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.
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
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 http://www.goodellbrewing.com. 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