Ladies of Craft Beer

Well all, as you may or may not know, I am the President and founder of a group called the Ladies of Craft Beer. We are a group of women dedicated to educating other women on the wonders of craft beer. Our site officially launched on August 24, 2010, and as demand for administering two sites as well as writing for Mutineer Magazine and working up future events for LadiesOCB has become just too much for me to properly keep up and put out quality content, I will no longer post on Basicallyred- To Be Read, Basically.

Have no fear, though, because BasicallyRed has been folded into a “From the Editor” column on the Ladies of Craft Beer website. Check in there for the good word from BasicallyRed and subscribe for future updates.

Thanks for your support- Cheers!

~Red~

UPDATED: Beer for Boobs Brunch Attendee List

Beer for Boobs Brunch

Join the Ladies of Craft Beer for this mix and mingle event open to all people who support the growing population of amazing women that love craft beer.  This group is about creating a comfortable forum where people are encouraged to bring women into the craft beer world.

Freshcraft is a brand new restaurant in Denver focusing on amazing craft beer and thoughtfully prepared food.  They have graciously agreed to host our event and we are so excited!
Price includes food and several selections of discounted pints.  Over 50% of the proceeds will benefit a major breast cancer awarness charity in Denver.
This event is being held four blocks away from the Great American Beer Festival, as well as four blocks away from the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Current list of attendees:

Stevie Caldarola, founder of Ladies of Craft Beer

Taylor Shaw

Suzanne Schalow & Kate Baker

Maureen Basenburg & Hunter Basenburg

Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales

Laurie Delk

Angela ArpKim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Elizabeth Dougherty

Carol Farrar

Meredith Klinger

Rochelle Mills

Jennifer O’Connell

Micki Sievwright

Melanie Strachan

Lee Norman Williams

Stephen Johnson, John Holzer & Brad Kohlenberg of New Brew Thursday

Dr. Bill Sysak of Master Pairings

Tyson Arp & Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Ed Cox

John Chetbundit

Eric Farrar

Robert French

John Gideon

Update: New Attendees!  We’re 70% sold, don’t miss your chance to get a ticket!

Jennie Chen

Ashley Johnston

Jeremy Banas

Jen Buck

Craig Hendry

Sara Ivey

Devon King & Todd Neece

Carla & Ray Knott

Robert Kosman

Jeff Kupko

Randi Mauro

Joey McDaniel

Amie Mizell

Craige Moore

John Romero

Ken Roland

Rick Gideon

Renee Rounds & Jordan Rounds

Geoff Sawtell

Chris Spradley of Breweries, Bars, Beer & Food

Richard Stoner

Billy Broas

Brian Venus

Steven Barragan

Emily Wilson

Donna Yandle

Mel Ward & Ray Merkler

And…

You?

Homebrew Adventure Day #40 – Krausen Krausen Krausen

Krausen Krausen Krausen

Well- this is one active beer!  The farts got so bad on Sunday that I had to install a blow off tube.  It worked perfectly and the beer has been happily bubbling ever since.  Tonight I switched back to the airlock and this is how we’re looking now.

Can’t wait to try this puppy!  Cheers!

Homebrew Adventure Day #37 – Brew Day!

Saturday, August 14, 2010 – a day that will live in infamy…

Ok, well, that  may be sort of blasphemous, but it certainly will live in infamy to me.

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On Saturday, August 14, 2010, I brewed my first beer.

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It was fun and exciting and hard and frustrating and hilarious and super and I’m in love…

Armed with the knowledge I’d gained from reading The Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian, the equipment I’d purchased, and the support of my home brewing Twitfriends, I set out to brew a Belgian Black IPA.  Here is the story of my journey…

Stuck

Great way to start of the Brew Day- the carboy melded into the plastic bucket. How did I solve it? Heat them both in a hot water bath.

burner

Water

Good ol' fashioned Brooklyn water

Malts!

16oz of Special B, 16 oz of Crystal 20L

Steeping

The malts steeped for 30 minutes at 155°F, and yes- that is 10lbs of Liquid Dark Malt extract loosening up next to it

Recipe

The magical recipe

Ingredients

3 oz Warrior Hop Pellets, 4 oz Cascade Hop Pellets, WLP 530 Abbey Ale Yeast

Excited

Can you tell that I'm excited?

Brewer's World

This was my brewer's world...

Hops!

Hops!

Wort

Wort

Muppet feet

Pay no attention to the Muppet feet...

Pain in the BIPA

Introducing... Pain in the BIPA

So this is love

So this is love...

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Beer for Boobs Brunch

Beer for Boobs Brunch

Join the Ladies of Craft Beer for this mix and mingle event open to all people who support the growing population of amazing women that love craft beer.  This group is about creating a comfortable forum where people are encouraged to bring women into the craft beer world.

Freshcraft is a brand new restaurant in Denver focusing on amazing craft beer and thoughtfully prepared food.  They have graciously agreed to host our event and we are so excited!
Price includes food and several selections of discounted pints.  Over 50% of the proceeds will benefit a major breast cancer awarness charity in Denver.
This event is being held four blocks away from the Great American Beer Festival, as well as four blocks away from the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Current list of attendees:

Stevie Caldarola, founder of Ladies of Craft Beer

Taylor Shaw

Suzanne Schalow & Kate Baker

Maureen Basenburg

Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales

Laurie Delk

Angela ArpKim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Elizabeth Dougherty

Carol Farrar

Meredith Klinger

Rochelle Mills

Jennifer O’Connell

Michelle Sievwright

Melanie Strachan

And the boys…

Lee Norman Williams

Stephen Johnson & John Holzer of New Brew Thursday

Dr. Bill Sysak of Master Pairings

Tyson Arp & Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Ed Cox

John Chetbundit

Eric Farrar

Robert French

John Gideon

And…

You?

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Homebrew Adventure, Day #17 – Mikkeller’s Yeast Series Study

Ok- so, this is actually getting posted a bit out of sequence, but I did sample and review these 5 samples from Mikkeller Yeast Series on Day #17 of my homebrew adventure.

I think what Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is doing for the beer community is unparalleled right now in educational value.  Having these “Single Hop“, “Yeast” and even the Black Hole “Barrel” series have been essential to my education as a beer drinker and will give me a leg up for home brewing.

Here are my reviews of five of the yeast series beers, brewed with the same base single malt, single hop beer.

Yeasties!

Yeasties!

1. American-Style:

Nose: Slight pepper

Taste: Dirty grapefruity citrus and a bitter after taste show that this yeast compliments the hop and definitely allows more of the hop flavor through.

2. Lager

Nose:

Blogger’s Note: Honestly- I had nothing here on the nose.  It was a void to me.

Taste: More of a lean towards a malty flavor than the American-Style, this beer has a sweet start and a roasted finish.  It is refreshing and not overpowering.

3. Hefeweizen

Nose: Sweet corn, slight mesquite

Taste: In one word, it is Summer- light just like a witbier with the tang of natural orange cleaner.

4. Brettanomyces

Nose: Cherry Twizzlers, Red licorice shoe-strings

Taste: “FUNK-AY”  This beer is a very drinkable sour with fruity tones.  I called it fermented cranberry apple goodness, as well as my favorite of the bunch.

5. Belgian-Ale

Nose: Banana undertones, spice

Taste: Sweet and spicy deliciously ride on a wave of thick banana funk, proving that yeast really can make a all the difference.

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Honestly, the difference between all of these brews was astonishing to me.  I assumed there would be slight differences, as I know that each style has different characteristics.  But the blatant, screaming differences created a shock and awe campaign upon my tongue- rendering my palate sated but tired.

If you are new to the brewing (or even tasting) scene, I strongly suggest that you invest in this journey as I did.  The rewards are well worth it (as are the bragging rights!)

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Hopolates

Hopolates

Hopolates

Phillip Green is a man who loves his hops.  Phillip Green is also a man who loves his chocolate…

Phillip Green is a man with a plan.

Hop Candy, Inc. is Phillip’s brainchild- a mixture of his many passions.  Phillip infuses hops into the chocolate he makes, utilizing beer mug shaped molds to make the adorable little chocolates.  The detail in the chocolates is amazing- he even uses white chocolate to make the overflowing, carbonated head on the beer!

I think that Phillip has a great idea brewing with his Hopolate chocolates, and I told him as such when he offered to send me his wares.  However, the hop taste was a little strong for me.  I’m really excited to see what Phil comes up with in the future and maybe something with more of a hop essence than a full on hop taste would be better for someone like me- a person who is not a hardcore hop head, but definitely appreciates the taste of a good hop.  The chocolate wasn’t bad by any sense, but the taste was just a bit overpowering for me.

At the time Phil sent me his Hopolates, he already had two different styles he made, including a set that amber beer flavor mixed in.  I think that with some more refining, Phil has a really killer product on his hands and something that could help expand the growing craft beer industry.  Big props to Phil for his experimentation and exciting new prospect!

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