My picture is actually missing one of the beers we will try this evening... here are the beers, in tasting order:
1. Abita Amber
4. Boont Amber
So, needless to say, I'm looking forward to this!! Also, I get to use my little tasting cups that I hoarded at the Dallas Observer Brewfest a few weeks ago.
While my tasting mind has been on ambers, my brewing mind has been on Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. If I didn't have about 8 cases of beer aging right now, I'd totally brew this today. Found this recipe for it.... (This recipe from Freezeblade.)
75% eff. AG. 5.5 gallons. Mash@156 for 60 mins, 60 min boil.
7# Marris Otter
.5# Brown Malt
.5# British Crystal 55L
.25# British Crystal 135L
.25# UK Chocolate malt
.25# Flaked oats (toasted)
WLP026 Premium Bitter Yeast, although WLP005 or any other english strain would be awesome in it as well.
I don't know about you, but I wasn't familiar with adding hops "FWH" - so, follow the link for some explanation. Definitely trying this on my next brewing experience!! (BTW - explore that site a bit - it's a good one!)
So, keep on the lookout for our tasting notes with the ambers - and, I'm contemplating a podcast that would feature a few beers and a scotch... so, there's that...