Pooka Berry Goblin Ale

The mischievous creature of Irish folklore known as the pooka (phouka, phooca, púka) is a shapeshifter taking on many forms … a black horse, goat, rabbit, or — in my domestic situation — a tubby hairless harlequin sphynx cat. The pooka may be kind as a beloved pet or wicked as a black-hearted goblin. The…

You don’t need an expensive grain mill

Yes, the fancy grain mills available at fine online vendors like MoreBeer are lustworthy, but the cheapest they offer, the Victoria, is still $60. (Incidentally, my money’s on it having been named after the time-honored default voice on the Mac.) Wanting to brew some beer today and not having sufficient milled grain on hand (but…

Krampuslauf: Ein Holiday Ale Mit Horns

An annual Christmastime tradition in my Germanic household is the brewing of Glühwein, an alcoholic beverage of hot red wine spiced with clove, star anise, cinnamon, orange, and plenty of sugar. Mulled wine is a popular Yuletide drink with many European cultures, like Sweden’s glögg and the Netherlands’ bisschopswijn. Fun fact: hot spiced wine is…