I awake on Sunday feeling much better. So much so that I suggest we go to the Pancake House for breakfast. I'm feeling back in a bacon mood.
The breakfast is pretty good. If slightly odd, as it includes bacon, fried eggs and a pancake but no toast. It's bit weird mopping up the yolk with a pancake. We can't linger long as today's event starts at 14:00.
It's at a homebrew shop but has been organised by the Free State Homebrew Club Guild. Much like yesterday's event, hombrewers have made some of the recipes. The format is the same: I improvise around the riff of the recipe for a while, as everyone samples the beer. It works well. And I'm in much better form, the food poisoning having been thrown off.
The turnout is smaller than yesterday, when I drew more than a hundred. Probably about half that number today. It's fun talkiing to an audience of home brewers. They ask intelligent, relevant questions. And mostly ones I have answers to. They're always the best type of question.
Someone has brewed a Grätzer. It's sour. Luckily the brewer realises that's not how the style usually is, so there's no need for me to rant. I tell him it's more like a Lichtenhainer.
I'm really happy that the 1839 Reid IPA has been brewed. Even happier whern I taste it. There's that magical effect of a shitload of Goldings. It's a flavour I'm learning to love. When will a professional brewer pick that up? OK, Dann has done in the past with the 1832 XXXX Ale. But where is a regularly brewed beer stuffed full of Goldings?
Show over, I do a fair bit of book signing. And chatting. I'm more in the mood for chatting today.
When we're done, we head over to Victoria Gastro Pub for a bite to eat. And a few beers, obviously. The selection is pretty good. I go for something Pale Aley. I can't remember what exactly. And I wasn't taking notes.
Worryingly, there's a snow storm predicted overnight. I've got a flight to Boston tomorrow afternoon. I hope it flies. Wouldn't want to get stuck in Washington.
The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer
The Original Pancake House
7703 Woodmont Ave.,
6770 Oak Hall Lane,
Suite 108, Columbia, MD 21045
Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Pkwy,
Columbia, MD 21045.
Tel: +1 410-750-1880
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