Category Archives: drinkies

I made this

So at the Barn Raisers‘ Brew Night every month, people tend to bring all kinds of delicious homemade drinkables. Wine, beer, cider, ginger beer, kombucha, mead – it’s a chance to share, show off, and get feedback. This month I … Continue reading

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Seasonally appropriate: some words on a tree and toasty beverage

So it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  There are snow flurries, everyone has a bright red nose like Rudolph and we’ve hauled the faux tree out of the storage loft and planned a soiree for later this week.  … Continue reading

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Fairy wine

My introduction to the fine people of the Buffalo Barnraisers began in February when I went to a bread workshop.  While we waited for the whole wheat bread to rise we were treated to homemade lilac wine.  I knew that … Continue reading

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A journey to the center of the state

Memorial Day weekend!  A time to get out of town.  K. and I left the familiar haven of Western New York for the strange and marvelous world that is Central New York – all the way to the Hamilton/Poolville area, … Continue reading

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Dandelion Wine

I read Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine as a kid, but don’t remember much of it – I think my brain mixed it up with parts of The Martian Chronicles, especially “There Will Come Soft Rains,” until all that I can … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: Ramps

Home brewing has been a social godsend.  Brewing sessions are often social occasions, it turns out: knowledge and food are shared along with beer.  At a recent brew day in Holland NY, smoky homemade hot sauce and some excellent sharp … Continue reading

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Kvass: having your bread and drinking it too

Honestly, I owe Wikipedia for this one.  I found out about kvass (or квас) while browsing articles about various homebrewed concoctions, although I probably actually first heard of it in Russian class and then forgot about it along with almost … Continue reading

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Tea-infused gin is almost acceptable for breakfast

Yesterday I was going about my business until this Hairpin post came up and I had to stop and make some tea-infused gin. Luckily we had gin already, or else this would not have happened.  (Gin is wonderful.)  I used … Continue reading

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In which the guest narrator battles the Law of Conservation of Mass–and wins

Greetings and salutations, readers of Friends and Hammers, I am MC Casual BlogStyles, the ersatz blogger who has been foisted upon you during Allifer’s absence.  I am younger, less well-read, and somewhat less domestic and resourceful.  In addition to being … Continue reading

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To cure what ails ya

I’m sure you’re all on tenterhooks wondering how the pertsovka came out.  Well, friends, I’ve never had real pertsovka so I can’t speak to how authentic the taste is.  But if we’re talking medicinal properties, that’s another story.  In retrospect … Continue reading

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