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Saison for the Bee Keepers

This is more of a story about the brewing of a beer than anything else. My original brew partner (Daniel) has had two children since we first started brewing five years ago, so we rarely get to brew together. This was a rare event to be able to brew alone like we used to. The brew day started off perfectly, the weather was warm and there bees were flying around. We decided to brew a Saison for the fall to capture the perfect warm fall day. We were mashed in and were cleaning as we went, when Daniel suddenly screamed and found a bee up his pant leg. The bee stung him and I laughed as I asked if he was allergic. He said he wasn't but that all changed quickly... Fifteen minutes later he turned to me with his face swollen to twice the normal size. He quickly headed over to the drug store for Benadryl. He returned a few minutes later with the pills and took a few, chasing them with a little beer. All seemed fine until he fell out of his chair onto the floor nearly unconscious. After calling his wife, my girlfriend, and a doctor, we headed over to the ER, but not before I stopped recurring the wort and set up to mash out. After a short wait in the waiting room and 2 hours with a doctor, we found out Daniel had developed a deadly Bee allergy. After a life time of being a hobbyist bee keeper he had lost all resistance to bee stings. After the ER and a day of panic we returned back to my house to finish the beer. To always remember his near death experience, we added the dead bee to the mash-out and a small amount of honey to the wort.
Brew Date: 
09/03/2011
Brewed By: 
Izzy
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Elkwood Brown

This is a hoppy American Brown Ale. I recently revised the recipe to make use of some of the "New Grains" being stocked at the Home Beer, Wine and Cheese Shop, and it won the little New Grains Recipe Contest we had this summer. It also took a first place in the L.A. County Fair.
Brew Date: 
05/14/2011
Brewed By: 
Fletch, aka Brewgyver
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Bugged Out Oats

Another in a series of oatty beers and a split batch for different effects. This is my exploration of the East Coast Yeast Company's Bug Farm Series (Bug Farm V) and the new Candi Syrup D-90 out of North Carolina.
Brew Date: 
08/14/2011
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Big Red A.S.S.

Dark red with a touch of spice and roast, hopped to hell and back, this beer would have been my entry in the "new grains" contest. As it turned out, I couldn't get off of work for that particular meeting, so I had to drink all 5 gallons myself! Actually, I did bring a growler to the July shop brew/LACF check-in, where it was well-received.
Brew Date: 
08/08/2011
Brewed By: 
Jim McGowan
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Fat Cat Sweet Stout

Back around Memorial Day, I lost my one of my big fat silver blue sweetheart of a cat, Mark. In his honor, I whipped up this recipe
Brew Date: 
07/31/2011
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Y'allternative Oatwine

The alternative barleywine series returns! Taking advantage of the Shop now carrying Thomas Fawcett Oat Malt, we bring you some oaty goodness. And since I'm an old school movie fan we made this an "oater" with the addition of a heaping helping of Amarillo.
Brew Date: 
07/24/2011
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Robert Cortez, Kent Fletcher, Larry Gonzales, Ryan Moriarty, Chris Shultz
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dave & Rich's Dark Mild -- "new grains"

Rich & i worked up a decently tasty dark mild and this is the adaptation using the Shop's 2011 "new grains". A moderately complex 1.040 beer that was dynamite on the hand pump!
Brew Date: 
06/14/2011
Brewed By: 
dave
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Little Ghost Saison

This was the "starter" Saison that I brewed to generate my yeast cakes for the "Big Ghost". Don't discount this little guy, he's a keeper.
Brew Date: 
09/01/2009
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Saison Guacamole

This was another of the giant collection of "California Saisons" that I made for my 2011 AHA talk and Club Night. Awesomely weird and inspired by the Avocado trees in my backyard. I know this sounds strange, but it really works!
Brew Date: 
05/30/2011
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Big Ghost Saison

This is a big bold bugger of a Super Saison. Inspired by the idea generating factory of Fantome and using a culture of their strain grown in a batch of a smaller beer. This was a big hit at the 2011 AHA Conference.
Brew Date: 
10/01/2009
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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