sour brown


Sunday 15th January.

I had to work this morning & of course with my gym being so close to work, I decided to get a good workout in afterwards.

Food intake:

Bowl of sustain & skim milk.
2 banana yogurt pouches (60 cal ea)

Roast chicken BLT smash wrap from red rooster @ around 550 cals.

Sweet and sour chicken & brown rice.


184 cals in total burnt via elliptical.
20 6kg medicine ball slams.
20 mountain climbers.
20 step ups.
30 crunches.
20 8kg Russian twist.
50 heel taps.
20 x 115kg leg extension.
50 x 54kg lat pull.
20 x 80kg leg press.
30 x 35kg chest press.
20 x 35kg shoulder press.
50 x 54kg low row.


1. It’s just hair, it grows back & you can fix colors, do what you want with it.
2. If other people can eat it, so can you, try new foods. You either like it or you don’t, lesson learned.
3. If you want to do something, do it without telling people so that their opinions about it won’t change your mind. Do whatever you want.
4. Plants and candles literally make your room 2000 times better I don’t care if ur a big strong man, go buy urself a manly cactus and a woodsy scented candle and boom new room.
5. Never underestimate the power of good underwear. Splurge on those name brand undies, you deserve it.
6. A secret: strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar tastes amazing, please try it and if it sounds gross please look back to reminder #2.
7. These aren’t even reminders anymore they’re just general life tips I’m sorry but reminder: don’t judge & let things become what they are becoming.


Made a trip out to Berkeley the other day. I’ve been in contact with Jay Goodwin over at The Rare Barrel about my microbiology project I’m working on and he was kind enough to give me some samples of beer I can run tests on.

Next week I’ll be trying to culture Pediococcus damnosus out of these beers. The first sample Jay gave me is a year-old golden sour that, during initial propagation, expressed ropiness which I suspect is a likely sign of exopolysaccharide production through β-glucan synthesis brought on by P. damnosus. The second sample is also a month-old golden sour brewed with a mixed culture including a White Labs strain of P. damnosus that does not expresses ropiness.

While I was in the area I also popped by The Torpedo Room to do some tasting. I got a flight of the new Ovila Brown with Mandarin and Cacao and Ovila Quad with Cherries. I also got tasters of Hit Me With Your Best Hop Schwarzbier / Black Lager, Audition Double IPA, Old Chico Pale Bock as well as a half pour of Audition Stout. On my way out I grabbed a bottle of Trip In The Woods Barrel-Aged Stout aged in red wine and bourbon barrels, Trip In The Woods Barrel-Aged Old Ale aged n bourbon barrels, and growlers of Audition Double IPA and Otra Vez.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I found out I was invited to a second round of interviews with Sierra Nevada and wanted to do some due diligence, try some of their newer beers, and ask people how they liked working for the company and if they had any advice going into my second interview.

Thornbridge - Sour Brown. First off this is an expensive beer. At just shy of £9 it is not one to have a session on. However, this is a really complex beer, you can really taste the cherries and raisin with the warmth of the oaky wine underpinning it all. There are layers and layers of flavour, this is what you would expect to pay a small fortune for if it were a wine. Oh yeah, it is sour, but not overpoweringly so. Well executed and very special. Would love to mature one in the bottle and see how it pans out. Exceptional.


Hooray, hooray, it’s time for Friday Reads! I’m getting my borscht on with Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking (and feeling weirdly nostalgic for the huge brown semi-sour loaves that I lived on for two years in Prague– mmmm, chleb). 

Intern Megan says Where the Bird Sings Best is “every bit as bonkers and mindblowing as I feel like Jodorowsky probably is.”

Mr. Bob Mondello reports, “I’m getting a jump on Shakespeare’s Birthday (April 23) by reading accounts of the Astor Place Riots in Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now.  Amazing story about a time when folks took theater reeeeeeally seriously: On May 19, 1849, more than 15,000 fans of American actor Edwin Forrest, descended on the Astor Place Opera House where his British rival William Charles Macready was performing Macbeth. The rioting not only stopped the show, but also resulted in 20 deaths and more than 100 injuries. Those were the days, no?“ 

Founding Mother Susan Stamberg is reading Listener Supported as she prepares an obituary for Don (not Dan) Quayle, NPR’s first president – tune in to tonight’s All Things Considered to hear it.

Editor Nina has a little light weekend reading, Vincent Crapanzano’s Recapitulations.

And Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates has an ARC of Wednesday Martin’s Primates of Park Avenue. “Martin, an anthropologist, moved with her husband and child from downtown to Manhattan’s Upper East Side and used her anthropological skills to explain the social mores of the 1%. Equal parts frightening and entertaining.”

How about you? What’s on your shelf this weekend?

– Petra