I am a scientist and a beer enthusiast, perhaps a bit obsessed. I have a Ph.D. in microbiology and cellular biology. I love all things related to beer. I currently reside in the Washington D.C. metro area. This area, like most of the country, is undergoing a brewing renaissance. My hope is that this will be part homebrew blog, part brewery interview blog, and part “Adventures in the beer community” blog to document this time in the mid-Atlantic beer scene. I’ll review some beers on here, visit some breweries, and brew a lot of beer. I won’t get too scientific but hopefully I’ll provide a nice point of view for the beer scene.
There are three basic threads running through this blog. The first is “here is the beer I make…” a series of homebrew posts about the various beers I attempt to make and the techniques used to make those beers. Second, I like doing things in the craft beer industry so I go on these “field trips” of sorts to touch the process of making beer at various steps (going to brew a commercial batch or going to a hop farm for a harvest). Lastly the science, I use my blog to do different sorts of experiments like measuring IBU or isolating yeasts. This is the slowest growing section of the blog currently but I hope to get it up and running this year.
My beer tastes are simple, I like it. I like dark beers, yellow beers, hoppy beers, sour beers. It isn’t odd for me to drink a Russian Imperial Stout or a gueuze. I’ve sampled over 4000 commercial examples of beers and hundreds of homebrews. I tend to brew a lot of hoppy beers and saisons…I use a variety of organisms like a lot of homebrewers these days including Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Brettanomyces species. I hope you find something of interest in this blog.
In addition to beer, I’m an ambitious but young gardener, I collect beer glassware (and have for almost 10 years now), and enjoy woodworking. Expect to see a few posts about fermenting food on here eventually.
It is my goal to open a small brewery, 5 – 10 bbl system, someplace in the United States. A small brewery attached to a farm where I can grow some hops or grain and relax with my little family and provide interesting and high quality beer to the masses…that is off in the future.
Here goes everything.
“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” — Humphrey Bogart
Ph.D. in Beer by Matthew Humbard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.