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Dear Brew Dogs, I Am No Longer a

Credit: Virginia Kahler-Anderson
This picture shows a home-brewed dark beer being poured into an ice-chilled mug. Very yummy!!

Though I am very partial to stouts (just as a preference, mind you): imperials and chocolate will often make me shiver and send my head reeling!

Well, I’ve done it, and there is no going back to undo what I’ve done. I might as well wear the scarlet letter “A” because I am guilty as charged. I’ve had my first taste of craft beer—well, many, in fact!—therefore, according to James Watt and Martin Dickie of the television show Brew Dogs, I am no longer a “craft beer virgin.” And I am not ashamed to admit this. I am, now and forever, exposed.

From my innocent beginning—of indulgence that left me saturated and sated—I was brought to my knees, dizzy with delight, hooked without a chance for recovery.

Though I have loved my fine wines and champagnes (exclusively) over the years—and I’ve had so many delicious tasting liquid nectar-of-the-gods to dream of their taste the rest of my life—I have now added craft beer drinking to my selection of alcoholic enjoyment. So when the mood hits me, and it hits me more frequent than I care to admit, I will pour a tall one (or a snifter’s worth) and indulge in a good brew (or two, or a few…!). And I make no apologies for it.

Though I am very partial to stouts (just as a preference, mind you): imperials and chocolate will often make me shiver and send my head reeling!

My craft beer madness began a few short years ago, when my son and son-in-law decided they would try their hand at home brewing, and I soon began to sample their many concoctions, trying more and more, diversifying to the different styles of beer, educating my palate with an open-mind.

Note: My son and his brother-in-law (Settle Down Beer) have caught the brewing fever and are solidly hooked—through trial and error and perseverance—and some educated numbers and science—their beers have only gotten better and better. And I, of course, have become a very happy “craft beer” drinking addict with a steady supply!

Note that my craft beer drinking is strictly for learning’s sake, that the more I drink the more I learn the better I know the craft of brewing…. And so I keep telling myself!

I have learned not to snob a beer until I’ve sampled it and given it the chance it so rightfully deserves, including IPAs, which I, for a long time, found very distasteful, but they have begun to grow on me.

The buzz about hoppy beers is that it is “an acquired taste.” It is also common knowledge that a higher majority of men, as opposed to women, prefer the “bitter” taste of an IPA, which has a very immediate distinct but pleasing flowery smell.

I have a long way to go before I can call myself a “connoisseur” of craft beer, or even comfortably discuss the topic with any confidence. But I am learning!

Virginia Kahler-Anderson



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By souschef on August 01, 2014 at 11:44 am

Nicely done!

I too, have expanded my palat to Craft Beers.

Just like wine there are many little nuances that make you really love a good beer or just not really care for them. And now the ones made cheeply and in great bulk really do not appeal to me.

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By souschef on August 01, 2014 at 11:45 am

Oh! And I really do enjoy watching those guys!

The Brew Dogs.

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By HomeRearedChef on August 01, 2014 at 01:28 pm

Thank you, souschef! It is very nice to meet another carft beer drinker. And I LOVE watching their episodes; they are so very entertaining. :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on August 01, 2014 at 02:00 pm

Very nice Virginia, I wish I could say I like beer, but no matter what ones I have tried (even in Europe)...just not my thing....I seldom drink, but when I do, I prefer rum or a nice wine or Baileys....

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By riginal on August 02, 2014 at 03:17 am

V the instance of home brew has gone wild here too in Australia. I thought it was just a matter of cheap and nasty economics. Economics partly perhaps but my mate in town is into it now, and was talking beer (what else do guys talk about cept cars and beer...i said what else...ahh forget it!) with a guy down here and he's right into the machinations of brew. The way things are going on the fuel front people do, and will, be making their own...perhaps putting some in their cars as well. Also.though i don't smoke, smokers are buying increasingly, pure tobacco to roll their own. Just wondering what impact Virginia, home brewing has had on beer sales and just maybe in the future prices at the pubs and bottle shops may come down? Next it will be people stuffing their own pollies. I mean they stuff us around. Hope the governments mind their own business and keep their corks out of it. Barb,that Baileys IS nice or a dry red but i seldom sway. Sugarless Jim Beam just a couple but they keep jacking the price up.:>)

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By HomeRearedChef on August 03, 2014 at 02:28 am

I understand, Barbara, I know lots of people just like you. Everone has what they prefer. I, myself, have to be in the mood for wine or beer. And sometimes just a nice glass of diluted soda with lots of ice will do. :)

I sometimes love a good shot of dark rum. Yum!

*Clink*

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By HomeRearedChef on August 03, 2014 at 02:33 am

Dear Riginal, I didn't mention that I am tempted to start brewing. Since I love to cook and bake, (I also make my own cheese and yogurt), I figure: why not try my hand at brewing too? Well, we'll see if I get that far. lol!

By the way, I am glad to hear that you do not smoke. I did when I was young, but gave up the deadly habit about 33 years ago.

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By riginal on August 03, 2014 at 05:38 am

V you may think that my post 'transference' was 'accidental' from M to B, that i am a complete and utter idiot, (if you're an idiot how can you be complete?). that in fact i don't know whether i'm Arthur or Marta. Truth be known the transference was subtle and deliberate in an effort to get you girls together to form a club, if you like. Clubs a trio can wield against foreign objects like men...who don't understand a woman's wants. If you believe this was my intention Virginia, Barb, and Marta, look out the window, you may have just missed pigs flying past your respective windows. V if i smoked i'd be dead. Nothing enters my body that i wouldn't feed a flying lying pig. Before i forget Barb,(kidding Marta!) with all due respect, proposed brewer girl, the prolific lady Marta's post alludes to and acknowledges,rightly so, do you girls realise you have the same propensity of verbal serious and funny? That's why women were given 'sensitive' as verbal ink fill for their mind's pens. Now i've got that off my contoured sinewy chest that most men would die for and a lot of women have died on, Valerie, i must explain that my main reason for contacting YOU in particular is that i'm worried this 'home brew' tilt of yours will have a bitter end in that you will become boozy in your bath brew testing and your poor husband unable to get through the stout fast enough to get to you will have to drink you out? Sorry,drag you out! I can see the headlines. "Woman after too many brews drinks husband under the bath. Attending police warned Virginia to ring next time BEFORE the attempted brew trial as they told her husband "that girl can really mix it!" There will be no whether today, Valerie's under it...and the bath! Whether or not Virginia (aka Valerie) will heed this warning only the Brewery God knows? Must get back to my baked beans guys...apparently they're a great memory stimulate when hit over the head by an unopened can of such. Plus a home made beer. :>) Stop lol ing round and get brewing!

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By riginal on August 03, 2014 at 05:38 am

V you may think that my post 'transference' was 'accidental' from M to B, that i am a complete and utter idiot, (if you're an idiot how can you be complete?). that in fact i don't know whether i'm Arthur or Marta. Truth be known the transference was subtle and deliberate in an effort to get you girls together to form a club, if you like. Clubs a trio can wield against foreign objects like men...who don't understand a woman's wants. If you believe this was my intention Virginia, Barb, and Marta, look out the window, you may have just missed pigs flying past your respective windows. V if i smoked i'd be dead. Nothing enters my body that i wouldn't feed a flying lying pig. Before i forget Barb,(kidding Marta!) with all due respect, proposed brewer girl, the prolific lady Marta's post alludes to and acknowledges,rightly so, do you girls realise you have the same propensity of verbal serious and funny? That's why women were given 'sensitive' as verbal ink fill for their mind's pens. Now i've got that off my contoured sinewy chest that most men would die for and a lot of women have died on, Valerie, i must explain that my main reason for contacting YOU in particular is that i'm worried this 'home brew' tilt of yours will have a bitter end in that you will become boozy in your bath brew testing and your poor husband unable to get through the stout fast enough to get to you will have to drink you out? Sorry,drag you out! I can see the headlines. "Woman after too many brews drinks husband under the bath. Attending police warned Virginia to ring next time BEFORE the attempted brew trial as they told her husband "that girl can really mix it!" There will be no whether today, Valerie's under it...and the bath! Whether or not Virginia (aka Valerie) will heed this warning only the Brewery God knows? Must get back to my baked beans guys...apparently they're a great memory stimulate when hit over the head by an unopened can of such. Plus a home made beer. :>) Stop lol ing round and get brewing!

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By riginal on August 03, 2014 at 05:40 am

...and only silly absent minded people repeat themselves!

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By HomeRearedChef on August 03, 2014 at 01:30 pm

LOL! I don't mind "Valerie," easy mistake. Thought I was had a loan officer (where I was working at the time) calling me "Veronica," no matter how many times he was corrected, corrected by everyone else and not me. I didn't want to make the poor old fellow feel bad.

Thank you, Amigo, for making fun chat!

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By riginal on August 03, 2014 at 02:08 pm

My Friends,my mum n dad, used to call my Polish ex, Yarja-Yogi. Said she still loves me so "hey hey Yogi." AND my birthday's coming up! I love hankies and socks...n stuff.

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By Barbara MacDonald on August 03, 2014 at 03:37 pm

Riginal...lol... you just had a birthday, it can't be a year yet? ...how many do you have a year? Hee hee....He's trying to fool us Virginia...:>)

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By riginal on August 03, 2014 at 10:30 pm

coming up late August, haven't you girls heard the expression,"all my birthdays came at once?" Even Freud said "if in fact a patient of mine has the 'all my birthdays came at once' cognitive 'collective' syndrome my colleague and i used to have a 'whip around' just in case. Hence the expression, "a candle in the wind" which originated from the disturbance of air when the whip missed. The candle or candles being a mental symbol perhaps only in the mind of the person we have the birthday for, real or imagined. May not be in fact but as us shrinks always say,"better to err on the side of a candle than to wax lyrical in case the man or woman is indeed having a real one which then begs the question,"is life itself the icing on life's cake or can we eat life's cake and have it too,and if one has a crummie day could that be why? Nup,late August be it and if V hasn't reared a diabolical brew that would grow hair on a billiard ball or blow the mind of an errant mouse lucky enough to fall into the brew on its birthday then one will have to wait until like a fine wine it matures, in the meantime girls time will stand still but please put a cover over the still because the neighbors will keep dropping,or dropping in, to borrow a cup of V's love potion number 9 which might on a bad day cause one to bend down turn around and make it up in a sink and start kissing cops which to me has the same connotation as drinking indian ink. Do not kiss authority unless it's a 'suck up' to get off a speeding fine, nor proffer the officer a brew whilst he's still...from yours. But women know where to draw the line...or do they? Have a great weekend or day, whichever comes first.:>)

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By riginal on August 04, 2014 at 02:00 am

...and you are right Barb, i alluded to a birthday in conformity with a jocular post and i thought you had a bad memory or part thereof? I don't trust women. They are devious demanding dubious damn hard to get a handle on but who on earth would want to put a handle on a woman particularly when their cup runneth over because lets face it, women are so contrary and mysterious i don't think they know themselves what they think and even when they do they're liable to change their minds, and then blame it on us for their 'new' mindset. Mary Mary quite contrary how does your mindset grow? Women are so lucky.:>)

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By HomeRearedChef on August 04, 2014 at 05:00 am

I think, Riginal, that once in a while we CAN eat life's cake and have it too! Though we can't expect that often. LOL!

Barbara, maybe Riginal just wants birthday cake. :)

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By riginal on August 04, 2014 at 05:22 am

:>)

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By riginal on August 04, 2014 at 06:24 am

look you two i'm laughing myself stupid here. Barb i meant a previous post was a false birthday. My real birthday IS this August coming up. Would you pass this on to Virginia and Virginia would you tell Barb i meant a previous post was false information. Who's on what base? It's all my fault. When they come to take me away i hope i get put in with two women like you two so that we can misunderstand each other,flick custard at each other,talk over each other,change name tags, and generally die laughing. Barb would you tell Virginia from me that she is thinking about brewing her own booze and Barb i don't know whether i mentioned this but my birthday is coming up. Also, why are you two so positive?Honestly you two take the cake i'm glad we don't live in the same street. I wouldn't be dead for quids but i'll take a cheque. I intend to keep this post going as long as the Doreen Virtue one and if you ask me who she is V i'll defer you to Barb because i may confuse you. I don't want cake, i don't want a birthday, i just want to talk to common sense people, serious, down to earth people, so obviously we have to seperate. Would you pass this on to each other please! I'm glad i sorted all this out before it got out of hand and incidently my hand is coming good the nerves are connecting again i won't need an operation,could you pass this on to V please Barb, she'll be in the bath brewing. Let's get this sttaight V.I'm me,your you and that poet lady is she...i'll go over it one more time...:>) Marta caused all this!

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By HomeRearedChef on August 04, 2014 at 01:33 pm

Well, Riginal dear, I always want cake, but with just a touch of frosting. And, actually, if it were a slice of rich chocolate cake, a good dark stout should go awesome!

Oh, and I am not gong ho about celebrating my birthdays anymore, not since I turned 50. I mean, what's there to celebrate? That I might lose teeth and hair? That my arthritis will get worse. Nah! I'm with you; let's forget about birthdays. lol!

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By riginal on August 04, 2014 at 04:57 pm

V i have discovered the fountain of youth but it won't stop dripping? My mate in town rang. He had an x-ray done prior to expensive bridging. Luckily,because an abcessed wisdom tooth was starting to rot his jaw which will recover. He is spending $25,000 approx. I booked in to public health. Can't be seen for 6 mnths as the vet said there's a backlog. I told the pert young thing on the desk i might not be alive in 6mnths. Teeth and hair are not that important. There's a new spray out which will make the people round you think you look wonderful. You spray this new formula spray in THEIR eyes...they're too busy rubbing theirs trying to see to comment on anyone elses appearance. There's also a miracle cure for heir loss to the family fortune. Tie granny up so she can't spend your inheritence. I know it sounds cruel but granny has to stop pole dancing at some time in her life...it's bad for her Arthur itis. And it will give Arthur the Pole a much needed rest. :>)

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By riginal on August 04, 2014 at 04:57 pm

V i have discovered the fountain of youth but it won't stop dripping? My mate in town rang. He had an x-ray done prior to expensive bridging. Luckily,because an abcessed wisdom tooth was starting to rot his jaw which will recover. He is spending $25,000 approx. I booked in to public health. Can't be seen for 6 mnths as the vet said there's a backlog. I told the pert young thing on the desk i might not be alive in 6mnths. Teeth and hair are not that important. There's a new spray out which will make the people round you think you look wonderful. You spray this new formula spray in THEIR eyes...they're too busy rubbing theirs trying to see to comment on anyone elses appearance. There's also a miracle cure for heir loss to the family fortune. Tie granny up so she can't spend your inheritence. I know it sounds cruel but granny has to stop pole dancing at some time in her life...it's bad for her Arthur itis. And it will give Arthur the Pole a much needed rest. :>)

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By HomeRearedChef on August 05, 2014 at 01:34 pm

Well, Amigo, I sure hope that the fountain of youth you've found will actually work for you. I don't like the sound of "6 months." lol!

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By riginal on August 05, 2014 at 08:10 pm

like my tooth V our health system is pretty good but decaying under the pressure of demand. :>)

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By HomeRearedChef on August 05, 2014 at 09:08 pm

OH, I know! And I just hate "decaying." :)

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