Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Taste of Thanksgiving in Georgia

Too Many Cooks! with Meredith Scherer
A Taste of Thanksgiving in Georgia

Join Wild Goose Creative to warm up for Thanksgiving with the dishes you could enjoy in a Southern home. Meredith Scherer will demonstrate some of her favorite time-tested tricks and techniques and treat us to a wide array of sides, desserts, and unmissables. Cornbread dressing, Senator Russell sweet potatoes, pea casserole, buttermilk pie, turkey with a unique twist, and more...now I'm getting hungry. Come sample the bounty and get thankful a little bit early this year!

When: Sunday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.
Where: 2491 Summit Street, Columbus, OH 43202
How Much: Suggested Donation: $10

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Homebrew bottled!

Last night we bottled the pale ale brewed by Frank Barickman of the SODZ at our October Too Many Cooks! Eric Bean, brewmaster of the Columbus Brewing Company, also joined us last night. Frank set us to work on cleaning, bottling, and capping the beer.

Frank also shared the final stats and recipe for our homebrew with me, so I wanted to pass them on:

5.5 gallon batch (3.0 gallon boil)
OG = 1.054 (13.4P)
FG = 1.014 (3.6P)
SRM = 10
IBU = 41
ABV = 5.2%

6.0 lbs Dry Malt Extract (Light)
0.5 lbs dextrine malt
0.5 lbs crystal 40

0.75 oz Amarillo 8% AA (60 min) (partial boil 3 gal = 20 IBUs)
1.5 oz Amarillo 8% AA (20 min)
(partial boil 3 gal = 20 IBUs)
2.0 oz Amarillo 8% AA (1 min) (partial boil 3 gal = 1 IBUS)

We'll probably crack open some of the beers in early December (on Frank's suggestion), but we're hoping to save some for our New Year's Festival. Yet another reason to register for it!

We want to say thanks again to Frank and Eric for sharing their expertise with us! If you'd like to see more of them and their work, look for Eric at the CBC's Winter Warmer release party at Studio 35 on Thursday, October 30 at 6 p.m. Frank will be at Gordon Biersch on Saturday, November 1, helping to host the American Hombrewers' Association Teach a Friend to Brew Day, starting around 9 a.m. Come watch as brewers brew different batches of beer that day!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Season of mists...

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."

So begins John Keats' poem "To Autumn." It's one of my favorite poems, and perhaps my favorite line of poetry. Mists and mellow fruitfulness. A college English professor I once had taught us about this poem, and he read the first line over and over again, emphasizing the m, s, and u sounds. The lines themselves just sound like autumn: full u's, crisp s's, round m's. I love the connotations - even just in the word selection - that autumn is cool and full. Try saying the line aloud a few times. Savor it, like a juicy apple.

On that note, we want to welcome you to our second annual Art of the Harvest. Join us as we make merry with pumpkin carving, mulling spice blending, hot cider and fresh baked pumpkin pie! We’ll also be joined by some of our favorite musicians and performers as they share stories and songs inspired by this stunning season!

Bring a pumpkin from your favorite patch or we’ll have pumpkins on hand for purchase ($5).

What: Third Thursdays w/Wild Goose Creative
When: Thursday, October 16th at 8 p.m.
Where: OUR NEW SPACE! 2491 Summit Street, Columbus, OH 43202
Suggested Donation: $5

And to end with my second favorite autumn quote:
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
- George Eliot

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Join us for bottling our homebrew!

Everyone is welcome to join us for a follow-up event to our October Too Many Cooks!, in which Eric Bean of the Columbus Brewing Company and Frank Barickman of the local homebrew club, the SODZ, taught us about beer. During that event, Frank brewed a small batch of a pale ale at our space - many of you got to try the wort of the beer in progress.

We're welcoming everyone back to join Frank as he bottles the pale ale to save it for our New Year's Festival. We'll get to sample the pale ale while Frank explains some of the bottling process.

Everyone is asked to bring a couple bottles (or a six-pack, if you like) of a different beer to share. Come and enjoy a variety of beers while we enjoy some of our own homebrew!

Beer-bottling and BYOB party!
Monday, October 20
7 p.m.
Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit St. (just south of Hudson)

Beer and brewing follow-up!

Thanks to everyone who came to Too Many Cooks this past Sunday! We especially want to thank Eric Bean of the Columbus Brewing Company and Frank Barickman of the SODZ for the donation of their time, expertise, and resources. Here are some sites that Frank has passed along in case you wanted to know more about beer and homebrewing:

http://www.bjcp.org/ - site for the Beer Judge Certification Program

http://www.beertown.org - site for the American Homebrewing Association

And don't forget one of my favorites, http://beeradvocate.com, a great site for exploring and discussing beer.

For the record, the beers we tasted were:
1. Gordon Biersch Berliner Weiss
2. Gordon Biersch Berliner Weiss (with woodruff extract)
3. Columbus Brewing Co Apricot Ale
4. CBC Meg's Gold
5. CBC 90 Shilling (Scottish Ale)
6. CBC India Pale Ale

And stay tuned for a follow-up event in a couple weeks - Frank brewed a small batch of a pale ale during the event, and pretty soon we'll have a small BYOB party while we sample and bottle the homebrew! Details will be coming up soon!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Too Many Cooks with Eric Bean this weekend!

Just a reminder that this Sunday we are joined for October's Too Many Cooks! by Eric Bean, brewmaster of the Columbus Brewing Company and Frank Barickman, president of Columbus' homebrewing club The SODZ! The two of them will lead us in a beer tasting, discuss the basic process of brewing beer, chat about their love of brewing, even brew a small batch of beer at our space.

This is the first big event happening at our brand new space at 2491 Summit St. in Clintonville. So whether you've been to every Wild Goose event, or your brand new to us, come check out the space and see what's happening!

This event is also serving as a Columbus Underground Meetup. Some of the online community from ColumbusUnderground.com will be joining us, too. We're looking forward to connecting with Walker Evans, operator of the site, and with the CU community!

Too Many Cooks! with Eric Bean and Frank Barickman
Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m.
2491 Summit St. (just south of Hudson)
Parking is available on Summit or behind our building
Suggested donation $10
For ages 21+

(P. S. Join us afterwards for a concert of Matt Beckler, The Vice Versas, and Common Shiner. We've worked with all three of them and they're WGC favorites! They'll be playing at High Five Bar in Short North. We'll distribute special WGC discounts for door admission after Too Many Cooks!)