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Beer: Food or Poison

Beer: Food or Poison

Of late, I’ve been surprised at how frequently I’ve been told that beer, or any alcohol for that matter, is a poison. In some regards, I am impressed that the general understanding of human metabolism has reached a level that individuals are able to objectively…

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Beer Fast

Beer Fast

Forty-six days. Forty-six days is the length of the Lenten Season this year. For most of us, that means nothing. It is simply a time where perhaps the most devout person you know only eats fish on Fridays. For others, it is a test of…

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Terroir in Beer, Part 5

Terroir in Beer, Part 5

Part 5: Yeast, formerly known as Godisgood Yeast, such a strange and world-changing fungi. Not even known as a thing to exist for thousands of years, up until 1857 thanks to our buddy Louis Pasteur whom I have a very conflicted love/hate relationship with. Yeast has…

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Real Fruit Matters

Real Fruit Matters

here comes a time in every brewer’s life, when they must ask themselves, where do I draw the line on my artisanal brewing creativity? For some, it doesn’t matter at all and there is no line. So long as it is not poison, go ahead…

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How to Educate Yourself into a Craft Beer Career

How to Educate Yourself into a Craft Beer Career

eer & brewing are an industry and practice as old as civilization itself. There have been research papers on brewing technology in ancient times and how it helped give rise to modern human prosperity. Others believe beer and fermentation is what allowed human religion to…

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Terroir in Beer, Part 4

Terroir in Beer, Part 4

Part 4: Water, Beer’s Saving Grace No other single ingredient has had a bigger impact on the history of beer and greater humanity than water. From literally saving the lives of millions of people through the middle ages by providing safe, delicious, drinkable beer, to shaping…

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Terroir in Beer, Part 3

Terroir in Beer, Part 3

Part 3: Hops, the bitter spice & soul of beer Hops, what a love/hate relationship I have with thee. At the best of times, you are light, floral, fruity, spicy, piney, aromatic and provide balance to an otherwise sweet malty beer. At the worst of…

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Solera Aging

Solera Aging

On The Ground Solera aging refers to a method of aging consumable liquids, traditionally liquids such as wine, vinegar, port, and brandy. Simply put, it is an insanely time intensive and inefficient process, generally yielding only 50% of what was put into the process at…

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Terroir in Beer, Part 2

Terroir in Beer, Part 2

Malt, the body of a beer Malt, oh glorious malt. Thankfully barley is unsuitable for baking bread of any quality fit for kings (not to mention it would have made the price of bread skyrocket) but it is the perfect ingredient for the brewing of…

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Beernog: An Epic Holiday Tradition

Beernog: An Epic Holiday Tradition

The holidays are here and bring with them all kinds of holiday cheer: Cold weather (maybe?), coniferous trees decorated in ridiculous ornaments with little meaning remembered after two decades of use, kisses from aunts gussied up and older than the aforementioned tree, and cousins drinking…

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