Craft Beer Storm

Craft Beer Storm

A Podcast dedicated to educating Beer Drinkers across the Planet about Craft Beer and that there IS an alternative to watered down, mass-produced beer. Join us on our Mission and spread the word! Published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Episodes

July 17, 2020 33 min
Michael speaks with Joseph Cortes, Executive Director of the Georgia Craft Brewers guild about breweries in the state and dealing with the Pandemic.

Founded in 2010, the Guild is organized to promote, protect and further, in every lawful manner, the common interests of the members and the licensed brewing industry in Georgia. We invite you to sign up for our newsletter so you can be in the loop on activities of the Guild and its mem...
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Craft Brew News 07/10/20
(Courtesy of Brewbound.com)

Allagash Founder Rob Tod Recovers From COVID-19

In an interview with a Maine NBC affiliate, Allagash founder Rob Tod revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March after returning from a ski vacation.

Tod told the affiliate that he self-quarantined and “rode it out” at home, not wanting to infect any other Allagashians.

Even with the diagnosis, Tod said he was “so consumed...
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Specialty Saison

-Color – Pale to dark brown; may take on hue of fruit(s), darker malts or other ingredients

-Clarity: Chill haze or slight yeast haze is acceptable

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Typically low to medium-low, but may vary in beers made with specialty malts.

-Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium-high

-Perceived Bitterness: Medium to medium-high

-Body: Low to medium

-Additional notes: Specialty Saisons repre...
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Classic Saison

(Description Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Beers in this category are gold to light amber in color. Often bottle-conditioned, with some yeast character and high carbonation. Belgian-style Saison may have Brettanomyces or lactic character, and fruity, horsey, goaty and/or leather-like aromas and flavors. Specialty ingredients, including spices, may contribute a unique and signature character. Commonly called “farmhouse ale...
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Craft Brew News
05/15/20
(Courtesy of Brewbound.com)

Craft Beer Festivals Across the Country Go Virtual During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered nearly every facet of life and commerce, but one particular area stands to be gutted more than almost any other: large scale events.

In the beer industry alone, event casualties are numerous. The Brewers Association has now canceled three of its marquee events, including the ...
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Belgian-Style Witbier


-Color – Straw to pale

-Clarity: Unfiltered starch and yeast haze should be visible. Wits are traditionally bottle conditioned and served cloudy.

-Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Very low to low

-Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma is not present to low. Hop flavor is not present.

-Perceived Bitterness: Low, from noble-type hops

-Body: Low to medium, with a degree of creaminess from wheat starch.

-Additio...
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Michael catches up with Bill Herlicka, Founder of Brewer Consulting Brewer on his views of the Pandemic and its effects on craft brew.

Starting from scratch?
Adding needed capacity?
Upgrading to a lager brewhouse?
What is your new production goal?
What is your budget?
What options should you be considering as you work to reach your goal?

Drop Bill an email at bill@brewerconsultingbrewer.com

Or visit his website at https://br...
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Craft Brew News
05/08/20

(Courtesy of brewbound.com)

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

Even as a mini-revolution, the Sunday River Brewing uprising didn’t last long.

As states grapple with reopening for business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Maine brewpub owner opted to defy the reopening plan Gov. Janet Mills laid out last week that orders restaurants to remain shut for on-premise dining until June...
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Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

Description (Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Belgian Blonde Ale
The Belgian-style blonde ale is typically easy-drinking, with a low but pleasing hop bitterness. This is a light- to medium-bodied ale, with a low malt aroma that has a spiced and sometimes fruity-ester character. Common aromatic ester characteristics include banana, pear drop, apple, honey, roses. Sugar is sometimes added to lighten the perceived body...
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Michael speaks with American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass about the surge in Homebrewing and opportunities for homebrewers to go commercial.

Over 1.1 million people brew their own beer at home in the United States. The American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo., dedicated to promoting the community of homebrewers and empowering homebrewers to make the best ...
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Craft Brew News
05/01/20
(Courtesy of Brewbound.com)

Nearly Half of New York Breweries Say Their Businesses Could Close in 3 Months, According to Guild Survey

The majority of New York craft brewers have seen their sales drop by 75% or more and nearly half have stopped production entirely, according to a survey conducted by the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA).

The survey’s conclusion read. “Without increased and consistent loc...
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Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Description (Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Belgian Pale Ale
The Belgian brewing scene is littered with Belgian Pales, which were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII era. Traditionally, they differ from other regional Pale Ales by being less bitter, using aged hops for a delicate hop finish, and having sweet to toasty malt overtones. They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the b...
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Michael interviews the legendary John Kimmich, Co-Founder of The Alchemist Brewery in Stowe, VT to discuss the success of Heady Topper and give us insights on how he produces some of the most sought after beer in the WORLD.

The Alchemist is a family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA. John and Jen Kimmich originally opened The Alchemist as a 60 seat brew pub in the village of Waterbury in 2003. After eight years of su...
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Craft Brew News
4/24/20

Germany Cancels 2020 Oktoberfest

German officials today cancelled the country’s famed Oktoberfest celebration due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder said during a press conference. “It hurts. It’s such a pity,” “We have agreed that the risk is simply too high.”

The festival, originally slated for September 19 through October 4, usually draws 6 million people to Muni...
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South German-Style Weizenbock

Description (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

-The German-style Weizenbock is a wheat version of a German-Style Bock, or a bigger and beefier Dunkelweizen. If served with yeast, the appearance may appropriately be very cloudy. With flavors of bready malt and dark fruits like plum, raisin, and grape, this style is low on bitterness and high on carbonation. Balanced clove-like phenols and fruity, banana-like est...
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Michael speaks with Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers Association about her experience, the COVID-19 impact on the Craft Beer world and the way forward.

Julia Herz, co-author of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, is the Craft Beer Program director at the Brewers Association, publisher of CraftBeer.com.

Herz is a BJCP-certified beer judge, an award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone® and a beer educat...
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Craft Brew News
4/17/20
(Courtesy of www.Brewbound.com)

BA’s Bart Watson: COVID-19 ‘A Shock to the System’ for Craft Breweries

By most metrics, small and independent craft brewing companies posted solid volume growth in 2019. However, the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many craft brewers into “survival mode,” is overshadowing 2019’s growth.

In 2019, BA-defined craft brewing companies held 13.6% of the beer...
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South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

Description (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

Similar to a Hefeweizen, these southern German wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means "dark") with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Creamy and full-bodied, most Dunkelweizen are medium amber to amber-brown and appear slightly murky from the weizen yeast. Phenolic (clove) and fruity (banana, bubble gum) character ...
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Michael talks with Head Brewer, Adam Denny Golab about how the Brewery is surviving through the Coronavirus Pandemic and distribution throughout the region.

BENT WATER BREWING CO. IS LOCATED AT 180 COMMERCIAL STREET, LYNN MASSACHUSETTS, RIGHT OFF OF RT 1A (THE LYNNWAY) AND SMACK-DAB IN THE HEART OF THE NEWLY DEVELOPING LYNN WATERFRONT DISTRICT. OR, IF YOU'RE A LYNNER, WE ARE LOCATED AT THE SITE OF THE OLD LYNN LUMBER YARD.

WE ARE...
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Craft Brew News
04/10/20
(Courtesy of www.Brewbound.com)

Breweries, Distilleries Partner to Create Hand Sanitizer During COVID-19 Outbreak

Cody Morris is reincarnating out of code draft beer as hand sanitizer.

A professional brewer and the son of distillery owners, he knew that all the beer sitting idle in kegs could be distilled into hand sanitizer, which is needed for essential workers nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His paren...
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