Category Archives: TeamCraftBeerKiliClimb2015

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales

Session Beers are the new Double IPA’s.  If craft beer is to become a bigger part of the overall brewing market; lower alcohol beers are a necessity.  Not every palate is suited for big, hoppy IPA’s or boozey bourbon barrel aged stouts.  Me personally…I love big beers and I appreciate the complexity of these beers but I am also learning to love more and more session beers.

I popped in to Bottlecraft in San Diego last night  for a visit with friend Renee.  The place was packed.  My ability to drink beer has been a bit challenged lately so I was perusing the cooler looking for something mellow.  I spied a bottle of Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales “Kili Wit” and my choice was made.

Kili Wit is a 5.5% Witbier brewed with “organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice“.   This beer is bready (is this actually a word?) on the nose with hints of orange blossoms, banana and coriander.  The beer pours with a thick, off-white head that holds for a significant period.  Medium carbonation and dry mouthfeel.  The orange zest is prominent on the palate.   I detect a little funk but not sure where it comes from.   No hop bitterness.  The spice is light which appeals to my taste.  I don’t care for really spicy witbiers but that is just my taste.  I thought it finished quite dry with a little lingering spice.  I enjoyed this beer very much as did several others that I shared it with.   It’s so nice to find beers under 6% ABV that have complex flavors.  Consider me a fan!

I love the labels on the Logsdon beers, the Kili Wit being no exception.  What’s not to love about adorable giraffes gazing at the snowy slopes of Kilimanjaro?  In 2015 I hope to cross climbing this peak off my bucket list so the images on Logsdon bottles inspire me.  On a social note, a percentage of proceeds from this beer goes to the  K2 Adventures Foundation.  The brewery operates as a cooperative and the members participate in all aspects of the brewery work.  How cool is that?  They even have a small herd of organic raised Scottish Highlander cattle that dine on spent barely, oats & wheat!!!

You can check out the Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ale’s website here:

http://farmhousebeer.com/farmhouseales.php

This is the 3rd beer I have tried from Logsdon and I am a fan of all three.  I can’t wait to try the Peche ‘n’ Brett and the Cerasus.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled for their new releases in the upcoming months.  I’ll also be checking out availability when I visit Portland next week.  If you can find Logsdon beers in your area, please give them a try.

Cheers!

xoxo
TheArtofBeer

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with TheArtofBeer 2015

Plans are taking shape for the mother of all Craft Beer Team Expeditions to summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2015!  My goal is to get 10 fellow craft beer evangelists on my team.  These people must be committed and dedicated.  I would like also like to make this a fundraiser for a Craft Beer charity.  Kili is not a big technical climb – it is a trek with the most technical part being the summit day.

This will be a professionally managed climb using a professional and respected operator like the one found in the link below.  The company must respect and properly compensate the native porters for their hard work and must also respect and protect the fragile ecosystem.  There are several companies that I have researched.  This is one possibility.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with The African Walking Company | the Best Guides on the Best Routes.

For budget purposes plan on about $3k for the actual expedition.  We will research airfare deals for best options but use $1k for a budget number.  It will be best to have a day or two there to get over jet lag before expedition begins.  It would also be great to spend a few days after to relax and explore Tanzania before returning home.  All told I will say that $5k is the budget figure to shoot for with savings goal.  If you start putting aside $40 per week you will save $5200 in 130 weeks – put it in a savings account and you will gain a bit of intrest as well.  You can also start your own fundraising efforts to help supplement your expenses.  Think of cheerleading camp fundraising in high school LOL!  Get your friends behind you so that you have support and a source of shame if you get lazy and quit!

While I am calling this TeamCraftBeerKiliClimb2015 — please know that during the climb, it is ill advised to drink alcohol because of altitude sickness and dehydration risk.  In other words, we are not doing this to drink beer every night.  We will however toast with a few sips of some highly “overrated” but highly loved CRAFT beer at the summit.  When we get back to lower ground, that’s when we will cut loose & CELEBRATE!!!!!

If you are truly interested in doing this then follow this blog and email me with you contact info and details about why you want to go.

More info soon my adventuresome friends!

Love and Respect

TheArtofBeer
xoxo

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