This grappa was made in the back room of a law office somewhere in Edmonton. It’s ridiculously strong and I love it. It’s really hot to drink straight because it’s 55% but with a bit of water it’s quite smooth and the grape flavour really comes through. 

I will definitely drink it again.

Stone Stochasticity Project: Grainiac

“A stochastic event or system is one that is unpredictable due to the influence of a random variable.”

This has a shitload of uncommon malts in it. Grouse malted millet? Cararye?  I guess that’s the random variable? The hops are pretty standard. 

I would describe this as an Imperial pale ale. It’s strong on the malt and the hops. Strong but balanced. 

I wound definitely drink this again. 

Kitzmann Bergkirchweihbier

This beer is brewed for the Erlanger Bergkirchweih festival every year. Although being described a s a more cozy and smaller version of Munich’s Oktoberfest the Erlanger Bergkirchweih festival still manages to attract more than a million visitors each year. Normally unavailable in Canada it was lovingly transported here by my friend and newly planted German, Shannie Kosman.

It is a deliciously malty and clean marzen beer. It finishes very bright with just enough bitterness to balance the beer out. Iw ould definitely drink this again and hope to some day in Erlangen for the Bergkirchweih.


Santa’s Little Brother 

This is a English Bitter I made using the parti-gyle technique when I made this year’s Christmas beer, a barley wine called…Santa’s Little Helper. Parti-gale is a technique where you run off a second batch of wort when making a high gravity beer like a barley wine. 

I’d never tried it before so I thought, why not. I like the idea of two batches of beer for the price of one. Now that I’ve tried it I probably wouldn’t do it again. It took forever!

The resulting beer is…OK. It’s a bit too bitter. A bit too harshly bitter. I’ll drink it again because I have a keg of it but if I’d bought it I probably wouldn’t buy, and drink it again. 

Would you drink it again?