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

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