Monday, December 29, 2008

The Blizzard of 08 is done!

We had a nice Christmas break with 12 inches of snow falling in the Beaverton area. This is considered a TON around here. We all survived - although some co workers had a tree fall on his house and another guy had a branch break through his wind shield while he was driving!

Shawn transferred Ms. Sally to the secondary fermentation on Sunday. Now we wait 4 weeks. Then we bottle - should be on track for middle of February!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mustang Sally Fermenting

We spent Sunday afternoon in the usual brewing-day fashion - brewing good beer, drinking good beer, watching Ravens football on a plasma TV, and grillin' steaks. Does it get any better? I don't think it does.

Mustang Sally went into the primary as thick as molasses. She's blub-blubbin' as I write this. We've got a monster on our hands, here. We'll need to be real patient for Sally, as she's going to take longer than her pale brothers to deliver her goodness. We gotta slow that Mustang down.

But when she's ready, oh man, she's gonna treat us right. Hey, make your own jokes, friends!

Expect Mustang Sally Imperial Stout to be ready to drink in 6 to 8 weeks. Expect a chocolately goodness you simply won't find in a commercial beer. Expect something amazing.

-S, very much jealous of that Russian River field trip

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Happy Holidays!

For Thanksgiving, Jenn and I drove down to Northern California/San Francisco area. We had a great time. While in SF, we visited with a friend - thanks Paula!!!! - saw the Golden Gate bridge, went to Chinatown, and rode a trolley all in one day!

We also stayed in Santa Rosa, CA - home to one of the best breweries in the country - Russian River! We had a great time there. The pub was pretty cool and the people were friendly. We brought back a bunch of shirts, glasses, and beer! Go Pliny!

In order to survive the winter months here in the rainy Northwest - Shawn and I are going to brew an Imperial Stout. Mustang Sally Super Stout will begin this afternoon. At 10% ABV- this monster beer should be awesome and will definitely keep us warm!