O’Darn Irish Ale is my latest brew. This summer I brewed F.M.A., a really good Irish Red Ale.
Over the course of the summer, I developed a real liking for hops. So I decided to add some more hops to the next batch I brewed.
It’s still a good ale, it has a great finish. But it’s a bit tart at the start.
Won’t be doing
that to this great Irish red again!
But I have a bit to work through before I have to worry about that. 🙂
And thanks to
Larry Hehn for the name idea!
The moment not so many of you have been waiting for…only one person I can think of, really…
But, drum roll please.
Announcing the name of my latest beer: F.M.A.!! [the crowd goes wild]
Give the weirdness of the last few brews, my wife asked me to brew one that she would drink. So I named this Irish Red Ale
“Förlåt Mig Ale”, which in English is “Forgive Me Ale.” (Cool how the acronym works in both languages, huh? [crowd chuckles in appreciation])
I was going to call it “Atonement Ale” but that sounded too pretentious. And I liked
Larry Hehn’s suggestion of calling it “O’Darn” given it’s Irish nature. But I’ve settled on F.M.A.
It’s sort of an apology for the last few. And a celebration of second chances (an third and fourth and fifth chances)! With the last few beers, I felt obligated to explain the history
as in the origin of a bock, or the spices used, or why the beer really tastes like an iced coffee.
Not so with this one. It’s just a good beer. Very drinkable, not high in alcohol content, and best of all, I don’t have to explain anything. I can just say, “Would you like a beer I brewed?”
So, bottoms up and I hope you have fun celebrating the Fourth of July in your own way!
Jack, Jack, bo-back,
I started a new batch of beer tonight. This time it’s an Irish Red Ale. And it’s once again time to ask your help in naming my brew.
If I were to use the Name Game song, would it be:
Ale, ale, bo-bale
Banana-fana fo- fale
last ale , so I’m thinking I’ll name this one “Atonement Ale” to atone for my past. 🙂 was a fail
What do you creative folks think? What other names would go with this theme?
The latest beer, a coffee stout porter, is now in bottles. In two weeks, it’ll be ready to drink.
But that didn’t stop me from trying it tonight. Take a look at it in the mug:
Nice and dark. The way I like my beers: opaque.
The addition of ground coffee to the second fermentation may have been a bit much. The coffee flavor is
very pronounced. Not a nice “hint” or “suggestion,” this coffee is in your face.
It reminds me of a bit of the failed Starbucks/Pepsi attempt at cold carbonated coffee drink called
Mazagran. (Remember that short-lived experiment?)
my cold coffee beverage has around 5.5% alcohol by volume. 🙂
If you quaff if, you can pick up the nice molasses notes. I hope the coffee decreases and the porter profile increases in the bottle conditioning.
Thanks to everyone the played my
name the porter game. Larry Hehn wins again but there were so many great suggestions, I’m going to have to brew many more coffee porters!
Overall, not the best beer I’ve brewed. But definitely drinkable!
Cale got a
rootbeer kit for Christmas. So last weekend we made it!
It tastes great…especially if you can get over the enormous amounts of sugar that are used!
Cale got so into it, he went online to look up the history of rootbeer!
And the label design was his idea!
In celebration of my latest homebrew,
Elf Warmer Ale, I got a bit goofy with ElfYourself.com. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks to Elizabeth, Tina, Carl, Rich, Frank, Sean, and Larry, I had a
lot of name suggestions for this brew!
Elf Warmer Ale
What Ales You?
Wintah’s Best Ale
Frikin Good Ale
Saint Marc’s Maine Ale
Immanu – Ale?
Yule Tied Ale? (labeled with a picture of Santa in a bow tie…)
Mull of Kintyre
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. 🙂