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ICU Measurements…Advice From Hill Farmstead

If you’ve been around beer for more than 5 seconds you are familiar with the scales for measuring hop bitterness units. The most common one in the USA being IBUs. With many new hops that have big citrus characteristics coming on the market pairing them or subbing with larger amounts of fruit brewers are creating…

Hill Farmstead Q&A With Shaun Hill

So I’m reading over the finished Q&A thinking about how to intro this interview and the song Doowutchyalike by Digital Underground keeps popping into my head. While it might be a stretch, Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead is doing what he likes, having fun and batting pretty close to 1000 while he’s at it. Hill…

The Sour Dark Brown Ménage

Last week I was able to squeak in a brew session and finally get to use 2 yeasts that I have been really excited about: CMY1 and ECY02. The CMY1 is Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave’s Brett strain. The ECY02 is East Coast Yeast Flemish Ale which I picked up in late 2011. Also used on…

Doing The Right Thing

I’m sure by now most people have read or heard about the tragedy that occurred at Red Hook Brewing earlier this week involving one of their employees: Ben Harris. Red Hook released a statement earlier today via it’s Facebook page. The reason I’m posting about this is to ask everyone who enjoys craft beer to help…

Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery Q & A + Recipe

One of the great things about writing this blog is getting the chance to talk candidly  with brewers I respect. Having brewed a good number of sour/wild beers myself (even on my smaller scale) I know how labor intensive and how much patience you need to have as the beer and yeast go through their…

Wax on…Wax Off… Waxing it!

A few months ago I was thinking about the packaging of my beers and what I should start doing to take that part of brewing to the next level. I love how caged and corked bottles look. There is just such an elegance to unwinding the cage and popping the cork on a good sour…

DEXTER MORGAN’S FUNKY SIDE: The Blood Orange Beer Journey

If you’ve read a few of my articles here then it’s obvious I’m pretty loyal to dramatic cable TV shows: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and yes…. Dexter.  During the open of Dexter there is a scene where he is cutting and juicing some Moro oranges, known by most as “Blood Oranges”. I never ate a…

Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Company Q&A + Recipe

Hi everyone! Usually I write an intro to these interviews, but honestly I am so excited about the content in this one and the recipe at the end I say we get right to it! Here is my interview with Gabe Fletcher formerly of Midnight Sun, now owner/head brewer of Anchorage Brewing Company. ETF- What…

C + C Brett Factory

A few days ago I received a couple of emails asking what was going on in my home brewery and if I had brewed anything recently. Looking back I realized it’s been a bit over a month since I posted a brew session report and recipe. Well I have brewed since January and must say…

YAZOO Fortuitous Release Date and Details!

Back in December I sat down with my friend Linus Hall of Yazoo to talk about Fortuitous (Their Smoked Sour project). Today Linus released the details of the 800 HAND BOTTLED release. I am so pumped for this release as it’s the first locally bottled sour beer I know of in Nashville. Check it out…