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Deus Brut des Flanders

"Wow, what a beer!" pretty much sums up this amazing beer from Brouwerij Bosteels (brewer of house favorite Tripel Karmaliet).  The first impression is how beautiful the presentation is of the beer in the 750 ml Champagne bottle.  This is not simply a gimmick however, Deus undergoes it's original fermentation and aging in Belgium but then is actually shipped to the Champagne region in France where it is given a secondary bottle fermentation in the traditional "méthode champenoise." 

The beer is then put into riddling racks, exactly like traditional Champagne, where the bottles are turned daily and gradually tilted toward the ground. This riddling is continued until the bottles are hanging vertically with the neck of the bottle facing down, a process which takes several weeks. This twisting and tilting forces the yeast sediment to compact into the neck of the bottle. The neck of the bottle is frozen which forms a slug containing the yeast and sediment.  When the bottle closure is removed, pressure forces this slug out resulting in a crystal clear beer. Just as is done for Champagne, a "dosage" of additional Deus is added to refill the bottle before corking.

What does all this mean for the flavor of the beer? It means that this beer is absolutely the perfect union between Dom Perignon and Duvel. A brilliant spicyness and nutty flavor from the yeast with a wonderful dry flavor, surprising given the 11%+ ABV, makes this absolutely the most romatic and festive beer I have ever had. 

Hell, don't take my word for it though:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deus-brut-des-flandres/18912/

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/202/7661

Blue Sky Wind Power Report

Just got our annual report from Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Program. We purchased 195,600 kilowatt-hours of wind power in 2011. We avoided 234,403 lbs of CO2 release which is the equivalent of 238,329 miles not driven or 2,756 trees planted. It turns out that we actually used 203,366 kilowatt-hours so we missed our 100% goal and ended up at 96.2% wind.

We are making that up right now by purchasing extra blocks to overshoot 2012 usage and get back to 100% wind power overall.

If you are interested in Blue Sky for you home or business check it out at http://www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky It really isn't that expensive overall and goes a long way to helping keep our air clean. The Beer Nut and Bayou are determined to maintaining a 100% renewable power program.

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday!

Mardi GrasThis Tuesday, March 21st, is Mardi Gras!!! We will be celebrating all night with music by Chalula, beads for everyone (no need to embarrass yourselves), killer beers and great Cajun and Creole food. Get on down and enjoy this traditional day of eating and drinking.

Now, you might not know it from looking through ad's in The City Weekly, but Mardi Gras actually translates to Fat Tuesday. Notice the key usage of the word Tuesday. This means that the holiday occurs on TUESDAY not Friday or Saturday. Of course in Utah we find ourselves celebrating Cinco de Mayo on whatever Saturday or Friday is closest to the Fifth; Independence day on the 4th unless it is a Sunday and then we go to Friday or Saturday using some method I have no understanding of. Same with Halloween where kids use the whole weekend if it falls on a Sunday. At The Bayou we will always celebrate Mardi Gras properly on Tuesday.

Anyway, getting that rant out of my system, Mardi Gras is a day of celebration in Anglican and Catholic traditions, the last day of eating rich, fatty food and drinking before the fasting of the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday (the day after Mardi Gras). While many consider the whole period of festivities leading up to that special Tuesday as "Mardi Gras" really is it more appropriate to call that time Carnival.

If you have ever wondered how the date is calculated (considering that it seems to swing wildly from year to year) here is the forumla: Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter. Easter is the Sunday following the full moon following the vernal equinox. However, the vernal equinox and full moon are not determined astronomically (that would make too much sense) but a theoretical model called the Ecclesiastical Full Moon is used. It is long and convoluted process with differences depending on which orthodox group you follow. You can read the whole messy system on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computus

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