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Installing a Tap Handle

Posted by on 31 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: video

For all my kegerator building buddies out there… I whipped up a little video for a friend realizing it is probably faster and easier to explain it than my words. So this is how you face and then secure a tap handle.

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Brew School Highlights Reel

Posted by on 14 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: looking back, siebel, video

I’ve been putting together a lot of different videos from brewing school to build a longer video telling the whole story. In the process however, I grabbed one of my favorite tracks from this year and put it as the soundtrack to a highlights reel.

Starring in no specific order…

Lyn, Eder, Roithmeier, Alejandro, Carlos, Rodrigo, Joseba, Zanello, Smith, Hoodie, Justin, Dykstra, Berzins, Hagerty, Mezzo Mixx, Me, Shawn, Garrettson, Ryan, Ryan, Skeeter, Ben, Adrian, Montana, Sean Nobles, Robben Salzburg, Tim Foley, Craig, Paul a.k.a. Saul Schiffman, Max, Connor and Breard. If you’re in video and I missed your name, let me know and I’ll correct the list. Also, same if I spelled your name wrong… my fault.

And now, I bring to you..

WBA Brew Crew 09

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Stay tuned for the complete video.

Brewery Tour: Goose Island Production Facility

Posted by on 08 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: brewery tours, images, links, siebel, video

As part of the Siebel course we went on a tour of Goose Island’s production facility, which operates 24/7/365.  It’s an awesome operation, it looked like a lot of fun to work there, all the people were really cool.  They let us take pictures, so check out the gallery linked below.

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In addition to the video above, you can Click Here to visit the Goose Island Photo Gallery.

They were great hosts.  Their barrel-aging program produces some amazing beers.  We were fortunate to get a taste of a very rare, never released beer that took a Silver at GABF that year: Red Woody.  If you’re ever in Chicago I recommend checking out their original brewpub location.  It’s across the street from Siebel Institute near the Clybourn & North stop on the red line.

The have enormous fermenters:

A bad ass looking centrifuge:

And of course a room that probably resembles heaven:

My boy Tim, in addition to some ridiculous red eye in this photo, has a sick 5-gallon system on which he conducts various brewing experiments.  Check out more of the photos in the gallery.

Goose Island Photo Gallery


Posted by on 04 Sep 2009 | Tagged as: hops, looking back, video

In retrospect, I should have named this beer Double Nickels.

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I was cleaning out the videos from my cell phone and found this old brew lying around. That’s a 7.5 gallon kettle with 6+ gallons of homebrew wort boiling on my apartment stove.

Beer Wars – Brewed in America

Posted by on 28 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: links, video

This movie premiere is going to be a live event in theaters around the country on April 16th. Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Watch the trailer below and visit the website to find a theater new you that will be showing Beer Wars and purchase tickets.

The two main subjects are Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Rhonda Kallman of New Century Brewing (and also co-founder of Boston Beer).

Interview subjects are:

  • David Rehr President, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Jeff Becker President, Beer Institute
  • Maureen Ogle Author, “Ambitious Brew”
  • Todd Alstrom Founder,
  • Michael Jackson Author, Beer Expert
  • Benj Steinman Publisher, Beer Marketer’ Insights
  • Bob Lachky Executive Vice President, Anheuser-Busch
  • Norman Adami CEO, Miller Brewing Company
  • Frits van Paasschen CEO, Coors Brewing Company
  • Dick Yuengling Fifth Generation Owner, Yuengling
  • Charlie Papazian President, Brewers Association
  • Jim Koch Founder, Boston Beer Company
  • Kim Jordan Founder, New Belgium Brewing Company
  • Greg Koch Founder, Stone Brewing Company
  • Dewey Parsons Owner, Downtown Wine & Spirits
  • Jim Shpall Owner, Applejack Liquors
  • Steve Hoch, Phd. Professor, Wharton Business School
  • Carol Stoudt Founder, Stoudt Brewing Company
  • Garrett Oliver Brewer, Brooklyn Brewery
  • John Bryant Vice President, Odell Brewing
  • John Serbia Vice President, Brewing, Anheuser-Busch
  • Marc Sorini Attorney, McDermott Will & Emory
  • Simon Bergson Owner, Manhattan Beer Company
  • Chris O’Brien Author, “Fermenting Revolution”
  • Roberta Baskin Center for Public Integrity
  • Peter DeFazio Congressman (D-Oregon)
  • George Hacker Center for Science in the Public Interest

Banner Foam

Posted by on 10 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: video

Krausen as it bubbles while rising and falling in real time.

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You may look at the banner image on this blog and think it is a close up of the head on a freshly pulled pint. It is not. Instead it is the krausen formed on top of beer as it ferments. Brewers know these krausens come in all shapes and behaviors, but this yeast strain made a particularly attractive foamy head.