Archive for February, 2006

Father’s Favorite Ale Labels

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

(reposted from Mercs Own):
Paul has sent me some beautiful new labels for his Father’s Favorite Ale. Yes, that’s his dad, Gus Mercurio, you see in these photos. Click the small images below for a better look. Which is your favorite?

Food Trail Congrats to Paul–his

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Food Trail
Congrats to Paul–his six-episode show, Food Trail, premiered to fantastic ratings, winning its time slot!
Paul is sending me the disks, and I hope to have some clips up soon.

Queen’s Baton due in Victoria

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Queen’s Baton due in Victoria
THE Queen’s Baton will today arrive in host state Victoria ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which start in Melbourne on March 15.
The hi-tech Baton, which has spent five days in South Australia, will enter Victoria’s north west tip near the town Merbein about 3pm (AEDT).

The Baton’s first week in Victoria will include a hot air balloon ride in Mildura, a trip in a horse drawn Cobb and Co coach at Swan Hill, a ride on the miniature railway at Shepparton and two horse-and-sulky rides.

The Baton will also go to Bendigo, Healseville, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Baton relay runners will include dancer Paul Mercurio and motor racing legend Peter Brock.

Baton relay began its Australian journey on January 25 in Castlereagh, NSW, and has travelled through Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

By the time the Baton reaches the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on March 15, it will have travelled 180,000km.


Saturday, February 11th, 2006

I’m brewing today! I am experimenting with my Summer Ale. Instead of making the one batch with the liquid yeast I am going to make my normal recipe but split the batch into two and trial two different yeasts. I have a couple of reasons for doing so – cost factor of liquid yeasts when brewing commercially, willingness of contract brewery to use liquid yeast, safety from infected growth etc but at the end of the day it is more about fun and trying new things than anything else. It’s even more fun when they are ready to taste and I invite friends over to sample the three, four or five different beers or just to see the sparkle in my wife