Happy New Year! I’m celebrating with this, my 100th blog post! Diligence and discipline are two qualities I aspire to, but rarely adhere to, so this occasion calls for celebration. What better way than to make like a monk and brew a festive batch of beer? This beverage has some 7,000-9,000 years of history behind it, and some of the earliest writing found contains a brewing recipe. No wonder we have an almost mythical attachment to its hearty goodness.
Using hops flowers we’d grown in our garden the previous year, and ingredients purchased from the helpful folks at The Beverage People, we honor a household tradition: B. found behind our wall an old photograph of the family that once lived here – and brewed their own beer.
The magic of commingling hops and barley with yeast causes the grains’ sugars to activate the yeast and begin fermentation. Nothing sounds merrier than the beer burbling happily in the background as we eat our supper on a rainy, cold night!