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2019 VT NanoFest – Small Breweries with Big Ideas

VT NanoFest is a tiny festival celebrating some of Vermont’s smallest breweries, and it’s held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, which means it’s right in our back yard. In this week’s video we’re sharing our impressions of old favorites and new brews that we sampled this year. The 2019 Vermont...

Strawberry Melonball MIPA: A First Attempt Combining Fruit & Lactose

A trip to Portland, Maine in February 2019 reminded us that there is still some fun to be had with even with the most familiar styles of beer. Strawberry Melonball is our first attempt at the milkshake style as well as working with whole fruits, and after some unexpected delays we...

Tasting Mead and Melomel: Patience pays off

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this brewing experience, Rick and I showed you how to make mead and how to add fruit juice to create a melomel from the same base. Now, after months of patiently waiting, it’s finally time to taste them! This week we’re joined...

Photo HOPortunity – American Pale Ale

This week, we’re tasting and sharing the recipe for Rick’s latest brew. For those who would like to brew this beer it is available below, as well as on Brewer’s Friend. This was the first beer done on the new 1800W induction burner in our dedicated brewing space in...

Mead & Melomel: variation on a honey brew

In Part 1, Rick explained the simple method for making mead, an ancient beverage of fermented honey. Next Steps Today, Rick racked the mead to a freshly washed carboy to get rid of the sediment that had started to build up over the past 5 weeks. We’ll keep half...

Making Mead: Honey plus time yields a delicious beverage

We have been intending to make mead for so long that it had become something of a joke. “I’ll get to that right after we make mead.” Then this past summer whilst cleaning the basement we realized we had nearly 14 pounds of honey … and that it was...

Questions & Answers – November 2018

It’s our one-year YouTube anniversary! To celebrate we asked for your questions and in this episode, we answer them. Resources Beer and Food Vermont Brewers Association – More than 50 breweries in the state, with a map and links to more information, so you can plan your own trip....

Tasting New York Beers: Standby styles and unusual experiments

While on her recent trip to New York for the big sheep and wool festival, Sarah picked up some new-to-us beers to try. In this video, Rick and Sarah taste three beers from two different breweries and compare notes. Sarah found the first beer at a restaurant in Kingston,...

Off-season fun in Westport, Massachusetts

This weekend, we hopped in the car for a quick getaway to Westport, Massachusetts, for some off-season fun, and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Westport may seem an unlikely destination for a vacation, but if you like the beach (and especially if you’re fond of seafood) it’s a fun...

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