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Later Tonight on Fairhaven…

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The brewing will be underway in just a few short hours at Joel’s humble abode. This weekend I picked up the making for an English bitter. See, about 6 weeks ago, I added the wrong grains to a batch of IPA (added some Vienna and Cara-pils instead of 20L Crystal), and ended up with a beer that was much closer to a bitter. So this weekend I picked up a few more specialty grains and some British hops, and hopefully we’ll have a legitimate (and intentional) bitter in a few weeks.

2 thoughts on “Later Tonight on Fairhaven…

  1. That reminds me of the time when I was at a pub in London and was told by the barkeep that the darkest beer they had was an ESB. Lame.

  2. Stopped by the Brewery for the first time tonight. Not frying turkeys. Brewing beer. No fowl carcasses. Thank God.

    Will trade some hard to find microbrews for IPA which is cooling in the fridge now. In the meantime, thought I would share my adopted philosophy of life. A little long, but beer tie in at end:

    A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front
    of him. Wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded
    to fill it with rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if
    the jar was full.

    They agreed that it was.

    So the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
    He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open
    areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was
    full.

    They agreed it was. The students laughed.

    The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
    course, the sand filled up everything else. “Now,” said the professor, “I
    want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important
    things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things
    that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would
    still be full.

    The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house,
    your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the
    sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.

    The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the
    small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to
    you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

    Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your
    partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the
    house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks
    first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is
    just sand.”

    But then…
    A student took the jar, which the other students and the professor agreed
    was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course the beer
    filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

    Which proves:
    no matter how full your life is, there is always room for a beer.

    Rob
    Mobile Ave.

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