Ales From the Hood

Home-brewing for the greater good…

Summer Amber

This summer I’ve been working my way through a series of amber ale experiments. Two came out particularly nice. Here’s the first… Ingredients: 1 lb Belgian special roast crystal 5 lbs. … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

International Beer Review – Carakale

Beer drinkers in or traveling through the Middle East should sit up and take note. Your days headache-inducing Amstel, and watery bottled Heineken are over. Jordan has its first ever … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

International Beer Review – Cerveza Suprema

I’ve already shared my opinion that commercially produced lagers all taste pretty much the same. And so it should come as no surprise whatsoever to learn that El Salvador’s Cerveza … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Solid Amber Ale: Recipe

Need a good, go-to Amber Ale recipe? Here’s mine. This recipe gets you a solid, crowd-pleaser. Light enough to drink year-round, enough ABV to make it worth your while, and … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Equipment 102: the next level

Okay. So, you’ve got your basic set-up (see Equipment 101). Maybe you’ve brewed once or twice – and voila! You got beer! Drinkable beer. You proved to yourself that home-brewing … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Jolly Roger IPA”

Here is the much-belated recipe for “Jolly Roger IPA”, as promised in the previous post. I have a love-hate relationship with IPAs. I like the intensity and hoppiness, but most … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Labeling Your Home-brew

So you’ve got your process down, you’ve got one or two of your own recipes pretty close to where you want it. Maybe you’re getting a bit of a following … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

International Beer Review – Biere Niger

And, it’s time for another international beer review. This time, Biere Niger from–you probably guessed it–Niger. I once wrote that “all commercially produced lagers taste pretty much the same.” I … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Home-brew etiquette

Some people make brownies or jam to share around. But having a neighbor or colleague who gives you bottles of home-brew takes it all to a whole other level. Yes, … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Team House Home-brew

As some of you know, I’m a humanitarian aid worker in real life. And as those of you who have been in a disaster response know, the acquisition and consumption … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

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