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Beer Geek Interview: Taylor Brady

Please introduce yourself.

Hello Beer World!! My name is Taylor Brady and I live in Orange County, NY, an up-and-coming craft beer destination with tons of breweries to be excited about. I work in construction which is all fine and dandy; however, my biggest passion in life is, of course, beer. My love for craft beer began almost 10 years ago, but I recently began homebrewing which is slowly becoming an addiction rather than a hobby.

What’s your relationship to craft beer?

I am, along with hundreds of thousands of other beer drinkers, a beer enthusiast. As I previously mentioned, I began my craft beer journey almost 10 years ago during my final year in college. My relationship with craft beer most recently hit marriage-like status when I decided to take up homebrewing. Beer tourism and beer trading quickly followed. I’m miles into this beer journey, but there’s no end in sight!

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

Since becoming more entrenched in the beer world, I have decided to share my journey with the beer enthusiasts that reside here. I created an Instagram account, @youmeandbrew. It’s initial purpose was to keep somewhat of a journal for my homebrewing experience; however, it has quickly grew into a display for my love of everything craft beer. I like to think my page is best known for the #crushingcans photos. With my IG account came a blog so I can write about my experiences along the way. You can follow me at www.youmeandbrew.com.

What’s the coolest thing to happen to you as a result of your instagram/blog/website?

In all honesty, the coolest thing to happen to me has been the amazing people that I have met. To be able to share my experience with homebrewing and just craft beer in general with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts has been such an amazing experience in itself. I look forward to the many more I will meet as I continue on this path.

Favorite beer style?

I love all styles, but give me a choice and I’ll usually go with an IPA. The hazy/juicy IPA’s are good, but if you hand me both a traditional, clear IPA and a hazy IPA, I’ll go for the traditional 100% of the time. More recently, I have gotten extremely into sours and berliner weisse’s. Beer’s that are completely opposite from an IPA, but are excellent nonetheless.

What are your top 3 favorite breweries?

My three favorite breweries are all local breweries that I think everyone should know about: Equilibrium Brewery, Rushing Duck, and Glenmere Brewery.

Equilibrium Brewery is located in Middletown, NY and was first started by MIT grads. According to their site, Equilibrium Brewery applies scientific principles and a passion for craft brewing to balance drinkability and massive flavor. Although I have never had Treehouse beers, I have even heard a number of people compare their beers to Treehouse.

Rushing Duck is a small family owned and operated brewery located in Chester, NY. They have brewed some of my favorite beers to date: War Elephant, Imperial Beanhead, Divided by Zero, and Brux IPA. They are arguably one of the best breweries in New York State in my honest opinion.

Glenmere Brewery is located in Florida, NY, a hop, skip, and a jump from my living quarters. A very recent startup, they were one of the first breweries I featured on my IG account. If you ever get a chance to stop in and they have Wicked Witch on tap, try it! A black raspberry/dark chocolate stout, it has become arguably my favorite stout.

What was the first beer that turned you onto craft beer?

Funny story (which can be read on my blog), my first ever craft was the beer that didn’t necessarily turn me on to craft beer, but it was a beer that nearly turned me off: Victory’s Hop Devil. You can read the longer version on my blog, but long story short, in college I was heavily into drinking the likes of Bud Light and Keystone, so you can only imagine how my first sip of Hop Devil went. Flash forward to today and I have a completely new appreciation for Hop Devil.

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Beer Geek Interview: Doug McCarthy

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

My beer blog is called Beer-enity Now! (a not so average beer blog). The not so average comes in by that’s it’s not just a craft beer blog where I review, it’s everything beer related. I talk about beers but not in a stiff way, and it’s to have fun and include other subjects I enjoy. I do have an IG that’s under the same name.

What are your personal goals with your instagram/blog/website?

Beer is my passion and favorite kind of beverage so my goal is to make a living out of it. Traveling around to different breweries and really spreading the beer gospel while hopefully making you laugh in the process.

Favorite beer style?

Sours are right up there but #1 has to be IPAs. Regular, double (imperial), triple and everything in between.

Tell us about your favorite drinking buddy.

Buddy may not be the right wording but it’s my girlfriend. A huge beer enthusiast in her own right, really turned me back on to trying as many different beers as possible. While I was slacking I had about 75 unique beers on Untappd. A year and a half later after we met, I’m up to 901.

What beer are you drinking right now?

At the moment I’m drinking a Guinness Rye Pale Ale that I found. I’m always down for Rye related beer so I had to pick it up. Pretty delicious.

Best craft beer city?

I’d have to say Boston with one of the true originators in Sam Adams and now with Treehouse and Trillium.

Do you drink macros?

Yes I drink macros. A lot. My main message is #allbeersmatter. I love beer and that means all types of beer. I prefer craft but I’ll drink a sixer of Bud Lights with no questions asked. Love them.

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Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA

This is not a subtle fruit beer. It is all blood orange up front. 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA doesn’t have a vaguely citrus flavor. It is distinctly blood orange. The huge blood orange flavor is blended expertly with the bitter citrus hops. More and more I’m of the opinion that if you’re adding fruit to your beer you should go big, and this beer just confirms that. 21st Amendment just released this new IPA and it’s worth seeking out this unique brew.

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Anthony is @Palefin_Brews

Anthony is from Boise, Idaho and is @Palefin_Brews on Instagram. He posts great photos of amazing beers from all over the country, and occasionally his adorable dogs Doc and Bowser. Anthony was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about himself and his instagram account.

What’s the coolest thing to happen to you because of your Instagram account?

I got to meet @Barleythebrewpup!

What was your first beer?

Keystone Light [☹]

What are your top 3 favorite breweries?

Fremont, Black Raven (out of WA), and Toppling Goliath

Have you met a celebrity?

I met Bill Nye the Science guy at a Seattle parade when I was 12

What’s your favorite beer label?

PsuedoSue from Toppling Goliath

What job would you like in the craft beer industry?

Social Media and Marketing manager for a local craft beer bottle shop.

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Maui & Lost Abbey Lemongrass Saison

Maui Brewing has teamed up with The Lost Abbey to create a Lemongrass Saison. The tasty brew is now available in a limited release six pack.

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A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true. – Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder, The Lost Abbey

Maui Brewing contributed the locally raised lemongrass. The lemongrass is prevalent in the aroma, but is more subtle in the flavor. It’s a bit overwhelmed by the clove and other Belgian Style Saison spice flavors. The lemongrass sneaks back in on the finish. These two fantastic breweries did a good job on this unique collaboration that plays to both of their strengths.

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Style: Saison, brewed with locally raised lemongrass

Packaging: 6-pack 12 oz cans, Draft

Release: Limited

ABV: 5.2%

IBUs: 15

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Blah Blah Blah IPA

Happy Repeal Day! Check out the BeerSelfie.com review of @21stamendment Blah Blah Blah IPA!

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I appreciate the endless innovation of craft beer. Craft brewers continuously test boundaries and bend rules, coming up with new versions of classic styles all the time. If there’s one area where this has gotten a bit out of hand though, it’s IPA. As of this week there are approximately 63,000 IPA styles. It’s a world gone mad when classic West Coast IPAs like Stone IPA are overlooked, and English IPAs are considered malt bombs. 21st Amendment‘s Blah Blah Blah IPA is a reaction to this trend. It hearkens back to classic west coast double IPAs, and it does a damn good job of it.

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Blah Blah Blah IPA pours a deep gold with a thin white head. Citrus hops dominate the aroma, with some tropical fruit. The flavor also has lots of citrus hops, with a piney finish. It has enough clean malt flavor for a bit of balance. It is very smooth drinking for a double IPA, giving little hint that it weighs in at 8% ABV.

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The joking continues on the label with the overly precise 63.3015 IBU measurement and a nonsensical .0528 “Wetness Factor.” IPAs have fueled the growth of craft beer the past couple decades. To try to destinguish themselves breweries have started throwing some crazy stuff into their hoppy brews. You won’t find any fruit, vegetables, or black malts in Blah Blah Blah IPA. You will find a flavorful beer and a dose of tongue in cheek humor. I enjoy the humor and I could drink this great IPA any time!

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Aaron Inkrott, Saint Arnold

Check out our interview with @saintarnoldbrewing brewer Aaron Inkrott at BeerSelfie.com

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Aaron Inkrott is a brewer for Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston, Texas. He told us a little about his path to professional brewing, why you should use a funnel, and which Houston breweries you should check out.

What’s special about your brewery?

Not only are we passionate about making a consistent, high quality product, but equally so giving back to our community who’s supported us for so long. Developing community through craft beer.

How did you get started brewing professionally?

Volunteering at breweries while obsessively home brewing.

I recently tried Saint Arnold’s Boiler Room. Did you make that? How did you make it so awesome?

That was developed by our Operations Manager, Stephen Rawlings. It was his baby, I just helped raise it and help grow the bacteria that makes it so delicious.

What is your favorite part of the brew day?

Too many to count! But working with fellow brewers who are just as passionate as I is very fulfilling.

What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?

Trying to fill barrels with fruit puree without a funnel. We use a funnel now.

What’s your favorite beer festival?

Oktoberfest in Munich

Have you shared, or are you willing to share, a homebrew clone recipe for any of your beers?

Willing to share.

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?

Probably cascara…the fruit around a coffee bean.

What was your happiest moment as a brewer?

Seeing BB12 released after 21 months of barrel aging, and how much everyone enjoyed it.

Who do you admire in the brewing industry?

So many…Brock Wagner, Vinnie Cilurzo, Tomme Arthur, Jason Perkins, Dan Carey, John Palmer. I could go on.

What breweries should I check out if I visit Houston?

Other than us, check out Eureka Heights, Brash, 8th Wonder, Southern Star, Galveston Island.

What beer should be served at your funeral?

Orval and Five O’Clock Pils

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Going Nuts with Snow Pilot

Snow Pilot is the first beer I’ve tried from Stevens Point Brewery. This Wisconsin brewery has an extensive lineup, but they don’t make it out to California very often. So far I’m impressed, and I look forward to trying more of their brews.
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Snow Pilot is a straight forward brown ale with a nutty twist. This new winter seasonal is an English-style mild brown ale with crushed pistachios added. Snow Pilot pours a ruby brown with a small off-white head. It didn’t retain much head as I drank it, possibly due to some pistachio oil. The aroma has a nutty maltiness.
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The first thing I noticed when tasting Snow Pilot was caramel maltiness, reminiscent of classic brown ales like Newcastle or Samuel Smith. That gives way to a unique pistachio nuttiness. It has much more pistachio nut flavor than the nose implied. The nuts give it a bit of sweetness, almost like an almond roca. There are hints of raisin which compliment the pistachio flavor.
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Snow Pilot is a perfect beer for a fall evening. It’s a classic brown ale with the unique addition of pistachio. I haven’t had pistachio in a beer before. It works well here. Snow Pilot’s pistachio flavor is not subtle, but it enhances the brown ale characteristics rather than overpowering them.
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Jaron Shepherd, 21st Amendment

Jaron Shepherd is the Senior Brewer at 21st Amendment‘s San Francisco Brewpub. Jaron told us about his cranberry catastrophe, what happens to the oysters when they’re done brewing oyster stout, and his controversial opinion on pumpkin beers.

About Jaron

I moved to San Francisco in 2007 to study anthropology. Graduated in ’09 with a degree and bounced around at different jobs until I discovered a passion for home brewing and started working for 21st Amendment. I also enjoy playing guitar, disc golf, backpacking and checking out new breweries.

How did you get started brewing professionally?

I discovered a passion for brewing at home, and sought to find a place in the industry to work. After working my way up from a bartender, I got my shot brewing for 21st Amendment.

What is your favorite part of the brew day?

My favorite part of the brew day is the first hop addition in the kettle. It fills the brewery with an amazing aroma.

What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?

Back when I was brewing at home, I made a cranberry saison. I added cranberries in the primary, while the yeast was still very active. I came home to discover the airlock was plugged with cranberry bits. As I pulled the bung out of the car boy, pressure had built up due to the plugged airlock, and shot cranberries and yeast all over my white ceiling and walls. Fun….

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?

Oysters. They are not an ingredient that is very common in beer, but at 21st amendment we brew an Oyster stout called Marooned on Hog Island. Eating the oysters afterwards was a nice reward after a brew day.

What was your happiest moment as a brewer?

There are so many happy moments. Since I’m forced to choose one, I would say it was when we received a few medals at the 2015 GABF. It was my first year brewing, and I felt very proud to have helped brew 2 award winning beers.

Which breweries should I check out next time I’m in San Francisco?

Cellar Maker – some of the dankest beers in the city
Magnolia Smoke stack – Great beer and BBQ
Local Brewing – Great atmosphere

You’re being exiled to a desert island…which three beers are you bringing with you?

Franziskaner Weissbier
Russian River’s Blind Pig
Sierra Nevada Summerfest

What dumb joke are people always making about your job?

People always joke that brewers just sit around and drink beer all day. It’s actually a labor of love, and a lovely labor.

What’s the most underrated beer style?

Pumpkin beers. There is a lot of criticism out there on pumpkin beers for just being spiced beers. Personally, I love a good pumpkin ale, spice or no spice. Pumpkins are indigenous to this country so I consider it a very American beer style.

What beer should be served at your funeral?

Shephweizen. It’s my take on a German hefeweizen, and the name would be very fitting.

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