Down on the farm - early this morning we pulled out a few weeds from our vegetable patch. Things are looking great , the spuds both the organic and non organic have sprouted really well and the silverbeet, radishes and turnips are looking good. Everything is organic except two rows of spuds - new spuds for Xmas dinner maybe !
On Tap this week -The weather is getting cooler that means it's time for dark beer so first up we have my favorite style of beer - Black Isle Porter 4.2% , Masses of dark roasted malt produces this dry full-bodied ruby black beer. This beer glides across the palate like a mythical monster on a frozen loch - a wonderful balance of bitterness with a light chocolate finish.
Yesterday we drove out to our community farm to check on our vege patch , we have put in a lot of work so far and now we are starting to see the results. We planted out the following vege , potatoes, cabbage, parsnips, silverbeet, onions, turnips, garlic, carrots, radishes . Already many of the vege we have planted have sprouted already partly in thanks to the automatic sprinklers which are set to go off 3 times a day at the farm . After a bit of weeding with planted more turnips and some radishes as well. Below are a few photos taken yesterday.
Goldeneye Pale Ale ABV 5.6 %
A true pale ale. The full body and rich gold color comes from a blend of wheat, pale ale and crystal malts. It's floral and lime citrus nose is created by the extensive use of carefully selected New World aroma hops. The final stage of dry hopping then produces a rich berry flavor for a big refreshing, satisfying brew.
Winner in the 2012 Soil Association Organic Food Awards.
If you missed last nights Celtic session , you can always check the fantastic video below filmed by Maxime . Thanks everyone who came along last night it was awesome !
For a few years now our good friends at Cafe Hocco in Mitsuke have been running bus tours to Nagano to visit the popular Oh La Ho brewery. This year Albannach and Rhino craft beer bar in Nagaoka joined up with Cafe Hocca for a great day out. The bus picked us up from Niigata then drove to Mistuke , then Nagaoka. We arrived at Oh la Ho brewery around 11am after a 3 hour bus ride and then could either take a bath at their onsen complex next door , a tour of a local winery or a brewery tour . Tamaki & I chose the brewery tour followed by an all you can drink bar at a fantastic buffet which featured many of the local grown fresh vegetables that Nagano is so popular for. I started off with a full cup of Captain Kid double IPA which was far too hoppy for me and then decided to try half cups of everything until I found the one I liked best which was their amber ale . I really enjoyed their Barley Wine but at ABV 15% you can not afford to drink very much of it. There was a great local blues band playing and I got to do the opening Kanpai ( Cheers ) toast to the crowd . On the return trip home we stopped off at a service area and picked up a great big bag of Nagano apples which have since been made into apple pies. We are looking forward to joining them again next year as well. Pictured below is a slide show taken on the brewery tour
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