Fall is Here
Oct 1st, 2013 by Mike

And to celebrate we cracked a bottle of the Major’s latest:


A tasty Belgian white

Two Summer Brews
May 27th, 2013 by Mike

Here are the latest from The Major’s Brewery.

The first is a Belgian style Trappist ale commonly called dubbel. It’s a meal in itself. Yummy.

Dubbel Trubbel

Dubbel Trubbel Belgian Ale

The second is an Irish blonde style. This is light and refreshing beer with a smooth mouthfeel from the flaked barley. Although this label says  4.0% alcohol by volume, it’s really 5.9%. I added extra malt after making the label. The labels on the bottles have the correct alcohol percent on them.

Blue Eyed Blonde

Blue Eyed Blonde Irish Ale



New Beers
May 4th, 2013 by Mike

I brewed these two beers last November and December respectively. I just got around to making the labels. I had them both legged (they still are), but bottled a few later to share with The Villages Homebrew Club and a few friends. I was expecting a blonde ale instead of the amber, but I guess I ordered darker malts than a blonde calls for. So I just brewed a blonde ale last week and a Belgian Dubbel a couple of weeks ago. I just bottled the dubbed yesterday, so expect labels soon.


Stars and Stripes Amber Ale



Death Ray Rye IPA


Got The Brewery Going
Jul 18th, 2012 by Mike

Since May 5th, I’ve been busy crafting three different 5 gallon batches of beer. Here they are:

The Major’s Hopalong IPA

The Major’s Clown Nose Red

The Major’s Regimental Milk Chocolate Stout

These are the 72nd, 73rd, and 74th batches of beer I have brewed since I started in 1993. These three are especially good. If I can find the room, I’ll bring samples with me for Old Dad and Patrick when we head for California this fall.

The red is an extract brew. The stout and IPA are all-grain concoctions. If you want the recipe, just leave a comment and if I have your email address, I’ll send it to you. (Don’t leave your email in the body of your comments).

Higher Beer Prices: Hops Scarce
Apr 25th, 2008 by Mike

The Villages Daily Sun quoted the New York Post regarding global warming and beer prices:

High beer prices are on tap, and global warming could be to blame.

The environmental crisis has hit suds-lovers where it hurts most–at the bar and in the wallet–as prices of grains and hops soar, activists say.

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Another Beer Quote
Jun 13th, 2007 by Mike

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”~ Stephen Wright

Deep Thoughts
Mar 20th, 2007 by Mike

“If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose.”

“Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handy

Another Dave Barry Quote
Oct 28th, 2006 by Mike

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without hydrogen or oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.”

Another Beer Saying
Sep 24th, 2006 by Mike

“Money may not buy happiness, Loretta, but it does buy beer.”
–From “The Lockhorns” by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner

Beer Quote
Sep 10th, 2006 by Mike

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
–Dave Barry

Jun 8th, 2006 by Mike

We’re at the Hampton Inn in Chatanooga, TN, enroute to Indianapolis to see our progeny and touch base with some old friends. We had dinner at the Big River Grille and & Brewing Works. The food is always great and the beer is delicious.

This weekend, David, my son, and I will be going on a golf retreat. Two days of golf, some great worship and deviotion time, and good fellowship. Should be cool.

The rest of the week we’ll hang out with the offspring and visit friends. If I feel motivated, maybe I’ll post something.

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