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The Weekly Question: Do You Have What It Takes?

No poll this time, but a challenge for successful drinkers everywhere: are you a true patriot–that is, can you brew George Washington’s own small-stock recipe?

Your recipe (quoted from the man):

To Make Small Beer

Take a large Sifter full of Bran, Hops to your Taste. –Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot…  let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yeast–if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blanket & let it Work in the cooler 24 hours, then put it into the Cask–leave the Bung open till it is almost done Working–Bottle it that day a Week it was Brewed.

If you refuse this assignment, I will find you.

If you complete this task, submit a video to the Banjo of your completed work, and I’ll see fit you are made a superstar.


Thursday Banjo #3: Porter Season

For all of you not attending an Oktoberfest (for if you have the opportunity to partake and are yet reading this blog, you are an unsuccessful drinker), I welcome you to Porter season with open arms.  For those of you who have little idea of what a Porter is (or you think Michelob invented the style), I am providing a short description and a hit list.  Porter is a dark ale brewed with roasted malts that carries a distinct flavor.  It is a predecessor to stout, but isn’t nearly as heavy.



You may have noticed that the Banjo tends toward bottled beers, and there is a purpose to this: beer is a community-oriented beverage, and judging by population figures, I live in Montana and you don’t.  Therefore, if I can drink a bottle and you can drink the same (albeit elsewhere), we can share the happiness.  Certainly, draught beer is often better, but don’t be such a damned snob.

1.  St. Peter’s Porter:  A fine example of an English Porter, and the bottles are awesome.

2.  LaConner Brewing Porter.  Sure, you’ll have a tough time finding this one, but drinking is not for sissies.

3.  Kettle House’s Hemp Porter.  This may be one of the weirdest food items I’ve consumed since a chicago-style hot dog.  It’s brilliant, and tastes wonderful.  Find it at your peril.

Go forth and drink successfully.