Brew Paws: Boomer the Black and Tan
Why did you start homebrewing?
I love going on brewery tours and visiting tap rooms but what actually inspired me to start home-brewing was President Obama. I know that may sound kind of odd – but he was what got me to buy my first home-brewing kit. I was watching the news and there was a story about how the White House was home-brewing beer. Home-brewing was gaining in popularity a few years ago and Obama wanted to know more about it, so they bought a kit and started brewing beer at the White House. I thought it was really cool that someone who is that busy took the time to learn how to brew beer. I also felt that someone, like me, who was a heck of a lot less busy could find some time to brew up a few batches of beer! I ordered a starter kit and I’ve been brewing for about a year now. I just brewed up the White House Honey Amber recipe, which you can now buy online, and it is quite delicious! They also have a White House Honey Porter that I am wanting to try.
Does Boomer help you in the homebrewing process?
Boomer would probably love to help me brew but I usually let him play outside while I’m brewing. He’s got a lot of hair and the potential for contamination is higher if he is in the room with me. He is also a pretty big dog and for him to get under foot while I’m lugging around a 5 gallon brew kettle of hot water probably would not end well for either of us!
What is your favorite type of beer?
I rotate around a bit on what I like but right now I am really into India Pale Ales. Black IPA’s specifically. I live in the Pacific Northwest – an area that is well known for growing flavorful hops. I like the nice crisp bite of a hoppy citrus beer – which that sort of flavoring lends itself to an IPA. IPA’s give you your most bang for your buck with bold flavors and a slightly higher alcohol content so you can drink less beer … not that I do! If I am not drinking my own home-brew I can usually be found with some sort of Oregon or Washington brewery’s beer in my hand!
If Boomer was a beer, what kind would he be?
Because of Boomer’s coat coloring I always joke that he would be a black and tan. So a Guinness with a little Harp beer!
What kind of beers do you brew?
I brew mainly Amber and Pale Ales. They are pretty easy and do not require refrigeration during the fermentation process like a Lager does. I throw a lot of beer tasting parties for my friends at my house and find that ambers and pales are the easiest to share. Although I like ambers and pales I am going to slowly work my way towards brewing more beers I prefer, like the IPA’s and some darker beers such as porters and see what my friends think of those. There’s such a wide array of beers out there to try you should never limit yourself to just one kind!
What makes Boomer a super awesome dog?
Boomer does have a lot of awesomeness but what I like best about him is that I can take him anywhere, to a friend’s house or on a 10 day road trip and he is always excited to be where ever we are going. We also have a really great bond between us which I have never had that with any other dog before. He’s a great friend to have and an excellent co-pilot!
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Posted on January 29, 2014, in DIY, Dogs, Projects and tagged Beer Paws, black and tan dog, blogger friends, Brew Paws, brewing beer, homebrewing, life in the Pacific Northwest. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.