Sunday, December 05, 2010

GoDaddy has been sending me warnings that most of my domains were "about" to expire.  GoDaddy starts sending out the notifications ridiculously far in advance (90 days?) and I finally got sick of all the emails and renewed my domains.  At the same time, I registered  You might call it an impulse buy, although it is something I've been thinking about for several months.

So, now if you want to read up on Sheppy Brew's beers, not only can you go to, but now you can go to  Personally, I'll be getting there through the new domain name.  Google has not indexed, yet, so my search page still hits  I'm sure I'll be able to update that soon.

I set up forwarding to the "brewing" labeled entries of this blog at, so if you want to read about beer on my blog, but not all the other boring minutia of my life, you can bookmark that url (right ... like anyone would want to come back here more than once). 

Thank you to the Beer Snob Chick who just recently gave me a suggestion on where to buy New Belgium's 2010 La Folie.  You may remember (but most likely you don't) that La Folie was one of the great sour beers that I tried this year at GABF (that stands for Great American Beer Festival for my step-cousin-in-law). As of the time I am writing this, I have not headed up to 14th and Krameria, yet.  I hope they still have some when I arrive.
The hazelnut chocolate Bluefield Ale
This weekend, the Beer Model and I shared a Bluefield Chocolate Ale.  Part of me was dreading the experience, but it did not suck at all.  In fact, I think it makes a very nice dessert beer.  It will make an awesome beer float at some point.  It is very chocolaty and has a very nice hazelnut flavor to it as well.  Even Tyler said it smelled like cocoa, so I guess the aroma doesn't have any of that disgusting beer smell (disgusting for my kids and sister ... or at least my I hope my sister doesn't think it smells or tastes disgusting).  Since I like it and the beer model likes it, chances are my sister will not like it, but hey, we can't please everyone, now can we? Now, I just have to figure out a good way to get some to either Wisconsin or Michigan, so Mrs. Bluefield can give it a try.

The beer model thought Bluefield Chocolate Ale was good.
The kids didn't think it smelled disgusting
I had been planning on cracking open my second taste of Fox Sox Knox Rye Pale Ale sometime this weekend, but never got around to it.  I had my first taste Thursday night.  It is a wonderfully hoppy beer.  The color is a beautiful gold that is not quite like any of my other beers.  It is very similar in taste to Tommy Hawk APA, and I might have to do a side-by-side comparison to decide how close they actually are.

We played up in the mountains by Mt. Evans this Saturday, and stopped by Tommy Knocker brew pub for lunch.   I got to use my AHA membership card to get the pub discount.  This is the first place that I've pulled out the card and had the person actually know what I was talking about.  The beer model and I each got a free pint (I think the deal there is a free pint with an entree ... which is a pretty good deal).  Lunch was nice.  My Hop Strike Black Rye IPA was excellent.  Tracy liked her Jack Whacker Wheat Ale as well.

As always, if you are reading this on facebook, it really looks nicer on my blog:


  1. Awe...I'm so glad it didn't suck. And for the record, I don't dislike the smell of beer (unless it's old and stale and/or regurgitated); it's the taste I object to. Sure hope you can figure out a delivery system, because I'd love to try it. Might have to take a drive this summer...

  2. Oh, and when I checked my stats, your blog was one of the top referring sites...thanks, you're so kind :)

  3. I almost always get to your blog through my "blogs I read", so a significant number of those come from me. You're welcome.

    "Seventy to seventy-five percent of what we perceive as taste actually comes from our sense of smell. Taste buds allow us to perceive only bitter, salty, sweet, and sour flavors."

  4. So, maybe, what we need to do is provide as many aromatic ingredients in the beer as possible.