Yes. Mom wants to brew her own beer. Craft Belgian beer, to be precise. And she wants to make four gallons worth! What a great science experiment while we’re all hanging out at home. Everything Mom needs to brew her own beer, from fermenting bucket to airlock to hydrometer, is part of this kit. She’ll just need sugar and water to start making beer, and bottles for when it’s ready to consume. The kit contains Sacred Saison brew mix, but you can order Tripel Terror, Bighorn Blonde, Wicked Wheat or Pious Pilsner, or a half dozen other brew mixes when Mom is ready to branch out. The kits were created by Frans Balis, a Belgian homebrew enthusiast and pharmacist by profession, in 1972 and are still produced in Belgium today. We brewed our first batch of Belgian beer and the result was refreshing, light and citrusy. Just the kind of beer to enjoy these late days of spring.
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Sea salt and white peppercorn spice mix from Vom Fass & Violas’ Spices and Gourmet Foods
There was a time when you and mom could enjoy a visit to the Von Fass shop in downtown Duluth and wander the store browsing to your heart’s content, then grab lunch at one of the fun restaurants opening there. Now it’s best if we know what we want and order by phone, then drop by the store to pick up our choices, or call ahead for curbside delivery. One of things we’ve enjoyed about the shop is the interesting salt and spice mixes. For Mother’s Day, they offer a mix that’s as pretty as your mother. It’s a combination of sea salt and white peppercorns, with dehydrated onion and chives, and bits of dried blue cornflowers and tiny iridescent pink sugar pearls. It’s so pretty in its glass grinder that mom will enjoy having it on the dinner table, and the combination is just right for seasoning many dishes. Yes, those little pearls are sugar, but make no mistake, this is a savory seasoning. Call ahead and discuss other options if you want to gift mom with a basketful of treats.
$14.95 per 3-ounce grinder. Available at Vom Vass, 3131 Main Street, Duluth. The shop is open Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. or call to arrange pick up on a different day. 770-853-7411. https://www.facebook.com/Vomfassduluth/
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