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Hop Notes hosts two beer book drawings at Goshen First Friday

This is one of my favorite Dr. Suess poems, and with the celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, Read Across America Day and Beer Book Month, I thought it appropriate to share.

Did you ever ride a Wump?
I have a Wump with just one hump.
But I know a man by the name of Gump.
Mr. Gump has a seven hump Wump.
So, if you like to go Bump! Bump!
Just hop on the hump of the Wump of Gump!
– Dr. Seuss

I actually got out a couple of my favorite Dr. Suess books, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” and “The King’s Stilts,” and sat down to read them this week for Read Across America Day.

My copy of “The King’s Stilts” is from my childhood, with well worn corners on the cover and slightly yellowed pages. I read it to my children when they were young, and I suppose if they have children, they may read it to the next generation as well.

While reading these books, I enjoyed the first bottle of beer ever purchased at DIY Coffee and Ale Supply.

Chris May recently received his permit to carry package beer, and his first shipment came in Tuesday. The delivery consisted of Dark Horse Crooked Tree and Thirsty Trout, Lagunitas Sucks and Olde Gnarly Wine, North Coast Old Rasputin and Rochefort 8 — just to name a few. More brands will arrive later this week from a second distributor.

It was an honor to be the first person to purchase a bottle from Chris. It was a bottle of Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine (limited release American Barley Wine, 10.6 percent ABV).

It poured a nice copper color with a thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was full of fruit — plums, cherries, dates and apple, with a hint of hops. Candy sugar, caramel and molasses were up front on the flavor, followed by rich ,dark fruit.

Overall, a very nice beer.  I gave it a rating of 4.24 out of 5 on  The only thing that was missing from my experience was a roaring fire to sit beside.

Since March is Beer Book Month, Hop Notes will be sponsoring free book drawings at two Goshen locations during First Friday on March 6.

Enter your name into the drawing at DIY (and pick up a couple of those newly arrived bottles or some homebrew supplies while you are there) for one of two copies of “Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer.”

Authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn explore brewing with lots of crazy ingredients including bacon, chanterelle mushrooms, defatted cacao nibs and peanut butter powder.  

I know that in my early days of homebrewing, experimental beer didn’t necessarily mean good beer, but this book takes experimental beer recipes to another level. With 240 pages and 92 wonderful photos, the book shares more than 30 recipes, ranging from Boswell’s oat beer and watermelon mint sparkling fresca, to Humdrum wheat and bacon helles. Lab coats and goggles are optional.

Two different titles will be offered in the free drawing at Better World Books Goshen.

“Beer: The Ultimate World Tour” is a great hardcover, 288-page coffee table book, as well a useful beer reference. Author Bill Yenne takes you on a world tour beginning in Ireland, then heading through Europe and Russia, the Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, Canada, and ending in the United States. The preface is written by Fergal Murray, master brewer for Guinness in Dublin.

According to the author’s introduction, the “book is organized regionally, because regions have their own characteristic brewing culture and heritage of beer styles. It is designed for people who enjoy beer as well as the cultrual nuances of brewing history.”

There is a short overview of beer and its ingredients before moving right into the geographical beer regions of the world.  There are multiple color photos on each and every page throughout the book.

In Yenne’s own words, “This book is both a global survey and a global celebration of beer.”  Forget about packing your suitcase for now. Just open a beer and hike to the nearest couch with this book.

The second title in the drawing is “Mikkeller’s Book of Beer.” The man behind Mikkeller brewery offers his guide to the best beers. Discover how he got started in the business, and learn about the ever-growing Nordic beer revolution with its fascinating origins. Then, find out everything you have ever wanted to know about these highly versatile drinks with an in-depth look at the different types and the intrinsic differences between them.

Drawing on his years of experimenting with tastes, textures and techniques in the art of beer brewing, Mikkel offers his own extraordinary insights into the processes behind your favorite beers.

Starting with the basics, discover how to make beer at home with easy-to-follow recipes covering many of the sought-after brews that Mikkeller and his friends have become known for.

In addition to this, learn about how to taste beer and understand its flavors. With a chapter dedicated to food, Mikkel offers an alternative to wine with meals and teaches us which beers work best with what foods as well as providing us with a few tasty recipes of his own.

Thanks to Quayside Publishing for providing these books for Goshen’s First Friday Beer Book Month drawings. Visit the publisher’s website to find out more about Beer Book Month.

To enter the free drawing for any of the above titles, visit Better World Books and DIY Coffee and Ale Supply during Goshen’s First Friday celebration March 6. Winners will be drawn later in the evening.

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