first batch of beer. In fact, of the 46 bottles we put up, there are only about a dozen left in the basement. Before you start worrying, many of them went to Columbus and on to friends and relatives. It's been a rough couple months, but not quite that rough.
I guess the fact that so much of it is gone is the best testimony, though, to the fact that it was (and is) really good! Not just palatable, but tasty: dry, malty without being sweet, a little hoppy, and with modest carbonation that makes it drink like an English draft ale.
The inaugural tasting happened at my mom's house in Columbus a few weeks ago, where we paired it with (what else?) my sister's fabulous homemade pizza.
The following week we made our own homemade pizza and broke out a couple more bottles: delicious.
I'm afraid Jane may be right: this could easily turn into an obsession. In fact, we've just received our second and third kits from Northern Brewer.
Next up: "The Innkeeper," described as being similar to Bass Pale Ale. Once we get that started, we'll be heading up to South Hills Brewing to get a secondary fermentor so we can make the "Chinook IPA." And Tom's got a bug to make mead at some point. Stay tuned!