I am a big fan of anyone who attempts to brew beer at home- it’s complicated business.  There is a lot that can go wrong during the fermentation process, which can result in some seriously funky, and potentially disastrous brew.

That being said, when one of your friends attempts home-brewing greatness, the results can also be apocalyptically good.  Such is the case with Mike Franklin and his home-brewed IPA.

Mike’s beer was all freshness and light, amazingly floral on the nose- and redolent of jasmine tea and  lemon blossoms.  The palate was full of crackling, lemony hop-flavor, curbed by an immediate and bracing bitterness.  I also discovered notes of freshly cut grass and those malty, bready, yeasty aromas hovering within the finish. The mouth-feel was also  masterful- soft and full-bodied with a very fine and even carbonation.

Cheers to you, Mike Franklin.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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