New Years is almost here with it's Janus like powers of transformational drive. Denny and Drew sit down and review how they organize things in the brewhouse to make the brew day easier and more likely to happen. How do you organize things?
On this week's episode, we hit the pub to talk the beer business before jumping into the hot unwanted guest topic of the day - What is Saccharomyces Distaticus, why is it in the news and how do we kill it? And then we take a listener suggestion for an end of the year wrap up - with a revisit on some of our favorite questions and answers from the non-all Q&A shows.
Drew sits down with Michael Tonsmeire, aka the Mad Fermentationist, and walks through how you can get two juicy beers of radically different natures from one brew session. So sit back as we explore his Apricot infused Sour and super juicy New England IPA.
Drew sits down with Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project to discuss this almost completely forgotten strong ale style from Upstate New York. Learn how this style got started, how it mirrors the Dutch and English heritage of the state, how it transformed over time and what finally happened to a beer that was shipped around the world at one point! (And of course, how you can make it yourself!)
On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down in the pre-GABF mayhem to talk Pro-Am Competitions with Oleg Shpyrko, winner of the 2017 Romancing the Beer Competition, and Shaun Smith of Camarillo's Institution Ale Company about why Pro-Am's are a thing and what it takes to transform a potent homebrew (a 9.3% abv Imperial Stout with Cocoa, Peppers and Vanilla) into a commercial brew.