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Water of Life

Whiskey refraction

It takes a special kind of crazy to be a distiller.  Find a grain, persuade it to start sprouting, and dry it out.  Then grind it up, soak it in hot water, and let the sweet juice ferment into something

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Fourpenny House is Coming

Fourpenny prototype logo

Coming soon…   Everyone, I’m opening a restaurant.  Yes, my retirement plan has turned into a mid-life crisis and I will be opening a brewpub in La Mesa.  Over the next weeks you’ll see more information, teasers, and calls for

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Wheels, Manes, and Beers

Ch brushing mane

Let’s get down to brass tacks:  I need to write more.  The blog has been suffering from regular updates and I hope to change that by, drumroll please, lowering standards!  No more need for coherent and well-organized blog posts.  Nope.

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Let’s Talk Beer

Soutowood beer caddy

Before we get into talking and words and all that extra “content” you have to wade through on the internet just to get to cute pictures of cats or AMAZING AB TRICKS, let’s look at a picture.   Nice, huh?

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Skunks, Dancing Dolls, and Floral Beer

Emily dances

I was awoken this morning by something you don’t want to be woken by:  the pungent stench of fresh skunk.  Had it been sleeping on my pillow?  I couldn’t sleep so I wandered into the living room and it was

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Adonis

Adonis Belgian golden strong ale

He’s strong and golden, a god among men, a lover among gods.  The Festival of Adonis was celebrated by women sowing seeds of wheat and barley, so it’s an appropriate name for a beer.  And Adonis was worshiped by girls

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Providing Food and Drink

N2 has a shortbread party

In the earliest days there were creatures around a fire and someone’s job was to keep the food and drink coming.  I trace a hairline in my genetics back to that first server.  Despite all the other advances in my

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Portraits and Pints

Last of Marlborough IPA

CH did her first portrait of me, one that required posing and time and deliberate work.  This was her first drawing that wasn’t a stylized representation (eyes, mouth, hair) but a recreation of what she saw when she looked at

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Never Give Up

Clear Harvest Ale

Sometimes you give up too early.  I’ve written about beers that didn’t work when I thought they would be great, and others that rose from the ashes to be wonderful.  Last night I went out to the beer fridge int he

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Making Christmas

Christmas bread rising

One of my greatest joys in life is working in the kitchen.  I think it takes a man to say that, unafraid of the social mores of ignoring football on Sunday.  I don’t give a rat’s ass what the San

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