Tasting Notes: Katastrophic Humiliation

These notes will be in media res, unedited, rough drafts.  They happened at the tapping party, with friends, in the crowd.  For those who don't know, Kingman's local brewery, Black Bridge, entered several beers earlier this year in the Arizona Strong Beer Festival. The gold medal went to Katastrophic Humiliation, a barley-wine style ale made…

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The Brewer’s Barrel

It's been thirteen months since I have brewed a beer.  It's been approximately twenty-five months since I have brewed a successful beer.  Yeah, the last one just, sort of, kinda, well ... exploded.  I had planned an awesome Winter of Brewing, beginning in October of 2012.  This did not occur.  Life conspires.  Time expires. As…

More Belgian-ness

I was in the mood for Belgian beer again.  I considered Three Philosophers but ended up with Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.  It's 8.5% abv and packaged in a 25 ounce bottle. It's very foamy.  The head is off white and looks like a plaster or that foamy insulation stuff.   Well,…