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How to Build a Portable Beer Shelf

Need a handy shelf to hold your beer bottles while you swim or take a long drive? Make your own beer shelf! All you have to do is purchase the tools from http://healthyhandyman.com/, get the other materials from your local hardware, and you’re good to go!

Materials:

  • ½” dowel which is 19¼” long
  • ½” drill bit
  • 2 ¾” Forstner bit
  • A piece of wood 24”x13” (it can be 5/8” or ¾” thick)
  • air compressor
  • belt sander
  • drill press
  • glue
  • nailer
  • wood router

Procedure

Step 1: Cut the Pieces

The first thing you ought to do is to cross cut the 5/8” thick piece to a 19¾” wide. Then rip an 8” piece of wood for the back wall and a 4¾” piece for the part where the holes should be drilled into. Cut two pieces for the side supports as well. They should have a measurement of 4”x4”.

Step 2: Start Drilling

Get your drill bit (Forstner bit). Label your 19¾” piece so that there’s an inch from the ens and an inch between every hole. Now, drill.

Optional Step: Round the Corners

beer shelf rounding edges

Dry fit the pieces to check if you’re doing the right thing. Then, round the corners. You could leave the corners square if you want. However, if you’re going to round, be sure you sand the edges afterward.

Step 4: Cut the Dowel

Cut the ½” dowel to 19¼”. Then, on the pieces for side support, mark the hole 2½” from the top and another 2 ½” from the back. Grab your drill bit and drill about ¾ deep.

Step 5: Rout the Edges

Use a wood router to hollow the edges. You may want to rout a test piece first to get the hang of it. Then, dry fit the pieces together again to make sure you’re on the right track.

Step 6: Assemble!

beer shelf assembly

Get your glue and join all the pieces. Sketch a 3” line down from the top of your back piece. This is where the top of the piece with holes meets the back piece. Put some glue on the back portion of the piece with holes. Next, glue the dowel into the two side pieces. Glue the assemblies together and use your nailer to nail the side pieces from the top and back. Get rid of any residual glue.

Step 7: Finish It!

beer shelf finish

Use a polyurethane finish or another type of finish to improve the appearance of the shelf.  You may also use an American Walnut stain. After finishing, make sure you remove the stain using a rag to wipe off the remaining stain. However, you can leave it as is. And that’s it! Now you can have beer wherever you want with this portable and convenient beer shelf!

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3 Must-Read Books for Beer Lovers

How to enjoy beer may seem like a simple question that has many straightforward answers. But you might be surprised just there is much still left to know about drinking beer. Not to mention the process of brewing it. Whether you are a beer lover or not, here are some of the best books about one of the world’s favorite drinks.

1. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones
As the title suggests, this book introduces you to the best beers in the world. 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die focuses on the finest brews – from Europe to America and many places in between. Reading this will inspire a wanderlust that will make you want to travel across the globe in search of great tasting beers.

2. Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher
This book teaches you the best ways to better enjoy your beers. It will introduce you to the different things worth noting that will change the way you drink, taste, and savor a brew.

3. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes by Joshua M. Berstein
For the uninitiated, it would be difficult to identify the things that make each brew unique. If you want to learn how to distinguish the flavors, scents, colors, and everything that makes every beer different, The Complete Beer Course is for you. This book provides you with fairly simple courses that introduce you to the complex world of beers and leave you with a better grasp of the beer styles you can enjoy.

What Kind Of Beer Are You Drinking?

dark ale

Let’s face it.

No party is ever complete without beer.

But just like any other responsible member of the society, you should know your limits when it comes to drinking beer.

However, there are people who are still not aware of their limits when it comes to drinking beer. Meanwhile, there are people who are still choosing to go beyond their limits when it comes to drinking beer.

This is where the need to learn more about what kind of beer you are drinking comes into play – not just to make you even more aware of your limits, but also for you to think twice about going beyond your limits the next time you – let’s say, drink an Angry Bird beer.

So, what kind of beer are you drinking?

Here are some types:

Dark Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a complex taste. It’s usually made from malt; and depending on the malt used, one can expect a dark ale beer to taste either nutty or roasted and even caramel-like. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 2%-6%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best dark ales out there are the brown ale and the mild ale.

Pale Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a diverse taste. It’s usually made from subdued malt; and depending on the hop used, one can expect a pale ale beer to taste either tangy or spicy and even citrus-like. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 2.8%-10%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best pale ales out there are the India Pale Ale (IPA) and the Extra Special Bitter (ESB).

Strong Ale

This kind of beer is best known for having a strong taste. It’s usually made from malt; and depending how the malt is used, one can expect a strong ale beer to taste either sugary or spicy and even chocolaty. It also usually has an alcohol by volume of 7%-12%. In the United Kingdom, two of the best strong ales out there are the barley wine and the vintage ale.