Shamrock Open XX Competition Results

My hometown homebrewing club, CARBOY, puts on a great competition every March called the Shamrock Open. This year, the 20th Annual event was held on March 7th. I entered three beers this year: my Lite American Lager, Dark American Lager, and the Spruce is Loose.

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Brew Day – The Spruce is Loose

This is a recipe that I was inspired to create following a tasting at Craggy Brewing (now closed) in Asheville, North Carolina during my honeymoon in May 2012.  It had a very strong spruce flavor and aroma that no one except for my wife, Hillary, seemed to enjoy.  I didn’t really give too much thought to brewing one myself because I had no idea where to obtain the spruce.

A few years later while reading up on beer recipes on various internet forums, I came across recipes for spruce beer that also linked to a vendor, Spruce On Tap. A four ounce package of spruce tips for $16 seemed like a good opportunity to try something new. And thus began: The Spruce is Loose.  Continue reading

Winterbrew 2015 Competition Results

The Winterbrew 2015 competition was held on January 17, 2015 by the Square Kegs Homebrew Club in Chicago. I was so impressed with how they put together the Hirter Überbrew German lager competition over the summer that I knew I had to send some entries in for the winter event.

I entered in the three beers that I had on tap – the Lite American Lager, a Dark American Lager, and a Traditional Bock. Of the three, I expected the two American lagers to do well. The dark lager is especially delicious, and more complex than expected despite its simple recipe. I was a bit hesitant about even sending in the bock because of an odd sourness that has developed while carbonating. But I had already paid the entry fee, so I bottled it up and wished it luck.

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New Website Moving Forward into 2015!

With 2014 ending tonight, I’m looking forward to 2015.I don’t think there’s a better time to refocus on this blog and all sharing all of the brewing-related adventures I get into.

For Christmas this year, Hillary surprised me by purchasing the domain She’s moved the blog to this new and awesome domain and has completely revamped the website. It has a new format, new pages, and new posting goals.  Continue reading

Brew Day – Panty Dropper Kölsch

We’ve had a serious heat wave going on for the past few days here in North Carolina. I had meant to brew last weekend but was distracted by a quick trip to Kitty Hawk with some friends. Despite the record-setting heat (105°!), the wife was demanding that her favorite Panty Dropper Kölsch be on tap this summer and you know I can’t say no to my wife. If she demands the Panty Dropper, she will have the Panty Dropper! Continue reading

Brew Day – Vienna Lager

November 6, 2011 was a beautiful, sunny day to do some brewing. It was one of those fall days where the breeze was cool and crisp but the sun still held hints of summer.; a shorts with a long sleeved t-shirt kind of day.

I spent the afternoon brewing up a vienna lager. According to BeerAdvocate, a traditional Vienna lager is brewed using a three step decoction boiling process. Munich, Pilsner, Vienna toasted and dextrin malts are used, as well wheat in some cases. Subtle hops, crisp, with residual sweetness. Although German in origin and rare these days, some classic examples come from Mexico, such as: Dos Equis and Negra Modelo. A result of late 19th century immigrant brewers from Austria. Continue reading

We’ve updated the website!

I have neglected this website for way too long.  Trust me, I have been much more active in the homebrewery than this site suggests. Take a look around, and you’ll see I’ve started to update the Goodell Beers page with a list of current and past brews. I’m also going to try to start taking photos during my brew days to post along with a blog update. The most exciting change to the website, however, is the newly added Awards and Recognitions page. Seriously. I’ve won enough awards to justify a list on this website. That’s a crazy good feeling. Continue reading

Homebrew Taste Test: American Wheat

A little over a month ago I brewed up a batch of Kent’s Hollow Leg American Wheat.   This beer aimed to be a crisp, wheaty, super-drinkable brew that Hillary could enjoy on the patio after a long day at work.  After 2 weeks spent in the primary fermenter and 2 more weeks in bottles, we decided to crack one of these babies open to see how things were progressing.

Our first reaction: eeehhhhh it’s oookkkkk… Continue reading