Happy New Beer (Year)!
2012 ended with a bang for Beer for Dessert. I wrote an article about craft beer and holiday pies for CraftBeer.com (here), and a few of my recipes have been featured on the site, which is awesome! I’m also looking forward to taking an online class on brewing from the Siebel Institute (a surprise Christmas gift from Mr. Beerfordessert).
I rarely make resolutions, but I often enter a new year full of hopes and expectations for the coming months. This year is no exception: I’m hoping to try tons of new beers this year, thus I am dubbing this season “New Beers” season.
My good friend, Adam, recently introduced me to the Crux Fermentation Project out of Bend, OR (featuring the former brewmaster for Deschutes, Larry Sidor) via an awesome holiday gift: a small growler of their Triskel IIPA. A refreshing reminder that although Russian River is no longer distributing to WA, there are still fantastic things going on nearby in the world of west coast IPAs.
I just got back from Port Townsend’s Strange Brew festival this past weekend, full inspiration for new homebrewing and pastry projects: whiskey and ginger with red ale, rauch beer with the flavors of butterscotch candies, pineapple with a big juicy IPA, and much more!
This recipe, however, uses an old favorite. Mr. Beerfordessert had another birthday, and Hair of the Dog Adam continues to be his favorite brew.