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Tuesday, July 04, 2006


For the favors at our wedding, Matt opted to share his brewing skill with the guests buy making a mead from orange blossom honey and an Imperial Stout. When choosing his brews, Matt decided to make something(s) special which need some aging. He actually brewed both of these a couple of months ago and they're aging in our closet. He'll be bottling in the next couple of weeks. When he was selling each recipe to me, he told me that mead is the "honeymoon drink" so I checked Wikipedia and here's what it says:

Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast. It is generally pronounced "meed." Meadhing (pronounced meth' ing is the practice of brewing honey. Mead is also known as "honey wine," although this is inaccurate. Mead is a separate and distinct family of alcoholic beverages, completely apart from beer, wine, liqueur, and distilled beverages. The history of mead goes back more than 8,000 years. The oldest known meads were created on the Island of Crete; fermented honey was seen as an entheogen and bees were sacred to Demeter. Wine had not yet been created. Mead was the drink of the Age of Gold, and the word for drunk in classical Greek remained "honey-intoxicated." (Kerenyi 1976 pp 35ff). The word "honeymoon" in English is supposedly traceable to the practice of a bride's father dowering her with enough mead for a month-long celebration in honor of the marriage. (Wikipedia, "Mead")

I think in order to appease the guys with a hardier brew, he chose to also make an Imperial Stout. So it doesn't feel left out, here is a blurb from its Wikipedia entry:
Imperial stout, also known as "Russian Imperial Stout" or "Imperial Russian Stout," is a variety of ale that was originally brewed in England for export to the court of the Tsar of Russia. It is highly hopped and has a very high alcohol content (nine or ten percent is not uncommon) intended to preserve it during long trips and to provide a more bracing drink against cold climates. The colour is very dark, nearly opaque black. Imperial stout exhibits enormously powerful malt flavours, hints of dark fruits, and is often quite dry.
Once he bottles next weekend, I'm going to have to get to work putting labels on all of the bottles. We spent a lot of time looking for the perfect bottles. First, Matt found the cute green champagne bottle on the left and ordered them through the Culver City brewstore. Then, last weekend we were at the store in the valley and we found the cute brown bottle on the right. I put a "normal" beer bottle in the center for reference. Both the bottles are really cute! I want to affix cute little tags with rafia thanking our guests for coming to the neck of each bottle. Matt wants me to include a brief blub on the history of each drink on the label. I really hope our guests like them and they turn out well! It truly will be a joint effort.


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