The Bakken Makes More Than Oil!

Stonehome Brewing Company in Watford City is cranking out some very good beers. After a late morning, early afternoon photo safari in the northern end of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park, I pulled into the Stonehome for a sampling.

A few of my new friends in North Dakota. I worked up a thirst stalking them for their family portrait.

Heartless is an easy drinking pale ale that even this IPA craving fool can enjoy. Kathy, lovely and sweet wife would really like this one.

Central Perk, that’s right – Perk – Another pale ale, a little higher ABV with a touch of cold pressed coffee. Nicely hopped but not IPA strength. I really did enjoy this one!

Latifrons, Down By The Beach – is an excellent pale ale, nicely hopped, aromatic and comes in at 35 IBU. Latifrons – an extinct predecessor of the modern day Bison that now roam the Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

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Maah Daah Hey – Red Rye IPA – my favorite of the four I selected. IBU up in the 50 range and an ABV of 6.3%. Yum!

The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 144-mile non-motorized single track trail that runs from USFS Burning Coal Vein Campground 30 miles south of Medora, to the USFS CCC campground 16 miles south of Watford City

Stonehome donates to the Maah Daah Hey trail group for every keg sold. I could definitely put away a keg of this…..not by myself, I would invite a few select friends!

Stonehome hasn’t been around long, established in 2016 by Watford City locals, they have an awesome brewery.

As Arnold said; I’ll be back!

http://www.stonehomebrewing.com

I gotta add something – I have a new favorite IPA! Made by Surly Brewing. Surly Wett, a wet hopped IPA using freshly harvested 2017 Mosaic hops. Absolutely stunning. It is a seasonal brew and once gone, it will only be a pleasant memory! I wonder what hop the Wett for 2018 will feature? I’m sure it will be good!

MALT

Malt: 2-Row, Acidulated, Carafoam

HOPS

Hops: Changes Annually (2017 – 100% Mosaic)

YEAST

Yeast: English Ale

OG

OG: 16.6º Plato

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop

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The 8th Wonder of the Modern World

For many folks, especially those raised in Texas, the Houston Astrodome held the title. It served as the home of the Houston Astros from 1965 until 1999, 34 years and no World Championship. We are celebrating today with a downtown parade, the requisite speeches and maybe a few more beers. The Astros played an incredible 7 game series, beating the Dodgers in LA 

So, to celebrate, I am hoisting my Honey Blonde Ale, in a pint glass from 8th Wonder Brewery, a fine local brewery, toasting the well deserved 2017 World Series Houston Astros. Hip, hip hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! 


Ahhhhhh – refreshing and so satisfying- like the long awaited and well deserved World Series Champion Houston Astros. 

FYI, in the works – a Russian Imperial Stout to be brewed without collusion, a session IPA and single malt-single hop ale. I PROMISE! 

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop

4th of July Blackberry Cobbler

I have a freezer still full of blackberries, a pantry full of blackberry preserves and wife that says, “No more Jam!” What’s a guy to do? Ok Hun, it is your birthday on the third of July, how about some blackberry cobbler and Blue Bell vanilla ice cream?

I will share a recipe that has had rave reviews every time I have made it and rave reviews from everyone that has made it themselves. The recipe is not original with me but I do give it proper credit…..it is just amazing and so simple to make!

MEME’S BLACKBERRY COBBLER

I added an extra cup of blackberries to this recipe from Virginia Willis’ Bon Appétit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories From Three Generations of Southern Cooking (Ten Speed Press, $32.50).

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 5 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen – Hand picked from a friends property just north of Kingwood.
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more if desired for berries
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a large iron skillet (I used a 12 inch cast iron skillet), place skillet in oven to melt butter.

Put blackberries in a large bowl. If they are frozen, let them soften a few minutes. Crush lightly with a potato masher. Sweeten with extra sugar if you like. ( I did!!!)

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and 1 cup sugar in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine milk and vanilla. Gradually pour wet ingredients into dry while whisking.

Remove skillet from oven. Add melted butter to batter. Stir to combine. Pour batter into hot skillet. With a spatula, scrape the berries into the center. Bake cobbler till it is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the cake (not the berries) emerges clean, about 1 hour.

Serve warm with ice cream — and prepare for a walk down memory lane.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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The start……this is what it should like on entry to the oven.

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This is what it should look like before scooping out into a bowl, just begging for a mound of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.

My presentation is pretty Patriotic, the skillet is a red enamel, the cooked berries are beyond blue and the Blue Bell vanilla ice cream is as close to white as it can be. Have a great Fourth of July.

TTFN

Bishop

Three in One Day

Gotta love California for a thing or two or three. Yesterday my bride and I drove from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara. It is my birthday weekend and she is intent on spoiling me…..I am always pretty spoiled by her, but this is extra special. 

I loaded up my camera bag and lenses and let her drive the windy route through Maricopa and over the mountains into Ojai. The sky was ugly and hazy and the wild flowers have not yet hit stride. Dang! I could rubber neck and not incurr her wrath!!!! She prefers to drive the windy roads – it solves her motion sickness issues. 

Ojai – Ojai Valley Brewery was first up. Nice selection of beers and we also found a great “small plate”, Buffalo Fried Cauliflower. It will be added to our recipe box. 


Kathy enjoyed the White Pixie and the Ephemera was my favorite of those I sampled. Very slow lazy service for a Friday afternoon but we were not in a hurry, “chill out dude” and enjoy the chauffeured drive. 

Carpentaria – Rincon Brewery, substantial food and good beer. We dropped our bags off at the condo and grabbed a seat outdoors on the street to watch life drift by. I went with a sampler and the Tri-tip sandwich. Kathy had her go to Blonde ale and the Cobb Salad. Fun place, good food(I love the lamb burger slider- next time!) and quality beers. 


We then wandered down the street to Brew lab….it is a small place, they brew in small batches and never repeat! I sent them some money last year for their crowd funded expansion. They fell short but I still got a shirt and a free beer. Last night a talented young musician entertained the crowd. Interesting art work on the walls and I nice crowd. 


I had the Yellow Belly Ale and Kathy was in the role of designated driver, thank you Hun! 

Where shall I drink beer today? Such hard choices and so many options…..gotta love being and old guy, semi-retired and my “Goo” friend John back home feeding my bees…..thank you John! 

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop

Bee Lining

This morning I did a little experiment in the Backyard Farm with “bee lining”. This is an old time method for finding a hive, hopefully a wild one, and not one of your neighbor’s hives. 

I have been doing some open feeding in the backyard as an act of kindness for the early spring  foragers. The bees have been mobbing the feeder. This indicates a whole lot of bees nearby! 

I went out with a fresh bottle of sugar water early this morning,  before the bees were up and out foraging. Then I waited. Once a few visitors showed up I marked one with a dot of orange paint. 


Using a stop watch timing the round trips, it appears that there is a colony/hive less than 200 yards from my yard. In less than 10 minutes the feeder was overwhelmed and it is impossible to time the round trips now!!!! 


My next experiment will be off in the woods. I want to see if I can find a wild hive and document the adventure. Keep your eyes open! 

TTFN

Bishop

Are There Craft Beers in Midland Texas?

The hunt was on last week when I visited. I had already written in a previous post about the HEB Market doing a great job stocking good beers, BUT – I am  sorry to say that the wait help at Logan’s Roadhouse was pretty clueless. I asked for the Lagunitas IPA on the menu and wound up having to spell it for the novice server. To top it off they didn’t carry it anymore.  I didn’t make a strong effort to hunt down craft beers, as it was a work trip.  So, on my return home I decided to do some research.

Midland Beergarden out off Business 80 between Midland and Odessa.

Updated 11/06/2016

On Tap: 58 | Growlers: 3 | Bottles: 12 | Cans: 7 – Looking at the website I was impressed. I know where I will spend some time on my next visit! Yee Haw cowboy, or roughneck or…..you get the picture!

Bend and Beer – here  is something unique!!!!!

” Join us every Saturday of November and the first Saturday of December for yoga at 3pm. For more information please contact Jamie Edwards or Jessica Smith

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http://www.midlandbeergarden.com/category/beer-garden-news/

Looks like a great bunch of activity on the Homebrewer Front!

“Our club was established in 1994 in Permian Basin of west Texas, and we have been proudly

brewing ever since”

http://www.basinbrewers.org/

They have also made my next trip a bit easier with the listings on the Permian Basin Beer Scene page – http://www.basinbrewers.org/p/permian-basin-beer-scene.html

Can I tie a business trip into this event?

JANUARY 27 + 28, 2017 – MIDLAND, TX

“We’re bringing Midland’s largest Craft Beer Festival back to the Commemorative Air Force! The 3rd Annual Midland on Tap begins on Friday, January 27th from 6pm to 9pm and continues on Saturday, January 28th with Session 1 from 1pm-4pm and Session 2 from 5pm-8pm. Sample over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors.”
Read More: Midland On Tap Craft Beer Festival – Midland, TX | http://americaontap.com/midland-on-tap/?trackback=tsmclip

http://americaontap.com/midland-on-tap/

I think the beer drought in Midland has been quenched!

 

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop