H2O, H2O everywhere

Catching up on my reading in the airport en route to NHC – this is a few days old, via FlandersNews.be:

The monks of the Notre-Dame Abbey of Saint-Remy are deeply concerned about the quality of their famous Trappist Beer Rochefort. The source providing the water for the making of the beer, is bound to dry up due to developments in a limestone quarry nearby. The abbey is situated 5 kilometres from Rochefort, in Namur province in the Ardennes.

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I’ll show you mine

Oh, what the search engines will make of that title …

A while back, a reader requested a buyer’s guide-type of piece on equipment – my gear, what I like and don’t like, etc. Here’s to wish fulfillment!

Because I live on disclaimers and hearing myself talk, two things before we start: Continue reading

on Minnesota hops

A reader posted this question to the “About” page of this blog:

I’m curious about your thoughts of the hops industry, or lack thereof in MN. It seems that there are breweries opening every month, but virtually no one in MN is growing hops at even a semi-commercial scale. Do you think this is a needed industry in MN, and do you think that the local brewers would prefer to brew with locally sourced hops?

… and as I’ve written and rewritten my thoughts on this, the response turned into something that needed more than a one-paragraph reply to a thread on a different topic.  Continue reading