Beer Journal Wear
When writing about beer adventures I often have images that come along with the story. Many times I will couple the story with the image in the form of a tee shirt. If you like the story, great. If you like the image, you can bring it home with you, too.
I've loved the saison beer style since my first taste of Saison Dupont. The image I wanted a simple, minimalist design for this light, seasonal beer. The Saison style is a French word from saison, season, referencing the fact that these beers were usually brewed in farmhouses in the winter brewing season for drinking in the summer by les saisonniers, the seasonal farm workers. This tee shirt was inspired by the Deep Beer journal post - Farmhouse Beers.
Barrel Aged - American White Oak
I simply find barrels fascinating. The fact that we can take something as simple as a wood plank, fashion it in a way that can create a liquid-proof container is amazing. And yet, the wooden barrel has been around for some 2,000 years. I guess much of my amusement is that I don't have enough confidence in my own woodworking skills so that I hold this functional art in such high esteem.
Beer aged in a bourbon barrel, or any liquor barrel for that matter, gets my attention. I love the complexity that this additional element brings to the flavor of a beer. Of course, working as a professional forester for 40-years helps develop a natural attraction. The white oak (Quercus alba) of which most domestic whiskey barrels are crafted from, has been a favorite tree for as long as I remember. Strong, majestic in form, and full of utility. This tee shirt was inspired by the Deep Beer journal post - Bourbon Barrel Genius.
Have a Nice Flight
When I want to maximize my tasting options at a new brewery I like test flight, a row of 4 or 5 four-ounce samples. Red Rocks [Salt Lake City] was an easy walk from my hotel, so I stopped in for a few of their beers. I looked over the beer menu, asked if they offered flights. "We can give you two", was his reply. I tasted from my two and ordered a couple more. "Nah, you have to finish those before I can serve you any others", said my barkeep. "Really!" This tee shirt was inspired by the Deep Beer journal post - Beer On The Road: Utah