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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Trend of Fall Beers

Fall is my favorite time of year.  Football is on the TV every weekend, and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is madly approaching!  With the cooling of the weather comes a string of beer releases to coincide.  Every brewery from Budweiser to the smallest microbrewery turn their eyes and brewing minds to flavors that will emulate the change of color in the leaves.  Here is a list of my 10 favorite fall beers that always find a way into my glass come Thanksgiving:

1.  Samuel Adams Octoberfest- One of my favorite examples of the style.  Smooth and crisp, but with enough maltiness to welcome the fall season.

2.  Dogfish Head Punkin Ale- I look forward to this being released every year.  By far the best pumpkin ale I have ever tasted (Haven't been able to taste Southern Tier Pumking yet!).  Pumpkiny, brown sugary, and all the right spices come through in this brew.

3.  Sierra Nevada Tumbler- A recent addition to my list.  Malty and robust, but lighter than the usual brown ale and with just enough hops to balance it all out.

4.  Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier- This beer is awesome.  Smoky (like a campfire), but in all the right ways (like the smell of pork shoulder being slowly smoked over real wood all day).

5.  Stone Double Bastard- Similar to the original Arrogant Bastard, but with more of a malty, dried fruit background.  Drinks more like an extremely hopped barleywine.

6.  Abita Pecan Harvest Ale-  An otherwise average brew is jolted into greatness by the smooth, nutty flavors that come from the use of actual pecans.

7.  Rogue Brutal Bitter- When a craving for hops comes around, this beer provides great punch, but it malty enough to not feel like a spring beer.

8.  North Coast Old Stock Ale- Filled with rich, dark fruity flavors, this one is great to sip as the sun dips down at night.

9.  Southern Tier Back Burner Barleywine- Although this is their winter release, I always try to find a bottle of this and stash it away for the year to have when that first cold night comes around.

10.  Whatever Homebrew I'm Feeling This Year- Last year I made an Octoberfest style Ale with brown sugar and some spice.  This year I brewed a Bourbon-Vanilla Pumpkin Ale at 8% ABV to soak in all the fallness it can!  I'll be trying one around Halloween so I'll let you know how it turns out!

Give these brews a shot and let us know what you think!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Beers to Store in the Fridge for Football Season

It's that time of the year again! Tonight, the NFL season officially kicks off, and with it comes your responsibility to stock the fridge with as much beer as you can so you don't run out in the 4th quarter when your team's destiny is on the line!  The question is, what do you stock it with?

For many, Bud, Miller, and Coors are the answer to football season.  While these brews are refreshing and light in alcohol, so you can drink several during the course of the game without passing out, they also tend to lack in the flavor department.  Instead, try these ten beers instead.  Refreshing, lower in alcohol, and full of flavor.  That's a TD in my book.

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager- 5.5% Light copper lager that seems to have more in common with lighter ales than it does a lager.  Flavorful hops balance that maltiness in the background.

Harpoon IPA- 5.9% One of my favorites.  Spicy and earthy, floral hops are a change-up to the usual citrus, pine notes and there is just enough malt sweetness to balance it out.  Very smooth and drinkable.

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yellow Pils- 5.3% Comes in a can, which is nice for tailgating.  Solid example of a pilsner that is remarkably crisp.  Floral hops and bready malt are well balanced.

Red Brick Laughing Skull Amber- 5.7% Smooth amber brew, with a hint of citrus.  One of my wife's favorites.  Easy to drink.

Redhook ESB- 5.8% Nothing that will blow you away in this one, but a solid example of the style but with a bit less bitterness than you would usually expect.  Unbelievably clear pour.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler- 5.5% Toasty, nutty autumn brown ale.  Not heavy as one might expect, but just toasty enough to balance a subtle hop kiss.

Victory Prima Pils- 5.3% A classic biscuity pils with an extra dose of hops.  Clean and smooth with a long lasting finish of spicy hops that clear the palette of all those greasy foods.

Widmer Drifter Pale Ale- 5.7% Darker color shows off the caramel flavors that come through, but are balanced by citrusy, piney hops.

Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale- 5.4% For the BMC crowd looking to expand.  Very similar to a Macro type lager, but with some ale-like fruitiness that comes through to balance the bitterness.

Woodchuck Cider Amber- 5% For the non-beer drinker in your crowd.  Crisp, refreshing, and just sweet enough.  Tastes like an autumn colored fall in a glass.

Cheers, Happy Brewing, and Go Cowboys!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Update on the Homemade Hard Cider

It's been a few days now so I thought I'd give you a little update on the progress of the cider.  Within 12 hours, the airlock was bubbling like crazy, and the aroma coming out of it was very bready.  I guess I should have expected that with the baker's yeast, but it was nice to know that alcohol was being produced by the fermentation process.  After 72 hours, it's still bubbling pretty consistently, and doesn't smell quite as intensely bready.  There was a krausen (layer of yeast on top) that formed early, but has since settled back into it.

I plan on giving it 2-3 weeks to completely ferment out, and then cold crashing it in the fridge for a few days to help get the yeast to settle out of it.  I'm not too concerned with this being cloudy, especially since it is made from apple cider and not juice, but it would be nice to get as little yeast as possible into the final product to avoid it tasting more like French bread and less like apple cider.

Well, that's it for now!  I'll check back in with the cider after 2 weeks to let you know how it's coming along!

Cheers and Happy Brewing!
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