Archives for November 2016

PDX: So Many Breweries, So Little Time

Confession: I’m not one of those beer geeks who can visit 20+ breweries on a week-long trip. Don’t get me wrong, I totally admire those folks. For me, though, the breweries, the tours, the beers and the people all start to meld and muddle in my head. (This actually makes my family happy because their […] Read the full article…

Out of This World Beer

With 2016 coming to a close, American craft beer is more mainstream than ever. Investors stand ready to venture capital on breweries with track records and big plans. Craft beer nerds are awed by sightings of stars like Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo or Steve Hindy and Garrett Oliver. After years of long hours and resulting […] Read the full article…

Moving On Up

Last week I wrote about outgrowing the very basic system we started homebrewing on two years ago, and feeling the need to spread my wings. But deciding to scale up is only the first decision. How to go about it can get complicated. Many homebrewers start adding equipment piece by piece. A wort chiller, used […] Read the full article…

Homebrewing on the Cheap

Three years ago, when I told Hugo, my commercial brewer husband, that we should start homebrewing, he mumbled something like, “No thanks,” and went back to doing whatever it was I had interrupted. I could kind of understand how, after overseeing highly automated 600-barrel brews (18,600 gallons) for years, he might not get real excited […] Read the full article…

Yearning for Craft’s Days of Yore

Today, when you can find southern good old boys, Montana cowboys and LA homeboys all savoring their craft beers, I fully and romantically admit to missing the days of yore, those days when a craft beer was harder to find than the post-Nobel Bob Dylan, those days when nary a gray hair could be detected […] Read the full article…