Saturday, February 27, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Rigging in a brewery vessel

Rigging in a brewery vessel

Riggers off-load a 150-barrel * fermentation tank and rig it, carefully, into Heavy Seas Beer.

I took this photo on 22 May 2013, at the brewery in Halethorpe, Maryland, USA. Nearly eight years later, it's today's Pic(k) of the Week.



By the way, this is what happens when you notice an image you took eight years earlier but now have the temerity to think you can improve upon it. So: straightened, cropped, 'structured,' and rendered in monochrome. See the original: here.


Saturday, February 20, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Abstract Blue

Abstract blue

Patterns of ice
Tinted blue in shadow
Frozen evanescence.

Yes, Virginia! There is a winter season in the Deep South.

Legacy Park: Decatur, Georgia, USA. 17 February 2021.


Saturday, February 13, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Suburban ruins

Suburban ruins

English ivy (Hedera helix) was invading the ruins of what may have been a small concrete-block house, in an unincorporated area of DeKalb County, Georgia, USA —a county in and around the city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA— on 5 February 2021.


Saturday, February 06, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Harvest Ale Vintage 2000 (21 years later)

Havest Ale Vintage 2000

This happened.

On 29 January 2021, I tasted an aged bottle of J.W. Lees & Co. Harvest Ale (11.5% alcohol barleywine 1), that the Middleton, England-brewery had brewed and bottled twenty-one years earlier, in Y2K. And that had resided in my 'cellar' since.
Though J.W. Lees Brewery of Middleton, England, has been crafting quality beer since 1876, it wasn't until 1986 that it released its delectable sipper into the world. Brewed with the choicest [me: ugh] Maris Otter malt [me: sublime] and East Kent Goldings hops [Ibid.] , it has the legs to go the distance. The brewery uses a house-developed yeast strain to ferment the brew in original open copper-lined vessels.
Vintage Beer (Patrick Dawson): Storey Publishing, 2014.

"But," the old brewmaster asked, "How did the beer TASTE?"

Gently prying the crown cap, I heard a faint fizz. (Listen to your beer.) Considering the Harvest Ale's venerable age, its carbonic condition 2 and head retention were remarkably good. In fact, they were that of a 'fresh' beer. Likewise the clarity —just see-through deep garnet color— was good.

In the beer's aroma, I sniffed chocolate and dark berries. Taking a sip, I tasted the same but with secondary flavors of oloroso sherry and ruby port. Taking a gulp, I was drinking a semi-sweet beer with an unctuous finish (in a good way). Any burn from its alcoholic strength (11.5%) had been mellowed by two-decades-and-one-year of time.

I might have enjoyed a flourless chocolate dessert (or a fine Stilton cheese) as an accompaniment but, given such a divine taste of liquid history, I enjoyed it per ipsum. Alas, the bottle contained only 275 milliliters (9.3 U.S. fluid ounces) of beer. Waiting so long for pleasure so brief.