license and the equipment
Four years ago, John Hall invited me to perform at a beer festival that was once held by the now defunct All About Beer Magazine. One of the “speakers” was Mary Itzett, who at that time was on a tour in support of her recently published book on home brewing, Speed Brewing. She came to the festival with her husband Chris Kusme, and I had a chance to spend a little time with them. (Those who are familiar with this couple – and there are many of them – know how interesting and charismatic they are, the mention of which involuntarily gives a smile.) In the following months and years, I followed Mary and her husband on Facebook, watching behind how they slowly but surely took their passion for home brewing to the professional level by opening the Fifth Hammer Brewing brewery in Long Island City. Continue reading
On the map of Belarusian breweries one more asterisk was lit. Ilya Bychik, who has worked at the Midnight Project and Łajdak Brewery in the past, will present the first grade as part of his new contract project, Balance Brewery. We talked with Ilya and asked him several questions: about the name of the brewery, about plans for the future and, of course, about the novelty.
V Minsk Home Beer Festival
Ilya Bychik. Photo: Taisiya Layne
– What is the story behind the name of the brewery?
– It is worth saying that naming a brewery is a very difficult question. The name has been hatched for more than one month. I had several working options, but over time I decided to abandon them for various reasons. For example, according to the focus group, one of the names resembled a medicine. I decided to analyze what qualities in brewing are most important for the brewer and the end user. And the answer was on the surface – the final product should be balanced, regardless of what style you decided to weld! Continue reading
In the Finnish folk epos Kalevala, a rather detailed and colorful description of how beer appeared is given. So, during the creation of the world’s first beer, the heroine of the poem Osmotar experienced certain difficulties in starting the fermentation process, until the bee brought her the necessary fermenting ingredient. Hearing that Klaus Christensen, founder of Munkebo Mikrobryg and her main brewer, collected wild yeast carried by bees, I could not help but draw an analogy with this epic piece. This story tells how wild yeast was used to ferment beer.
In nature, yeast surrounds us everywhere. Most often they are concentrated in places that are a source of sugars, such as fruits, berries and tree bark. Therefore, collecting yeast with the help of bees makes sense, because bees prefer precisely those places where wild yeast is present. Continue reading