The easiest online beer label maker

Label your home-brew quick and easy

In the past I’ve spent way too many hours in Photoshop coming up with artwork for my craft beer labels. When an all grain brew day is 8 hours, it seemed fair to spend that much time on the label. But with the Mr Beer kit, it’s so simple. The very first brew day is only 90 minutes, (and that is including initial assembly, cleaning and sanitization). So I decided that I’d better not spend more time on the label design than the actual home-brew.

I found a link in the Mr. Beer Fans forum to an online label generator and decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Mr. Beer Soaked Homebrewer – part 4 first pour

Zachzilla Pale Ale

Zachzilla Pale Ale

It is named after my 3-year-old son who helped brew and bottle this one. My son, Zach, earned the nickname “Zachzilla” from his older sister because he likes to knock down blocks way more than build with them. Recently Zach has become more interested in building, so we decided to pass on the “zilla” name. Since this is an easy beer to knock down, at a mere 3.5% ABV, it now has the Zackzilla name. Continue reading

Top 3 Beer Books on my shelf

Beer Soaked Books

1. How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time

This was the very first home-brew book I bought, and I still reference it to this day. Highly recommended whether you are just starting out with home brewing or are looking for ways to improve your current brew recipes.

2. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance

I received this one as a Christmas gift last year and thought it was just a cookbook, recently I picked it up and started reading. This is much more than a cookbook. They go through the history of Stone Brewing, provide homebrew recipes for some of your favorite Stone beers. And of course the cookbook part has actual recipes from the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. As a long time fan of Stone Brewing, I was happy as a clam just to have this prominently displayed on the book shelf. And I was even happier once I read through the content. Do yourself a favor, get this one, give it as a gift, or add it to your wish list.

3.Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

This is a great read on the history and humble beginnings of the “off-centered ales” at Dogfish. The current edition includes interesting tales of how they grew the business utilizing social media and differentiating their product in a crowded marketplace. So if you’re a craft beer fan, a small business owner, or just a home brewer who wants to read about Sam Calagione’s journey, this is for you.

So those are my top beer books. What books would you recommend?

Japanese Craft Beer – Koshihikari Echigo Beer

The other day after work I went to the Japanese market to grab some dinner on the way home. It was a sushi kind of day. Anyway, I meandered down the beer aisle to see what the beer selection looked like. I saw the usual choices: Sapporo, Asahi, and Kirin then I saw one that I hadn’t seen before. So I grabbed a bottle and decided to give it a try.

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