Innis and Gunn release two new warmers for fall

After drinking my most recent Russian Imperial Stout that I aged on bourbon soaked charred oak I ran across this blog posting. Now the hunt is on to run down some of the Innis & Gunn offerings. If you have some leads let me know. When it comes to beer I can be one helluva sleuth!

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But don’t turn you nose up at rare offerings.

The ATL Beer Guy

innis-and-gunnScotland is arguably the birth place of beer in the United Kingdom. There are some that hypothesize that the vikings brought the alcoholic staple with them when they plundered and eventually settled the northern reaches of the British Isles. Of course, at that time beer was not flavored with hops, but with heather a flower that is abundant in both Scandinavia and Scotland.

Since those barbaric days of plunder and pillage, Scotland has gained a reputation as having refined there own style of ale and the spirit named for its origin — Scotch Whisky. One of Scotland’s now beloved ale producers came about quite by accident. In 2002, Dougal Sharp was asked by Grant’s Distillers to create a distinctive beer that would season whisky barrels for a Cask Ale Reserve whisky. In those early days, the beer was used only to season the casks and thrown away after sitting on the oak…

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I wanted to brew my Golden Wheat Red IPA this week  but work got in the way. It’s terrible when that happens. So, I apologize and will “gittr” done as soon as practical.

Problem is – work is in the way for most of October too. The month will be salvaged because I will spend 7 days in Colorado with lots of free time to sample and explore some small breweries!

So, October has another work week in North Dakota and next week is followed by a mini work week in Colorado, two out of seven days……I will share some tastings!

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A Bedtime Elixir

It was a busy day. I had a few things to take care of with my beehive, some invoicing of clients to submit and general “Harry Homeowner” stuff that never goes away. I am at the end of the evening and doing the right thing …..  Watching “Dancing With The Stars” with my bride…. it’s a small price to pay!

So, I  kicked back and enjoyed a partial bottle of my Russian Imperial Stout… is  getting better every time I crack one open. Nice tan head, a bit of lace on the sides of the glass and the bourbon notes from the whiskey soaked oak that had sat in the secondary fermenter for three months are mellowing nicely. A hint of coffee, vanilla and a nice warmth as it slides down….Can’t wait to see how it ages … a couple of years from now I will sip on the final few bottles. This is a “one and done” type of beer… a nice finish to the evening and some sweet dreams. Brewed at the end of May this year and we will enjoy it even more in December/January – if it ever cools off!

Mmmmmmm - smooth, dark and oh, so warm.

Mmmmmmm – smooth, dark and oh so warm.


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Goose Island Rambler IPA

Yum…. This seasonal offering by Goose Island is pretty durn good. I was In Chicago this August and was just a month too early! I would have called the color – Copper but the brewery’s website calls it – Auburn – that color is so yummy especially when it comes with a nice body mouth feel. Careful there big boy, someone may get the wrong impression. Those really are good descriptions of a beer!

Not real bitter but the aroma of the Magnum and Amarillo hopes comes through nicely, nose and in the mouth. It is a nice IPA and the spicy notes making it a good Fall offering. I am in Williston ND sampling the beer and they have already had a freeze. This week in Williston is experiencing very pleasant Fall like weather( for Houston) Low 50’s F in the morning and high 70’s for the high.

Isn’t she a nice Auburn color?

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Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

A great reader is someone  truly fascinated by others, other’s points of view, other’s perspectives and willing to GROW.


Jana Mlynar of nominated me for this award and in the rules of acceptances noted below she provided the” Get Out of Jail Free” card. You see, Rule 3. Says;” The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period. I did not meet that deadline as I was nominated August 28th . I was covered up in excuses so I needed the card or just fade away. Not likely so – Rule number 4 gives me the latitude to change or amend the rules…..I will amend rule 3 to include; “If for any reason that you deem valid and while pondering the question over a craft beer, you shall be allotted the necessary time to comply with the spirit of the award.”

I just want to say thanks to those of you who will read a post or two of mine and more so when you take the time to share your thoughts. I am irregular, maybe a Prune Ale would help…..I don’t post as often as I would like and don’t read nor comment as often as I should…I shall improve on both counts. Thanks to the recognition by Jana… I do hereby commit to doing better!

I have plenty of excuses, not many very valid but I have spent many hours pondering while quaffing craft beers post August 28th, that I grant myself, and the new recipients,  that latitude to extend the acceptance period. I hope all y’all get a chance to spend time browsing “Head Over Beers”….wonderful writing, amazing recipes that feature beers, and quite witty! Go visit the 14 below and share a thought or two.

And The Envelope Please – for the 14 blogs that appeal to me!

  1. Mike’s Craft Beer –
  2. The Jax Beer Guy –
  3. Brewing Beer the Hard Way –
  4. We Make Homebrew –
  5. alcohol by volume –
  6. sparklinglover –
  7. This is Why I’m Drunk –
  8. WorkoutDrinkbeMerry –
  9. Beer Nerds –
  10. The Apartment Homebrewer –
  11. Ales From the Hood –
  12. BeerCat Brewing and Babies –
  13. The Budget Brewery –
  14. Experiments in Homebrewing –

The Rules of accepting this award are as follows:

  1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar.
  2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.
  3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period. (“If for any reason that you deem valid, while also pondering the question over a craft beer, you shall be allotted the necessary time to comply with the spirit of the award.”)
  4. The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates.
  5. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: “A great reader is…”

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