Baking Pīrāgi, Latvian bacon and onion buns (“pea rugs” according to @tanavens) for Midsummer (Midwinter down here). What better beer to accompany this solstice bake than one of Dany Prignon's best, Fantôme Pissenlit dandelion saison? Lustīga līgošana!
A Yuletide pudding for the Southern Winter Solstice - bliss.
Launceston 21 June 2017, the Southern Midwinter Solstice just before dawn. In Latvia my relatives are getting ready to celebrate Midsummer and Saint John's Eve, the most Latvian of all holidays (goo.gl/vZw8YL) and we will too on the traditional 23rd.
Our second beer tasting at Dolphin Sands - the first one was in 2013 (#tasting13)! Inspired by the Launceston Brew Club's handpump night and because it was the Queen's Birthday long weekend we did English beer (mainly). Don't really know whether these are supposed to be any good but we enjoyed them, especially the Adnams - must find a good clone recipe.
Round 2 with WLP540 (Rochefort strain). This beast won round 1 which ended up with massive isoamyl acetate, a sign of a faulty Rocheforte fermentation according to Gumer Santos. This time (despite this creature in the blowoff flagon), I'm in charge and we have figs rather than bananas.
Two photos four years apart: seminal beers and examples of how much my palate has changed. A Chimay Grande Reserve photographed today. Once my first introduction to Belgian beer, to now beloved Trappist beer and the craft of yeast sediment culture. Then Armand Debelder's Drie Fonteinen Geuze: a photo from 2013 of my first ever sour. Both overwhelmed me at the time but started a quest to understand and appreciate their greatness, initially perceived but barely understood. Once almost rejected, now highly esteemed.
Avant Garde Collection: Première by @LaSireneBrewing , Australia (goo.gl/oqDtFk). 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer, ABV 5.8%. From @crowncellars.
Another exceptional beer from this limited release series, unmistakably a La Sirène saison. Everything the blurbs claim for it: “a modern Farmhouse classic”. Thanks @gabavens for the headsup - there was till some left!
Secret ingredients for a “bol” sauce - or what you do when there are no carrots - the beer was required for creativity and didn't make it to the end product! The Broadside by Adnams, Southwold, Suffolk, (goo.gl/goN4hm), 11C Strong Bitter, ABV 6.3%, was bottled in Burton on Trent ...... why?
Excerpts from tonight's Launceston Brew Club English handpump soirée - probably one of our most Gemütlichkeit evenings ever. We are only a small group but with exceptional members like the owners of the handpumps (Ian and Paul) and amongst many others the multi talented @stuwhobrews who made an admirable stinky cheese and Baltic Porter. This was a night to remember.
Homemade Phở gà inspired by last night's excellent dinner at Saigon Kitchen Launceston. Accompanied by our own grown herbs (Rau răm and Húng quế) and famous Hội An chili brought back last visit. Rất ngon!
Christening one of my two newest prized possessions which arrived today courtesy of the great kindness of an IG fellow lambic lover. Together with the basket (which took years to find), these are things one can only dream of on the other side of the world in Tasmania. Oh and the Oud Beersel 2012 tasted even better in its own glass!