Brewing a New Porter: Naming Help Needed


I had a “little” help starting my next brew today. πŸ™‚

The base was Northern Brewer’s Peace Coffee Stout Porter. But reading Dogfish Head founder Sam Caligione’s Brewing Up a Business inspired me to experiment. (I actually experimented on my very first beer, Bombadil Stout.)

In reading a bunch of porter recipes this morning, I noticed many used molasses. So…I poured in molasses to this one!

Given that it is a coffee porter, perhaps I should get this mug. πŸ™‚

But once again, I need your help in coming up with a name. Ever since college, I’d dreamed about brewing a “Pastor’s Porter.” But now that that pastoring is in limbo, I’m thinking of more creative names like “PSP: Pint Sized Porter” (given the pint sized help I got today!).

How about you? What creative names can you come up with for a porter with coffee and molasses?

If you’re not familiar with porters…you’re missing out! But you can read about them here at Wikipedia’s porter page. They have a cool history.

Elf Warmer Ale – The Latest Brew from Pitman Brewing

Thanks to Elizabeth, Tina, Carl, Rich, Frank, Sean, and Larry, I had a lot of name suggestions for this brew!

  • Holiday Scotch-hops
  • Elf Warmer Ale
  • What Ales You?
  • Wintah’s Best Ale
  • Frikin Good Ale
  • Saint Marc’s Maine Ale
  • Santas Stout
  • Holiday Hammeredtime!
  • Colossal Wassail?
  • Immanu – Ale?
  • Manger Ale?
  • Yule Tied Ale? (labeled with a picture of Santa in a bow tie…)
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Mull Tipple

I decided to go with “Elf Warmer Ale.”

It’s all bottled and the labels are made. (I had fun with the ElfYourself.com.) Should be “officially” ready in 2 weeks…but I’m enjoying some of the fruit of my labor right now. πŸ™‚

More naming help: Next homebrew is a Spiced Winter Ale

Christmas is fast approaching, so I’ve got to get my Christmas brew started today!

Last year, I called a similar brew Advent Ale. Weird to think that:

  1. it was only my second batch of home brewed beer!
  2. And that I started it in September. Oy am I behind!

The ingredients I got in the mail yesterday are different from last year’s brew. So it needs a new name!

And you guys are GREAT at helping with names! Nuttin’ Ales ME and Bock of Ages were both terrific!

NorthernBrewer.com calls it a “Spiced Winter Ale.” Here’s what they say:

We started with a malty, medium-bodied Scottish-style ale. We added a hand-mixed blend of mulling spices: Ceylon cloves, cracked cinnamon, allspice, cardamom and mace. The result is a pleasant, festive holiday ale, perfect to share with friends and family.

So, what would you name this brew? Crazy and off-the-wall suggestions are definitely allowed! πŸ™‚

Bock of Ages


My latest brew, the bock, is bottled. I can’t wait to taste it…but I’ll have to. It’ll be another four more weeks. *sigh*

In the interest of full disclosure, I did enjoy an early taste. Not all the bock made it in the bottle…
The bock that didn't get bottled on TwitPic

According to Wikipedia:

Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Roman Catholic monks in Germany. During the Spring religious season of Lent, monks were required to fast. High-gravity Bock beers are higher in food energy and nutrients than lighter lagers, thus providing sustenance during this period. Similar high-gravity Lenten beers of various styles were brewed by Monks in other lands as well. It was rumored that Martin Luther drank this beer during the Diet of Worms.

I had some incredible name ideas on my blog post Help name my Bock. These included:

  • John Lawlor
    Bock and Roll :}

  • Rob Hatch
    Taking cue from your new book, to name your new β€œBock”. I offer this: β€œCask Without Fear”.

  • Larry Hehn
    In honor of the classic Bill Cosby routine, we could call it β€œBock Bock Number One”

    If you make it again you could call it β€œRe-Bock”

    For the Star Trek fans we could call it β€œMisters Bock”

    Bock of Ages

  • Malia Taylor
    β€œBock Off: Straight from the Pit(man) of Hell”

    Would Luther have laughed or been offended? You decide.

  • Jenn Phillips
    How about BockFlip? Think of the tie-ins!

  • Janice Murray
    How about Bock-Mor

  • Scott Maentz
    Holy Water

    Bock of Ages

    I Knead a Bock

    Bock Off!

    Butt Head Bock

    Bock Me Up

    Baby Got Bock

  • James Sack
    For a self-deprecating look, how about β€˜Maine de Bock el’?

  • Rich Gouette
    considering the Germanic geographical reference:

    β€œThe Worminator”

  • Cara Armstrong
    Right Bock atcha

    bock,bock, bock bock Bock (as in the Cadbury Bunny Style)

    in the style of a Dire Straits tune from the 80’s β€œBock of Life” (walk of life)

    Mock’s Bock

    Bock Bock Goose

I’ve laughed out loud a number of times looking over this. Thanks for the chuckles.

As you can see by the image above, I’ve chosen “Bock of Ages.” I hope St. Martin would approve. (I think he would. And I’d be interested in learning about this Diet of Worms… *grin*)

Help name my Bock

I’m in the process of brewing a new batch of beer. This time it’s a Bock. Bock’s have a cool liturgical history. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Bock is a strong lager which has origins in the Hanseatic town Einbeck, Germany. The name is a corruption of the medieval German brewing town of Einbeck, but also means “Bock” (male deer or goat) in German. The original Bocks were dark beers, brewed from high-colored malts. Modern Bocks can be dark, amber or pale in color. Bock was traditionally brewed for special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent.

Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Roman Catholic monks in Germany. During the Spring religious season of Lent, monks were required to fast. High-gravity Bock beers are higher in food energy and nutrients than lighter lagers, thus providing sustenance during this period. Similar high-gravity Lenten beers of various styles were brewed by Monks in other lands as well (see Trappist beer). It was rumored that Martin Luther drank this beer during the Diet of Worms.

What should I call it? There are a lot of ideas from the Wikipedia article.

“I’ll be Bock.”, with a nod to the Terminator, is an option.

So are names playing off of Johann Sebastian Bach.

I’m sure there are even more. What would you name it?

Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!

There was a great joke on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! this morning. Well many, but only one about Inbev’s purchase of Budweiser.

Evidently, the deal was sealed when Inbev, the company behind Bass Ale and Beck’s, promised to not mess with the Budweiser formula. Apparently there was concern that Inbev might change Budweiser to make it actually taste like beer. πŸ™‚