The bitter taste of climate change.

As if things couldn’t get worse- climate change is set to reduce the quantity and quality of beer. Warming and changing seasons and precipitation patterns mean a reduction in the hops harvest, with flowers containing less of the alpha acids that give the flavour.

The White House brew house

Barack Obama has started brewing beer in The White House kitchens. There have been so many requests that they’ve now published the recipes, which utilise honey from the first beehives on the White House’s lawns.

Mitt Romney would just buy a brewery, and then have them change their recipe to the blandest, most insipid bilge possible.

via BoingBoing


I am, eventually, going to Interrail around Europe. I’ve been promising myself this for the last few years. It’s already looking like this isn’t the year I’ll do it, though it should be the one where I start putting aside the money to fund it.

In the mean time, I’ll keep adding places to the list of locations to visit. Such as Bierwelt, profiled today on BoingBoing, a Bavarian beer-centric theme park. The park is 90 kilometres from Munich and can be reached by train. The fact that it involves beer automatically puts it near the top of the (as yet unstarted if I’m honest) list.

Bierwelt website.

Canine testicles, as requested

Dog’s Bollocks is selling well, but I was told I should do a sign for it anyway.

NoWriMo for me this year

I’m not doing anything for National Novel Writing Month this year. I’m moving house this weekend, going to start on Point of Contactn as soon as I’ve got a drawing board and the light box set up and going to Beerfest next week, so I’m too busy. (Okay, Beerfest is an option, but it’s Beerfest,it’s part of my life.)

The cherry stout experiment begins

It would have been cherry beer, but the cherries were beginning to rot and there was some Mackeson’s left from an earlier experiment. The volume of liquid will increase when I work out what I can add to the mix.