The bines are climbing, sidearms reaching, cones starting to burr. It looks like a hop yard! But what’s that lingering tickle at the back of your brain? Perhaps it’s the question of whether your hops have a home after harvest. This week we take a step out of the dirt and back into the business […]
Do you pay an extra $0.30/lb for organic bananas as you’re walking through the supermarket? Why? What does “organic” really mean from an FDA perspective and how does it impact your hop yard processes? To the end consumer, does this really matter and do they really know what they are getting? Plus, we have a […]
You’re having a great conversation with a brewer, they’re interested in your hops, and then they ask for your advice on their use. “I just grow them, you’re the brewer” isn’t an acceptable answer. We take you through brewing terminology and how to engage in this conversation. Provide value to your customer while putting your […]
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Sure, but if the packaging on the rose doesn’t entice you to walk out of the store with it you’ll never know that you just missed out on a great product. Hint: I’m not really talking about flowers. This week we’re joined by Cody Fague […]
If you’re a home-brewer daydreaming about opening your own brewery or a startup-in-progress, this one’s for you. We’re with the owners of Reverie Brewing Co in Newtown CT (https://reveriebrewing.com/) who opened just under two months ago. They talk about expectations vs reality, collaborating with local businesses and the mix of styles in the tap room. […]
Are you ready for some role playing? Gregg and James put on their “grower” and “brewer” cosplay outfits to act out scenes between the two.
Hops bring flavor and aroma to our favorite beverage; this week we focus on Aroma. Are you interested in how foam and mouthfeel influence what you smell? Do you want to be able to identify the 5 classes of hop aroma? Do you think that “linalool” and “thiols” are just words that James made up […]
It’s our first guest! We are with Scott Manning recorded live at Vintage Brewing in Sauk Prairie WI. Find out if his rhubarb is treated well, why Scott’s Irish Red can be compared to a Toyota Corolla and our first attempt at playing Beer the Name and Beer ‘er No. www.vintagebrewing.com
We’re back with another Spent Grain, this time reviewing our Collaboration discussion. Listen for the start with a new tradition as we share hop-themed original poetry. There’s also a continuation of the Local conversation, Gregg’s Taylor Swift clothing conundrum and looking at guest taps.
Spent Grain are the leftovers from the mash during the brewing process. The funnel cone at the bottom of the tanks you see in the brewery? Full of spent grain. It’s the concentrated extras that you don’t want in the final product but have other uses. In our “b sides” – which we have labeled […]