Bell’s Homebrew Competition

As it turns out, I will be entering into one contest this year after all.  This past Saturday marked the start of the 3rd year of the Bell’s Homebrew Challenge.  They work this contest a bit differently than most other contests.  First, there is no entrance fee (crazy, right).  Then it gets even better.  They actually…

Anat Baron

We find ourselves at another edition of Questions of Note.  Although I did not plan the way this week has played out it seems only fitting that after the Session this week I follow with responses from someone who has helped in the fight against big beer.  Anat Baron is the film maker who gave us…

Session #67: How many breweries in 2017?

The session this month is hosted by Derrick Peterman from Ramblings of a Beer Runner.   The question he poses this month is “How many breweries will we have in the year 2017?”  Why 5 years from now?  Is this just an arbtrary round figure?  You see 5 years ago we had roughly 1400 breweries in the US. …

Hop Head Farms Processing

I got to spend some time at Hop Head Farms again recently.  This time was spent watching Griselda Wolfenstein do what it does best; process hops.  Aside from being a great place for hops, the Steinmans planned to make their farm a processing center for other area hop growers.  This is a great advantage to…

Sure, why not

Being the fan I am of things fermented and various fungi, it is actually amazing that I have never done this before.  That is until a recent trip to the store, when I found it passing by the flower section.  I am talking about growing some mushrooms.  Granted we all have had various experiments growing…

Dan Baker

When we look around we find breweries popping up everywhere, it almost seems like it happens over night.  The reality is building a brewery is a demanding process.  The side rarely seen by the outside world is all the paper work, the endless meetings (with backers, contractors, equipment, realators and on and on), build out…