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

2: Upper Pass Beer & First Branch Coffee For Local Brews

If you are familiar with Upper Pass Beer Company and products like Cloud Drop and Hip 2 the Hops, you know that Andy Puchalick and Chris Perry enjoy brewing hop-forward, East-coast style IPAs that the Vermont brew scene has made popular. But this brewery and the owners’ approach to all of their projects is so

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

Tattoo You Two – SMaSH Beer

Home brewing doesn’t have to be difficult – this simple recipe is one of our favorites for beginners. One of the most interesting projects The Club decided to do this brew calendar is a SMaSH beer, with participants brewing the same recipe. One of the members developed the recipe and we are all charged with

CoCo Porter – Chocolate Beer at its Best

I like brewing beer, for sure, but I love brewing beer with friends even more. Too many cooks may spoil a stew, but they add something when it comes to beer. When our dear English friend Chris Mear said he would be visiting and bringing his fiancé who makes wine with him, I suggested we

Scully Summer SunSessionAle – Single Malt & Single Hop

Scully Summer SunSessionAle was brewed for our annual summer party. It was designed to be easy to brew, and at 4%, easy to drink over a long day. 5 lbs. Marris Otter (UK) 2-row malt 2.5 lbs Organic (CAN) 2-row malt Ideally I would have preferred to use all of one malt rather than mixing

Adrift: An Off-Course Porter

I first became aware of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter through Scott Russell‘s book North American Clone Brews. He and I were working together at the time, and he told me it was possibly his favorite American porter. A year or so later while visiting family in northwestern Pennsylvania — not too far from the beer’s home

Second Branch Ale ❤❤ Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Clone

Recently, I was reading a good friend’s beer blog, where he pondered the meaning of seasonal beers, and it helped light a fire under me to start brewing now when the conditions are good, in order to have beer in the winter when it can be a little more challenging to brew ales — which require

Scully Summer SunSessionAle Homebrew Recipe!

This beer was brewed for our annual summer party. It was designed to be easy to brew, and at 4%, easy to drink over a long day. Ingredients 5 lbs. Marris Otter (UK) 2-row malt 2.5 lbs Organic (CAN) 2-row malt Ideally I would have preferred to use all of one malt rather than mixing