Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Distillery Dames

So our first Distillery Dames meeting was this month and it was an experience...to say the least. About 25 women showed up and hopefully more next time! Also, Sam Huba volunteered to help with making the logo for our group and I'll post it as soon as it's ready! We had Mr. David Little (the only man allowed in our meetings) put on an informative talk about the basics of beer.  We sampled a Czeck Pilsner, Founders Centennial IPA (YUM), Avery White Rascal...etc... After this meeting I thought it might be nice to inform some of my readers on the simple logic of beer, how its made, different styles and all that good stuff.

To start off, you need to know that beer is usually made of four elements: Water, Barley, Yeast and Hops (my favorite part). Yeast is what makes the difference between an ale and a lager, yeast fermenting at the top of the tank makes an ale, while at the bottom would make a lager. Lagers will come up tasting more clean and crisp, like a Pilsner or an Octoberfest. Ales will be more complex and full in flavor like a Brown or IPA. Ill save the other ingredients for another posting but its just that when I waitress I get a lot of requests for "Just pick me out an ale..."....then I come back with a delicious IPA and they really meant that they wanted something like a pilsner....

Also at the Dames meeting, David said something that I loved and thought it is pretty quotable for this blog...When asked what his favorite beer is, he said, "the one in my hand."


  1. Good to see a new beer geek! If you like really hoppy beers, try to get your hands on Bells Hop Slam or Lake Erie Monster. You won't be disappointed

  2. hopslam is one of my favorite! I'll see if I can find the Monster one around here. thanks for the tip!