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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gnomes + Hops = Beer!

A Gnome checking his Hops

Gnomes like beer!

Here is a family tradition that is handed down from generation to generation. It goes way back to 1200 A.D.  and the fine art and enjoyment of making beer. We know gnomes are from Scandinavia and central Europe where beer is like water. The yeast secrets are held within their clans and guarded. Add some fresh hops, barley, wheat, etc. and you have the makings of fine beer. Buried under an old tree stump you can imagine a little brewery turning out little wooden kegs of dark beer. Like wine, storage underground works just fine.

Any chance of celebration, out comes the little kegs to be shared and admired. Lots of friendly family competition I imagine.

Now, when our gnomes can’t tap into some leftover human beer, that’s a bonus! Given their size, it doesn’t take much to get them “happy.” Good times ahead at the next Berry Ball Game.

Hops are easy to grow here in Western Washington and make a tall climbing decorative cover for a garden arbor like grapes do. Combine the two and it is happy time for all.

With that, I’ll “hop” out of here. All is well.

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