Rick Scully

Rick is a craft brewer, shepherd, gardener, photographer, writer, tech nerd, web developer, and all around good guy.

Beer labels – How to Make and Apply Your Own

As home brewers, we’ve all been there: you want to save money and resources by reusing your bottles, but it’s hard to remove the sticky label glue from the glass. The easiest — and least expensive — way to create a removable bottle label is to use an item you probably already have in your

Montreal 2018: Road Trip Wrap-up

Our latest excursion to Montreal was a belated birthday get-away for Sarah. Her only request was to surprise her. *gulp* No pressure from her, but plenty from myself. I did my best to keep my plans from her, but I decided to let her know about at least one of the places, a new-to-us knitting

15: Kristen Judkins, Gilead Fiber Farm

Kristen Judkins grew up spinning and knitting, but didn’t have her own fiber farm until she won some angora goats in an online essay contest. Join us for a chat about all things fiber and learn about the small mill where Kristen also processes roving and yarn for other shepherds. You can find Kristen’s work

Spicy Sweet Potato Mash – A New Tradition

Sweet potatoes are a favorite around here because of their flexibility. They can be served right from the oven with just a little butter, salt and pepper, and make a fine side dish.  They can be loaded with toppings like a jacket potato, and are also delicious as a pie. They can be served sweet

Belgian Ale Called “To Huell With It” Tasting Video

While Belgian Ale is a style that’s often enjoyed during the warmer months, this effervescent and refreshing beverage can be the perfect accompaniment to rich holiday feasts. In the video, Rick and Sarah taste the second beer from the Parti-gyle brew day that Rick did a few weeks ago. Other brews mentioned in this video

Brewing Beer: An Initiation into Home Brewing

When Rick first started experimenting with brewing beer in the early 1990’s, the available resources weren’t what they are today: no local home-brew store, no internet resources, no small craft breweries releasing recipe clones of their beers. Since moving to Vermont, brewing as a hobby has become much more accessible (even, at times, suffering from

Spiced Solstice Porter: A Beverage for the Holidays

The quick summary of this recipe is that it comes directly from Scott Russell.  Not just his web-published 2010 Holiday Porter recipe, but he was kind enough to collect the grains at the Lebanon Brew Shop for me.  I met up with him at the shop for an Oktoberfest event where I ground the grains and secured

Parti-gyle: Two Distinct Beers from One Grain Bill

The idea to brew a pale ale next, was inspired by a beer we had in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the excellent Earth Eagle Brewings. Their popular Shepard’s Crook pale ale uses the Huell Melon hop, with which we were unfamiliar. The hop has some honeydew melon and strawberry aromas that were quite enjoyable. I

Schnitzel: Local Meats Make Smashing Meals

In mid-October of 2017 we visited Portsmouth, New Hampshire as part of our “Anniversaweek.” For our special dinner out, we booked a table at The Black Trumpet on the suggestion of a friend — and former resident of the city. She is also friends with the chef, and highly recommended the place, so we were

Creamy Cassoulet: A hearty one-pot meal

Until a year ago I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Chevrolet and a cassoulet, but after my last two visits to Trealy Farm in Wales I am all about the cassoulet. If you didn’t guess a cassoulet is very closely related to what Americans call casseroles, at least in name. The latter are