out in Leavenworth, Icicle Brewing Company. I finished off a growler of their Bootstrap IPA the other day (no, not all at once) and was pleasantly surprised. It’s hoppy, with notes of citrus.


Deschutes/Boulevard White IPA

I also recently tried a White IPA, from Deschutes Conflux Series. They brewed it in conjunction with Boulevard Brewing from Kansas City, MO. It’s an odd monster, this white IPA. Smells like a yeasty Belgian beer. The flavor is familiar at first as a Belgian Wit but then some crazy hop notes and other spices/herbs hit the palate. I admit I did not know what to think at first. It was certainly not bad, very drinkable…but at the same time so insanely different than anything I have had before, I couldn’t place it, and then I started to like it.

Close-up of the label

Pliny Clone: Taste Report

3 Aug

My little brother is visiting from Maryland with his family, and he has homebrewed in the past. I was showing off the CDBC beers, and I thought I’d break out a little something special. So I broke out the Pliny.

This beer…this beer is still amazing. I think this is a Pliny from our first all-grain attempt at Pliny, since we kegged the second batch from Jen Galland. Whatever it is, it’s still 6 kinds of awesome. This beer is old. And, surprisingly, it still pretty much rocks. It’s got a great nose right out of the bottle, but it does fade more quickly. A lot of that Simcoe goodness in the aroma and initial taste. Almost a little booziness now too, now that the hops seem to have faded a little. It also has a really nice lingering bitterness. Man, I can’t wait to buy 2 pounds  of Simcoe for brewing next year, when they come in season!

Simcoe beauty!

The dregs of the Pliny

Things that make you go… Mmmmmm

1 Aug

Greetings and transgressions!

Coming to you from beautiful Crested Butte Colorado. I am currently sitting on the deck of our rental, and I am enjoying a Breckenridge Avalanche Amber. While not overwhelming, it is most definitely in the style (with a nice caramel/peppery taste and a light hop profile). I probably wouldn’t order it, but I don’t mind drinking it…

Here are a couple of pics so far:

Mmmm beer…


Mmmm scenery…


Mmmmm another beer…

Now I am enjoying a 5 Barrel Pale from Odell Brewing. Much better than the Amber… Both dry hopped and hop backed… Tasty stuff! Although the nose is better than the taste. Would taste great out of the tap…


The Rapture Pale Ales

20 Jul

Scott, Kevin and I have been back and forthing on what we think of the Rapture Pales that were brewed a couple of months ago.  While we all agree it tastes great, we also all agree there is something weird going on in the background.  Having not yet tried the NWRP, I went ahead and cracked one open last night – below is what happened:

Rapture Pale

17 Jul

Our Rapture Pale (I think this is the one with the Manny’s yest, the cap said MRP).

The color is nice, and the head is huge.

Little hop aroma, very bready. A very drinkable beer, but something seems off. A little but of an acidic taste, at least I think that is what it is. I wonder if there is a little bit of an infection. That would explain the over carbonation and off taste.

Overall, tastes like a pale. Not our best. Not our worst.

The Rapture Pale

Another Huge Head

The Irish Red… after how many months?

13 Jul
Irish Red Ale

Fresh poor of the Irish Red after being in the bottle for many months

I poured a bottle of our Irish Red tonight, I honestly can’t remember when we bottled this. And I am a little surprised it has held up so well, considering we may have dumped a half pound of brown sugar in at the end of the boil just for fun.

It’s not very carbonated, but it doesn’t really need it. Not as good as when it was only a month old, but still very drinkable and tasty. Malty and sweet, very little hop character at all. And it still tastes like an Irish Red Ale!

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