May 5, 2012

National Homebrew Day

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry

It's National Homebrew Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the first Saturday of June each year.)

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Luckily for me, my good friends Tom and Lisa of Living on a Beer Budget decided to make their own beer around National Homebrew Day. The style they brewed was a "California Common." Never heard of it? Me either, so I did some research...

At the end of the nineteenth century, folks living in California produced an inexpensive lager called "Steam Beer" (post-prohibition Anchor Brewing was the only one making the stuff and eventually trademark both the names "steam" and "steam beer"; it's why folks today making this style use the more generic name "California Common"). Tom of Living on a Beer Budget informed me that while it's made with lager yeast, it's fermented in a warmer range (similar to that of an ale). Back in the day there was no refrigeration and ice was hard to come by, so folks fermented this new style in open, shallow vats that allowed night air to cool the beer.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies/beer lovers.

Happy National Homebrew Day!