Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Raquel Welch, Jul/Aug 01
I want to thank you and Mr. Douglas Doan for the article in the April issue about his homegrown tobacco. It has left a lasting impression on me. In this fast-paced society, people would rather go out and buy things instead of taking the time and doing it themselves. Nobody seems to have any time to just relax and have a good time.
For Christmas last year, my wife gave me materials for making beer at home. My new beer machine sat in my basement for two months before I finally set it up. It was the April issue of CA that put a fire under my butt.
Mr. Doan appeared to be stressed, overworked and compulsive about his first venture at cigar making. I thought, "How could he possibly be having a good time?" Despite all of the hard work and expense, in the end he was very pleased with the results. Inspired by that, I thought, "Why not give it a shot and put Miller out of business?"
I started making beer. The first batch was in the works, and my wife was going crazy because I obsessed about it constantly. I turned into a nervous, compulsive mess. Despite the stress, I, like Mr. Doan, was having a ball. I have never felt so much satisfaction in doing something.
The day finally came when I could try my first batch. Let's just say Miller has nothing to worry about. Despite the setback, I proceeded to refine my recipe by surfing for more information on the Net, and started on two new batches so I could have even more fun!
Good luck with the cigars, Mr. Doan. I will keep an eye out for your "Virginia Blues" at my local shop, and hopefully one day, you will see some of my Basset Beer, named after my dog Sherlock, at your local liquor store.