Home Grown Cascade Hops

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted November 21, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. We grew some hops this summer and so far we’ve used them in two batches of beer. We chose Cascade hops, known for their floral citrus hop character.…

Certified Beer Server

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted March 2, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. Months back I came across the Cicerone program, which is like a Sommelier for beer. While I don’t have any practical or professional need for such a thing…

Christmas Red Ale

This post was originally from a previous beer blog that we’re shutting down. It was originally posted February 7, 2012. We’re moving it here for archival purposes. In December we decided to brew a red ale.  This was only our second homebrewing attempt, the first being a Real Ale earlier in the year.  We tried…

The Best Fourth Outfielder in Baseball

The Giants’ Gregor Blanco has been described as the best fourth outfielder in baseball. He has filled in admirably the last four years for the Giants when the inevitable outfielder injury occurs. He has averaged 2.4 WAR over those four years despite never being considered a starter. He has only made one opening day lineup…

Who Got Lucky in 2015?

Winter is coming and baseball has once again forsaken us. We are left to over-analyze stats and obsess about free agents and trades. As I did in 2013 and 2014 I’ll try to find last season’s luckiest and unluckiest players in an attempt to find players likely to regress or improve (egress?) next season. First…

The Best

My favorite product rating sources are The Wirecutter and The Sweethome. They’re kind of like Consumer Reports, but instead of tedious charts breaking down every inane nuance, they just say: this thing is the best and you should buy it if you need one. You should probably just check them out instead of continuing to…