Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pre Vacation Stress

Ireland is less than two weeks away. I've got the sleep medication to knock myself into a coma for the
plane ride. I've got my mini bottles of shampoo and deodorant. The hotels are booked. Everything is good to go. But the one thing you can't put on hold as an Engineer is your work. How do you cope? If you're lucky, you give it to someone else. But in my field it's not that easy. No. Instead you bust your ass before hand to try to catch up, only to come back to a pile of emergencies. Is it worth it? YOU BET.

Of course that means I haven't had much time to do much beer drinking or brewing. I did have a banana bread beer that was awful, and therefore will remain nameless. Not Chelada bad, but bad. So here's a trip around the internet.

The Top 20 Breweries Taking Over America
It gets me all sorts of excited to see how craft beer is taking over America. It makes me wish that I could jump on the bandwagon while it's roaring down the dirt road pulled by way too many oxen that you purchased along with your way to many cases of ammo in Oregon Trail. Regardless, for now all I can do is sit back and drink all the goodness it provides. Some of these breweries on the list I've never remotely heard of, so I assume they're out of my region. I'm really happy to see New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and Bell's near the top of the list. They all produce some killer beers. I am a little surprised about the number one pick. Many craft beer purists are going to thumb their Beer Snob noses at the first place selection, but read the article and decide to yourself.

Advanced Stainless Steel Growler and Personal Keg
I love me some innovation. There has been an influx of new growlers coming out. But this one takes the cake so far. Not only is it totally sweet looking, comes in different colors, and is engravaeble; but it also has a system to turn it into it's own little mini-keg. Looks like the project will be moving forward as they've secured 236 thousand dollars of their requested $30k.

Can you turn bad beer into good beer?
Can you use a french press to turn bad beer into good beer? The idea seems sound. You are just going to have to read this one and find out the results. Some praise to Gizmodo for at least loosely following the scientific method.

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