Owning and Operating a Brewery: Part 3 of 1000 – Navigating Conglomeration

I want to start out this short rant of mine with a very simple statement. You want to sell your brewery to another brewery? Go for it. I don't care. Basically no one should unless you own stock in that brewery. Otherwise, this is just craft beer's social justice warriors not grasping that breweries are … Continue reading Owning and Operating a Brewery: Part 3 of 1000 – Navigating Conglomeration

Owning and Operating a Brewery: Part 2 of 1000 – The Cost of Making Beer

This is part two in my ongoing series about my experience, so far, owning a brewery. Part one defined my brewery, the format and style of brewery it is and delved shallowly into the fundamental basics of being a contract brewer. There will be a lot of posts in this series, but this post is … Continue reading Owning and Operating a Brewery: Part 2 of 1000 – The Cost of Making Beer

Beer Microbiology – Lactobacillus pH experiment

A few months back a friend of mine, Mike (you may know him as the mad fermentationist), asked if I wanted to assist him in writing an article for Brew Your Own magazine (BYO) about homebrewing with Lactobacillus (here is the table of contents for that issue). After going back and forth a few times, we … Continue reading Beer Microbiology – Lactobacillus pH experiment

Beer Pedantry #3: Beer Flavor Pairings (science based rant)

In the ever increasing trend to treat beer more like wine, there are now dozens of suggestions online for beer / food pairings. There are some serious and useful (don't get me wrong, I like the food pairing stuff) graphics from places like craftbeer.com to help with this. As far as I can tell, the way to … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #3: Beer Flavor Pairings (science based rant)

Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Lactobacillus Species

Happy Spring everyone, it is finally spring and the long winter is over. Of course on the first day of spring here in D.C. we got some snow. Go figure. I've had a lot going on lately with home life and work life and sort of let this blog go to seed for more than … Continue reading Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Lactobacillus Species

Beer Microbiology – What is a pellicle?

I am a microbiologist by trade, I have a Ph.D. and have been brewing for over 10 years at this point. A large portion of this blog is dedicated to my own homebrew efforts but sprinkled throughout are articles like this one, where I isolate a biological or chemical aspect of the beer and explain … Continue reading Beer Microbiology – What is a pellicle?

Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Saccharomyces Species

As a working scientist, I really want to get deep into the science of brewing, especially the microbiology of brewing. Throughout the life of this blog, who knows how long that will be, I want to sprinkle in articles with high resolution details about the organisms that we, as brewers, work with on a daily … Continue reading Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Saccharomyces Species

2014 Blog Review and Upcoming in 2015

I was going to post in late October to review the blog at one year but I figured that if I was going to post something completely self-referential I might as well do a year-in-review instead, so this is a review of the blog up until now (the last 14 months) and looking ahead into … Continue reading 2014 Blog Review and Upcoming in 2015