by Brian Wall
As you may have guessed, I enjoy a good IPA. The hop flavor bursts in a strong, bitter flavor and just completely assaults the taste buds in a way that ensures you are not only alive but enjoying something that demonstrates a history of beer making. Hops were used for flavoring but more importantly, they were used for their natural preservative qualities. The fact that they give a strong piney scent to beer is just an added plus to the enjoyment.
When home brewing, I look forward to opening of the hop package because it allows me the ability to breathe in deeply of all that scent. It cascades through the nose and imparts memories of pine forests after a strong rainfall. While this may not be the same experience that you have for hops, there is no denying that the scent is something to be experienced. Flavor and scent do vary depending on the hop variety and this fact is taken fully advantage of by beer makers around the world. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Gin Mill hosts a blind beer tasting Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Stone Brewing Co. from San Diego, CA and local brewer Franconia Brewery of McKinney, TX. Test your beer knowledge and tasting skills. Cost is $30 per person and includes light bites to cleanse the palate and 16 varieties of beer. Continue reading
by Melissa Robert
With over 100 chairs filled with anxious patrons, The Gin Mill threw quite a dinner to help locals revel in their food and beer loving ways. The true guests of honor would have to be Franconia and Stone; breweries that is. I was lucky enough to be directed to one of the last parking spots by none other than owner, Peter Kenny. When we got a chance to chat inside, he was excited to be commemorating the one year mark for The Gin Mill, located on Henderson Avenue. Kenny, who also owns Capitol Pub and The Dubliner, has added reason to celebrate given the successful run of 5 and 18 years respectively. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
The Gin Mill hosts a winter-inspired beer dinner Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. featuring Stone Brewing Co. from San Diego, CA and local brewer Franconia Brewery of McKinney, TX.
Two select brews from each brewery will be paired with 4 pub-inspired courses. Cost is $35 per person, excluding gratuity, tax and additional beverages. This is a true beer bargain. Continue reading