Hello there! I'm Robert and I like to talk about beer. As a homebrewer, I brew to share with others. I rarely pass up an opportunity to share my beer with as many people as possible. You'll see me pouring my beer at friends' parties, entering it into local festivals, bringing a growler to the bottle swap at my local homebrew store (LHBS), and donating kegs for local charity events. If you're gathering a crowd and I can be there, I am usually willing to part with a batch of my latest creation. Getting my beer in the hands of the most amount of people possible gives me instant feedback from a wide variety of palates and makes my beer better.
To me, beer is equal parts science and creativity and brewers are equal parts engineer and artist. The artistry is in the recipe, the engineering is in the execution. If one side doesn't match up to the quality of the other, the resulting beer won't live up to expectations. Choosing the best ingredients at your disposal will make superior beers. Much like a chef, knowing exactly how those ingredients taste when you choose them and understanding the way those flavors react and change based on how you use them is crucial to executing quality beer. Equally important is the science of yeast culture both understanding the importance of how much you need and knowing what fermentation temperature you need to maintain to keep the yeast healthy and happy. Understanding the pH level of your mash is as important as understanding how your mash temperature affects the overall body and flavor of your beer. Similarly, knowing how to read a water report and being able to tailor the beers you make to the kind of water you have or making adjustments to your water in order to replicate a water profile different than yours will turn okay beer into award winning beer. Have I lost you yet?
Since becoming a homebrewer a few years ago, I've gotten to know some of my fellow suds enthusiasts from fellow homebrewers and craft beer lovers to celebrated beer authors and journalists. These people would have never crossed my path were it not for our shared love of beer. That's probably my favorite thing about beer and something you'll hear me say frequently: Beer brings together community.
The homebrewers I've come across are some of the most creative and thoughtful people I know. I hope to introduce you to some of them as I attempt to share my local community with a wider audience. I also hope to use this space to engage in a thoughtful dialogue about beer from a well-researched and well-informed place.
So thanks for checking this out. Come back often and contribute to the discussion if you want. And when you brew, brew to share. Cheers!