While the beer itself has great malt flavor and an appropriate amount of hops, this beer turned out way too dark. Turns out I missed the fact that Jamil was calling for 350L roasted barley and I used 500L. Figured this out over here.
Next batch, I will pull back both the Crystal 120L and the roasted barley. Lesson learned.
A friend invited me out to DuClaw @ Arundel Mills yesterday. I got a special treat to try two different firkins! A wit spiced with cinnamon and vanilla and a imperial porter with peppermint. While I would say these beers weren’t my thing, it was an impressive thirsty crowd that had gathered.
Best part of the night for me – trying the Double IPA – Serum. Amazing how balanced it was.
This looks like it isn’t going to be the year of direct wine shipping in MD. Eye on Annapolis has some great coverage of yesterdays proceedings.
Via MMBWL Facebook. Hooray for MD Sen Bobby Zirkin. At least one legislator has some common sense. Possibly he represents his constituents? *sarcasm*
“Zirkin independently offered an amendment today to SB 858 (Winery Improvement act, which had made it onto the floor) to allow Direct Shipping of Wine. The Senate will vote on this on Tuesday. “
If you haven’t been paying attention, check this out.
Great post on the HoCo Rising blog. Sen. Joan Carter Conway’s fundraising reports are dissected and attribution is placed on the portion from the alcohol lobby (at least the ones that can figured out).
Couple this with the informative article from the Washington Post.
“The industry’s network of political action committees, 120,000 employees, and powerful distributors and wholesalers have contributed more than $1.3 million to state lawmakers since 2000, according to campaign finance reports.
They have also spent nearly $900,000 in the past five years to maintain a stable of lobbyists and lawyers in Annapolis whose firms have represented the industry for more than three decades, according to state ethics reports.
General Assembly sessions are kicked off with a roughly $16,000-open-bar reception for lawmakers and their families, and the industry’s wining and dining usually continues, such as with a $2,500 steak dinner Feb. 3 at Lewnes Steakhouse, an Annapolis institution. “
If you are still wondering why the Direct Wine Shipping Bill isn’t going to pass anytime soon, look no further.