he joined us promptly on his due date, the 16/11/2015, at 6:11pm, and since then, Jenna and i have been falling in love with him over and over, each and every day.
to honour his birth and celebrate it, i wanted to brew a beer - the same thing i do for many things i love and enjoy and appreciate. for this little guy though, i wanted something more unique, and so along came the ''milestone international lager'. i named it this for various reasons - firstly, as it shares his name, but also because i will re-brew this beer (and tweak it and improve it every version) as he celebrates milestones throughout his life. it is also a milestone for me as a brewer as it is my first proper lager. i'd never properly made one before and used the right temperatures for ferment and so this beer is a big leap and step for me as a brewer. i'm really looking forward to sharing this keg with his family and friends.
at first, i intend to brew it because of his birthday. after this, i'll re-brew it whenever a milestone is reached. by this i don't just mean his first steps and first words, but whatever is a feat of his own volition - the things he achieves, celebrates, takes pride in, and enjoys throughout his entire life - no matter what they might be.
i decided to brew a lager as it is a beer that most people can enjoy; both beer nerds like myself, and those who prefer their blander pub beers. this beer will aim to please both palates as it will have a clean balanced flavour, but then a late hop burst of saaz.
i love you Miles. may you get to enjoy this beer with me when we brew it on your 18th birthday!