Hello Hello Historians!
Ho! The season has turned! Sometimes we have snow and then we have none.
At home I started using wood heat again, after it being unavailable or not done for many years. It really helps to manage the season shift, at least until your blood ‘thickens’, and the cold doesn’t drive as deep. The warmth and the esthetics of a roaring fire in the stove can't be beat.
Once I get over the initial shock of the very early, very dark nights and the unrelenting cold, I start to regard, respect and appreciate the dark and cold for what it is, rather than simply marking the absence of our sun.
Most of what is out there anyway is a cold, dark vacuum, and night makes it feel closer and even like you are part of it, seeing it, breathing it in, radiating back out into space. Where we came from and where we are going. Sometimes it feels so expansive and beautiful to me to look out into the night sky; the cosmos, the firmament, from our little blue life bubble, trying to conceive the inconceivable.
The ancient alchemists, of many faiths, sought to unify their gods with the movements of the ‘heavens’. A god who bids the planets to roam. The spiritual significance of the planets and their roles in the transmutation of the soul, from lead, through several lesser metals, to become gold…beyond gold…gold so pure, it turns other metals to gold. Gold that creates gold, the sun. They were really into ‘quicksilver’ (mercury) too, so maybe that had something to do with their aspirations.
Now we can see into the past, how the universe was, once. Computers tell the robots where to look. We see, because we can’t see, a black hole. There, two galaxies are colliding in slow motion - million year motions - motions that will never end, as far as I understand ‘never’ to be..
maybe change the name from ‘Night Time’ to ‘Infinite Time,’ or some name I haven't thought of yet.
MEMBER STORE OPENING!
12/10 at 7pm
This month I have a few new offerings, neither of these are going to be included as a ‘Member Bottle’ as they will be more widely distributed:
-Astral Magic Practice-
A spelt beer with mixed culture and honey (6.0%)
Guaranteed to project an ectoplasmic avatar of yourself into the outer reaches of space. It turns out that experience tastes a lot like a pinch of pop rocks and nerds directly after a strong lemon candy. It’s bright and lovely. Brewed in August of 2021, aged in a puncheon and bottled in May of 2022.
A Centennial hop pale ale with mixed culture and dry hop (5.8%)
This is the third and last installment of ‘the Hop Project’. Basically Champlain Valley Hops in Starksboro, VT, gave a few bags of hops to a bunch of brewers to make single hop stuff, get some feedback, whatever. I started with Chinook (Fig.2), then Cascade (Fig.5), and now with Centennial; another classic American “C hop if ever there was one. Reads citrus, dry, funky, bitter. The perfect thing for me really. Aged nine months in barrels before dry hopping.
Thank you as always for your support! I hope you have a very happy holiday season and New Year! Many great wishes for you and your family. I am grateful for the pleasure of making fun and interesting beers for you!
Cheers to your health!