We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America's Craft Brewers

By Sean Lewis

An eye-opening trip into craft beer–making in the US, and what you will discover within the quest to brew the ideal pint
Sean Lewis used to be residing in Boston while he first set foot contained in the Blue Hills Brewery. He used to be writing for BeerAdvocate magazine approximately America's craft brewers, and the then-fledgling Blue Hills was once his first project. Lewis was once instantly struck via the spirit of the brewers he met there. That stopover at may lead him first to an extensive learn of beer-brewing, and later to a nation-spanning trip into the heart―and the art―of American beer making.

What Lewis came upon alongside the best way used to be a bunch of like-minded craftsmen―creators who were not afraid to talk their minds, who observed their rivals as loved buddies. a gaggle who takes sheer pleasure of their paintings, and who seeks a similar type of stability of their lives as they do within the barrels they brew. He shared pints with pioneering upstarts like Paul and Kim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing corporation, and talked store with craft beer stalwarts like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and bombastic innovators like Greg Koch (the "Arrogant Bastard" in the back of Stone Brewing Co.). He stumbled on, in them and others, a neighborhood that positioned its soul into its paintings, who sees beer-making as an extension of themselves.

We Make Beer is not only a party of yankee brewing, yet of the spirit that binds brewers jointly. it is approximately what you could become aware of in your self should you positioned your fingers and your center into crafting the appropriate pint.

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He anticipated that his tinkering had elevated the potency of the process yet was once ignorant of simply how good he had performed. on the finish of the mash, he had gathered a wort so wealthy with sugar that it will now not were appropriate for an IPA yet leant itself good to the much-higher-in-alcohol American barleywine variety. He upped the hops dosage after which set it away to mature, including whisky-soaked oak chips to the tank to offer the beer the oak-aged style that was once tremendously renowned in 2010. He dubbed the barleywine outdated Wrecollection, in a nod to its excessive degrees of alcohol, and debuted it on the 2010 Santa Barbara Beer pageant. Even those that have been the main skeptical of Brewco needed to concede that it was once again. three Kevin jokes concerning the tendency in brewing so as to add “IPA” to the tip of assorted varieties of beer: “IPA stands for ‘Improves gains immediately. ’” four There are a number of traces of Brettanomyces, yet in basic terms it's an unconventional brewing yeast that usually offers “funky” flavors in beer. it's usually came across certainly in used wine barrels (although it's a utterly bad spoiler of wine) and is usually paired with blends of micro organism like Lactobacillus within the making of bitter beers. five in fact, brewers have came across methods round this limit. it may well bend a few ideas, however it isn't really too unusual to discover a brewery that may promote a logo-embossed pint glass after which provide to fill it with a “free pattern. ” EPILOGUE: “WE’RE GETTING larger on a daily basis” 1 Andris and his companions should have discovered as a lot from me as I did from them. After I left, Blue Hills began an internship application that gave younger brewers a chance to perform their brewing abilities at an exact construction brewery. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This booklet wouldn't have been attainable with out the numerous those that helped me out in a few shape or one other over the process this venture 3 years within the making. First i need to thank my spouse, Victoria, for being my first editor and a relentless resource of aid. thanks. thanks to my mom and dad, Scott and Karen, and my sister, Kandice, in your encouragement and help. because of my brother, Steve, for riding around the kingdom with me in a U-Haul truck. We suck at using, yet we’re beautiful reliable at consuming beer. thanks to all the brewers whose voices make this e-book what it really is. thanks to Andris Veidis, for introducing me to the realm of business brewing. thanks to Jim Koch, Ken Grossman, Greg Koch, Mitch Steele, Matt Cole, wealthy Norgrove, Paul and Kim Kavulak, Tyson and Angela Arp, Damien Malfara, Matt Keasey, invoice Moore, Jeff younger, Jason Malone, John Obert, John Obert, Jr. , Matt Brynildson, Jeff Bagby, Robyn Virball, Steve Wright, Will Meyers, Kevin Pratt, A. J. Stoll, and Steve and Louisa Gorrill. thanks to Todd and Jason Alström. You men gave me my first chance to put in writing approximately beer, and it replaced my existence. thanks to neighbors Jim Lallas and Mark Resnick in your early aid. thanks to my agent, Ethan Bassoff, for all your exertions. thanks to St.

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