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
I've stated in a few posts over the past few years on this blog that I started a brewery. That wasn't bullshit and it was on of the large reasons why I haven't had time to post to this blog as much as I wanted to. A few months back I decided that I didn't … Continue reading Owning and Operating a Brewery: Part 1 of 1000
Forward This post is about brewing history, specifically German brewing history and how my ancestry touches the edge of this history. I've been writing a post about the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot 1516, and I hope that will be up in a month or so but this post isn't about that. This is just a … Continue reading Beer Pendatry #4: Beer is in my blood
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
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)
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?
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
I don't do beer tastings, mostly because my tasting group dissolved, but also I sort of outgrew the desire to drink the craziest, hardest to get whales ever. It really is just beer. It was fun while it lasted, I just don't have the time or energy (or money) to keep it up. Good for … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #2: Trappist Breweries and Beer
I love lambic. I love gueuze. I love Cantillon, Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, Tilquin, Boon....I love these breweries and their beers. If I had more money, I would have more than the few dozen bottles of these amazing beers in my possession, alas. I love these beers so much, when I'm drinking them I don't even care … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #1: What is “lambic”?