Basho on Poetry

I recently finished reading The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa edited by former Poet Laureate Robert Hass. Here are some highlights from what Basho had to say about poetry that I appreciated. Don’t follow in the footsteps of the old poets,...
Bomber Barley Wine from Northern Brewer

Bomber Barley Wine from Northern Brewer

While I typically brew one-gallon all grain recipes, I got this Bomber Barley Wine recipe kit from Northern Brewer using a gift card I got for Christmas. Compared to all grain, Northern Brewer’s recipe kits are simpler and faster. Instead of creating the mash...
Figure Drawing — Class #2

Figure Drawing — Class #2

I’m taking a six-week figure drawing class at the San Francisco Art Institute. Here are my sketches from the second class. This is my second drawing course. I took intro to drawing at SFAI in 2009. All drawings are done with vine charcoal. Poses were 10 minutes...
Brew Day: White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter

Brew Day: White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter

I ordered the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter from Northern Brewer as an experiment. They now offer one gallon recipe kits, but they are not all grain, as I have been doing for the past year. Instead of mashing the grains, you steep the specialty grains for 10...