Burley Oak

Yesterday we made a stop at Burley Oak in Berlin, Maryland.

Burley Oak Sign
Michele in front of the tap room.

Nice small tap room with some really good beers. These were our flights.

Michele's Flight
Citralaxy, 100 Mosaic, Sequoia Sap, Coffee & Cream, Rude Boy, Bunker
George's Flight
Homegrown, Pyramid, High Whhheat, Lost, Gangster, Conquito J.R.E.A.M.

And here is the full tap list at the time of our visit:

Full tap list
Full tap list at the time of our visit.

The tap room is pretty small, although they have opened up “The Cellar” – it’s for the barrel aged beers. We didn’t make it back there.

My favorite that I had there was the Grape Squish:

Grape Squish
GRAPE SQUISH W/ CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAPES

Change

I’m about to make my Saison again. This will be a variation on the much loved Pat’s Choice. I’m naming it Change because a good bit of the base grain is changing and some of the hops. Also, a lot of change is happening in my life right now.

Keg Washing

Do you keg yet? I hope so. I started kegging very early into my brewing adventure. The ease of kegging drew me to it – actually, the hassle of bottling drew me to it more. I find it very satisfying to be able to walk downstairs and pull myself a nice, fresh pint whenever I want.

At my place, we have 8 taps available. It is really nice to have that available here. Of course, with so many kegs, there is much cleaning to be done! I did manual cleaning, and still do in certain circumstances; however, for the bulk of the keg cleaning I use the Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer:

Not only does is make the job much easier since you do not have to disassemble the kegs, you will also use significantly less cleaning chemicals. The instructions for PBW, my preferred cleaning agent, says to use 3/4 oz of product per gallon of warm to hot water. In a standard 5 gallon keg, that would be 3.75 oz of product. The Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer only requires 1 gallon of water, so instead of using the 3.75 oz necessary to clean one keg, you are using .75 oz for one keg. Additionally, you can clean multiple kegs in one session, so the product goes even further.