I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution kind of guy. I don’t need to lose weight. My only vice (if you can call it one) is drinking beer and I’m not about to stop doing that. I’m generally pretty happy with things. I’m a perfect Dad and a better husband. Right, dear? Honey …?
Anyway, there’s not much to resolve to change in my life. But, thanks to my latest brew, 2013 may be different.
The carbonation on my Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale is complete. As the black brew tumbles into a glass it piles up a fat, foamy, beige head and I’m trying to control my excitement. Could this be my second relatively successful brew this year? My kumquat witbier was satisfying but not quite perfect. It had a nice witbier feel to it and some citrus from the kumquats but it was fairly inconsistent from bottle to bottle. And after a while I started to look elsewhere in the fridge for refreshment. So I’m really hoping this dark brew will hold my attention and make me eager to open another.
It looks just about perfect. It’s pretty much jet-black with maybe a trace of dark mahogany around the edges underneath that solid head....