The Wine Book Every Beer Drinker Should Read (or…Sniff)

December 6,2015 by 2 Comments

Stick your nose in this wine book and I guarantee you’ll surface a more skilled beer connoisseur. No, seriously. Stick your nose in there and take a big whiff. Because this is a very unique book: a scratch and sniff wine guide. The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert by Richard […]

My Journey from Home Brewer to Home Distiller (and how you can do it too)

November 16,2015 by 11 Comments

The following is a guest post from Homebrew Academy reader David from New Orleans. David is a true DIY’er, making beer, spirits, wine, cheese, kombucha, and many more homemade treats. Most craft beer lovers and scotch whisky aficionados are unaware of how similar their beloved beverages are, both in composition and in production. In its simplest […]

Craft Beer Lovers Split Over the Influence of Big Beer

October 16,2015 by 6 Comments

Last week I ran a poll that asked this question: How do you feel about Big Beer buying craft breweries? Here’s how Homebrew Academy readers responded:

Poll: How do you feel about Big Beer buying craft breweries?

October 9,2015 by 16 Comments

Have you heard the news? AB-InBev bought L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing. As expected, some GRB customers are OK with, and even happy about the deal. From the GRB Facebook page: And even more people (or just a vocal minority) are pissssssed: This is the 5th brewery that AB has purchased. The others being Goose Island, […]

I’ll Take My Father’s Root Beer, Actually

September 17,2015 by 14 Comments

Not Your Fathers Root Beer exploded onto the beer scene earlier this year. To me the whole thing seemed very strange. Here was this little brewery (Small Town Brewery, Illinois) I had never heard of, and suddenly their Root Beer is popping up everywhere. Knowing the distribution challenges that craft brewers face, something seemed off. […]

Line ’em up: Colorado Brown Ales

February 15,2015 by 2 Comments

Not long ago I wrote an email called “Line ’em up” that got an enthusiastic response, so now I’m bringing it to the blog for a regular series. In that email I compared 3 Oktoberfests side by side. The purpose of Line’ em up isn’t so much to pick the best beer (though I do […]

How to Convert a Fridge to a Kegerator

November 20,2014 by 4 Comments

Maybe you don’t want to build a keezer. After all, it is more expensive and you have to do a little woodworking – not everyone’s cup of tea.

Plus a lot of guys have an old fridge in the garage just itchin’ to be turned into a kegerator. Like my buddy Forrest.

Watch the video below where us knuckleheads convert his fridge into a kegerator.

Convert a Sanke Keg to Ball Lock

October 27,2014 by 5 Comments

Want to convert sanke keg to ball lock? Doing so allows you to use your ball lock quick disconnects with both commercial sanke kegs and homebrew cornelius kegs.

Recap and Favorites from GABF 2014

October 7,2014 by 6 Comments

gabf2014The world’s largest beer festival has come to an end and thousands of beer drinkers are suffering through what may be their crappiest work week of the year. It’s well worth it though.

Me? I had a blast.

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