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Welcome, princess

My daughter has finally arrived in this world, with a two week delay (she didn't want to come out, and who can blame her), and she is, of course, absolutely gorgeous, an angel. My life now isn't and will never again be what it used to. But don't be afraid, I'll keep on writing this blog, perhaps not with the same rythm as before, but write I will.

(And since I'm on the subject, I wanted to thank from the bottom of my heart all the staff of the Maternity Hospital Podolí. The birth was no party for my wife and each and every one of them were absolutely fantastic!)
As I announced back then, I wanted to brew something to celebrate such a sepcial event. The chosen recipe was a strawberry and mint weizen, which was quite a lot of fun to make.
When our princess was finally brought home I opened the first bottle. You can't imagine how curious I was. It pours an intense pink, almost red. Almost no head. The nose was like extra brut Champagne mixed a strawberry pureé. Pretty interesting actually. The taste, well, let's say it doesn't suit everyone's palate. It turned out a bit more sour than I had expected. In fact, it reminded my of a Geuze. Behind the sourness the strawberries can still be felt. I liked it, but only to drink in smallish doses. I will brew it again next year, but I think I will add some candied sugar to balance it a bit more, and perhaps brew it with a bit of a heavier body. It is far, very far, from being perfect, but I'm still satisfied with the result. Fortunately, the baby turned out a lot better.

Na Zdraví!
My angel, may your future be brigther than our present

PS: As many of you know very well, having a baby isn't cheap. I need some financial help in order to continue my work in a proper way. For that purpuse I've placed on the right hand column, right below my mugshot, a button for donations. Those of you who haven't got a PayPal account can pay by credit card. I promise that all the proceedings will be used on beer and related stuff. Thanks.

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  1. Congratulations! You're right, life is never the same once fatherhood begins :D

  2. Congratulations mate! Glad to hear that both mother and child are ok.

  3. Congratulations !
    Enjoy your new role in life!

  4. Congratulations!

    All the best you your baby, your wife and you!
    And on a a beer experiment too!

    Na zdravi!

  5. Congrats! Glad to hear everyone is ok,

  6. Great news - big congratulation.
    Spend all your time on your wife and baby!

  7. Congratulations. Becoming a father is one of the best days of anyone's life.

    I'm living proof it doesn't have to impinge too much on beer drinking. With a bit of determination and planning it can actually be a help. The number of times I've got one (or both) of the kids out of Dolores's hair by taking them down the pub. It's almost as good as having a dog.

  8. Thanks to you all for the wishes.

    And I must say Ron is right. So far bieng a father is great. Helps a lot that my wife gave birth to an angel that even sleeps most of the nights, and the days, for that matter. So I am still able to do my drinking and writing pretty much the same way as before.


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