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Biere 3: The Tastening!

HOLY CRAMPONS THE EXCITEMENT! The beer’s ready! THE BEER IS READY!

What’s that? You need a soothing, refreshing ale to calm yourself after that announcement? Would you be interested in an American-style pale ale, with supportive hops, cleansing savoury structure, and beautiful bubbles?

LEVEL UP: BREWER!

LEVEL UP: BREWER!

Allow me to introduce my first ever beer: the Lucky Trout Pale Ale — a beer that makes its own luck! M and I bottled it one night after I was particularly upset about a turn of events entirely out of anyone’s control, but nonetheless heavy. We talked and talked; M encouraging and reassuring, I listening and being reassured (and occasionally wiping my nose on my sleeve, I suspect, although my memory is hazy on the matter). We talked about the nature of happiness, and how so much of your life’s satisfaction rests on your internal resilience, philosophy, and own sense of joy. We talked about making your own luck. And then we capped the bottles and put them to bed.

Eight weeks later, a beautiful product. I am stunned by how good this beer is. It’s balanced, fresh, light, and just delicious. We’ve drunk about a quarter of the batch already (one week after its grand opening, although I should stress we had help); it’s so good. It’s perfectly foamy (my beer-pouring skills are improving every day, so I’m now reliably producing a glass with a head) and the hop balance is perfect: really restrained but very present. I didn’t do anything special, just followed the instructions and, as encouraged by a stalwart and talented, experienced brewing friend, didn’t overthink it. And there we have it. Beer. Beautiful beautiful beer.

Pizza preparations adjacent and appropriate.

Pizza preparations adjacent and appropriate.

Currently resting in bottles: a very dark ale.

Plans for further experimentation: a wheat beer (ideally, a hefeweizen, but we’ll see how we go) and a ginger!

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