From November, 2009

Fun Fact: Church Key

After being offered a couple of church keys by a local beer distributor to help with the beer I had bought I wondered how a bottle opener could possibly become associated with a church key. Turns out, the term came into use because the device looked like the handles of ornate keys, many of which were church keys. According to Michael Quinion, the term first appeared in print in 1951 but was probably in use by the 1930s.  – Giancarlo

Fun Fact: Beer Stein Lids

This post begins a series of fun beer facts that we have collected while pursuing our enthusiasm for beer. About a month ago Rich and his roommate gave me a stein and got me thinking about why someone drinking beer might want to cover it with a lid and when this development occured. After some quick research I came across and article in the Beer Stein Library that sufficiently satisfied my curiosity. Apparently the covered stein had its origins in 14th and 15th century efforts to keep the bugs that invariably followed an outbreak of plague from getting into the…

Revolution of the Beer 1000 brews a porter

Sea Cliff NY- On November 8, Revolution of the Beer 1000 met again in Sea Cliff to brew its third beer. After a brown ale and belgian wit, we decided to brew a brown porter using an all grain kit bought from Austin Homebrew Supply. This account will not be as detailed as Mike’s breakfast stout but I will give you some of the basics. Our total grains weighed 10 1/2 lbs. 9 lbs was Marris Otter, 4oz chocolate malt, 40z black patent. 2 oz of hops were added, 1oz of challenger and 1oz of kent golding. We only have…

Where’s the Murphy’s?!

(So, I tried to update this post and I accidentally deleted it. I was able to retrieve it, so here it is, and it’s not updated. However, let it be known — The Field did have Murphy’s and it was just as delicious as I had hoped.) Boston, MA — This is my first BeerUnion post and, to be honest, I’m a little nervous. Mike set the bar pretty high with that elaborate brewday play-by-play… Anyways, I’m writing to follow up on a comment Mike made in an earlier post. It’s true, we have been “drinking more Murphy’s than water”…

Zeppelin Biergarten, a satisfying experience.

Jersey City-NJ The new Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City is a great beer experience. I was as happy as the mustache in their poster. The biergarten itself was very nice, high ceilings, appropriately long tables, live music and a fireplace. Unfortunately it was chilly and raining so the outdoor area was closed but there will definitely be a return trip when the weather is nice. The food was overpriced but decent and a half liter of draught beer was six dollars. I had my first taste of Tennent’s Scottish Ale which was disappointing. There really was not much to…

Mike’s Recent Homebrews

Bronx NY- I recently was given four homebrews by Mike. Excited, I first opened his Scottish heavy. There was little head retention but the lack of carbonation was enjoyable, almost like a cask ale. It had a smooth finish that was pleasing to the palate. Mike based the IPA off of Greenflash IPA. Mike certainly captured the unmistakable floral smells of Greenflash. Nice head retention helped those smells to remain throughout drinking. The bitterness forced slow drinking, which I welcomed since it allowed me to savor it more. All in all the brews impressed me. It was the first time…

Brew Day – Breakfast is served all day in Boston!

The Publick House, a local business I frequent near my residence, is a perfect place to grab a more-than-slightly overpriced pint. 9 dollars for a 11oz. pour can get discouraging very quickly, especially when one is on a budget. I rationalize it by calling each glass an “inspiration” for my next homebrew endeavor. However, in my opinion Publick House carries the most unique and widest selection of beers in Boston. One brewery out of Michigan in particular, Founders Brewing (BA link), has consistently made an impression on my palate. I thoroughly enjoy both their scotch ale, Dirty Bastard and their…

Fightin’ Wit gets bottled

Sea Cliff NY- Revolution of the Beer One Thousand bottled its second brew this past Saturday. Initially we were concerned by the absence of flaked wheat at the Larkfield Brew Shop but the color was spot on during bottling and hopefully the taste will be too. After cleaning labels off the bottles with oxyclean and sanitizing solution we baked the bottles for about 2 hours at 300 degrees to make sure that they are sterile. We cleaned 48 bottles which turned out to be the perfect number. Fightin’ Wit will have its debut at Thanksgiving and be followed by Wolfgang…