beer bottling

July 28th, 2010

Now for the moment of truth, we finally get to taste and bottle our beer that we had made at the man bath. Quang, Duy, and I arrived on a busy day. Brewbakers was having a grand opening next door for their wine making venture. Knowing this two weeks ago, we planned this to coincide with our bottling. We were interested to see what the wine making experience was all about and wanted to support their grand opening. We had to wait about 30 minutes before there was room for us to bottle so we each had a beer and some of those fresh pretzel bread sticks while waiting.

While bottling, we took frequent samples of our red ale, I thought it tasted pretty good.  Quite pleased, we patted ourselves on the back, continued to bottle and drink.  Even getting a nice little buzz off of it.

Duy pressing on the airtight cap.

After we got home, we dusted off the bottles. So fresh and so clean.

Tony cutting down labels

Final trim

Duy came up with the name Buff Beer and the conceptual art that went along with it.  He chose Buff Beer because of our obvious combination of love for muscles and The Simpsons.


the manbath

July 16th, 2010

If you’re taking the urban dictionary definition of manbath to help you interpret what you’re about to witness in this post, you’re only partially right.  Lot’s of dudes? Yes! Actual bath? No, but we did soak up some suds.

The guys thought it would be cool to spend a few hours hanging out at Brew Bakers in Huntington Beach. Here we had some brewsky, fresh bread, pizza and even made our own batch of beer.  All of this was happening while Thao was having her bridal shower across town.

Fresh pretzel bread

The crystal wheat malt about to be ground

No plates needed


The ingredients for our red ale

Hoang doing what he does best–tea bagging.

Duy gets in on the tea bagging action.

Eric couldn’t resist a little tea bagging of his own.

Whhhhattttt? How did my shirt come off? One arm tea bagging!

What’s a manbath without a little immaturity?

John pouring the ale

Stirring up the brew

Random image: cross-face chicken wing.

Taking a little sip of the Remy 1738 cognac that David brought

What’s a party without a vuvuzela?

Our Laker pride showing with the Ron and Pau boilers.

All gone…

It was a great day! We will come back in two weeks to bottle our beer.  It will be amazing!

P.S. Thank you Tony and Duy for taking pix.