Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries throughout the country.
Craft beer in general has always been mainstream to the masses. It is a beverage enjoyed in all walks of life. Doctors, educators, musicians, athletes and accountants, you name it, people of all walks enjoy beer. And as beer is to the common man, so is it to our presidents. Today we highlight six US presidents who in their own way have embraced the goodness of beer.
Starting a new hobby can cost a lot of money. Thankfully home brewing is not one of those hobbies. The equipment can cost you less than $100 to get most of the items you need. These usually include the fermenting bucket, a bottling bucket and some of the other basics you need, such as the siphon hose, bottle filler, bottle brush and bottle cappers. Some additional equipment that is not included in the basic starter kit is: a large pot to boil the beer in – it is recommended to use a 5 gallon pot, a large spoon to stir the beer during the boiling process and sanitizer to make sure your equipment is clean. Also, make sure you have an appropriate heat source as some electric ovens are not able to handle boiling the beer for extended periods of time and boil overs can be messy. I personally use a stand-alone propane burner in my garage or outside.
“What is the biggest challenge of home brewing?” I get this question a lot from friends and family. For me the hardest part is the wait time between the brew date and when it finally makes it to the bottles. The first few days after you brew a batch of beer you can hear the air bubbles escaping out of the airlock, making a very satisfying sound. However this quickly dies down as the fermentation does not become as rapid as it was at the beginning. Then there is the waiting for the beer to carbonate once the beer is bottled. In the end a batch of beer can take anywhere from 4 weeks to months.
There was a time when craft and artisan beer styles were the domain of small craft brewers operating in relative obscurity. Today the wave of continued growth of craft breweries has caught the attention of mega brewers. Milwaukee‘s MillerCoors LLC has caught the wave and is replicating the art of craft beer brewing and taking lessons from craft brewers on a larger scale.
Within MillerCoors LLC’s State Street Brewery, research supporting new beer formulations takes place in a dedicated pilot brewery. Here, various combinations of hops, malts and other ingredients are test brewed in hope of developing a uniquely flavored beer product with great appeal. Read More >
I will remember this story as long as I’m brewing beer. I brewed my first batch to be ready just in time for the holidays. The brew was a simple Scottish Ale from an ingredient kit. Before brewing that first batched I read every forum and blog I could find and watched countless hours of videos about home brewing. When it came to brewing that first batched I followed the directions to the “T” having seen the horror stories where someone’s first batch didn’t turn out since they didn’t follow the directions. I was determined to make my first batch perfect to share with family and friends.