On the Edge

On the Edge

Bryan is a calm spirit, his presence in the room in known, yet not over bearing by loud voices. Only by his huge smile, his hat he typically wears or his stature. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He is ready to listen to understand and respond thereafter. Full of beer knowledge and ready to debate, chat and even share some delicious brew.

He started brewing in 2012, Bryan was gifted a small brewing system, due to the fact where he lived did not have very much of a craft beer scene. Being a home cook, brewing beer was in some ways a natural progression for Bryan. Enjoying following recipes just as much as creating new ones and creating new flavor combinations with in the traditional platform. “One of the most challenges being a brewer, is being creative within tradition”, stated Bryan, with a crooked smile starring off a bit. (I got the vibe he was thinking about how much fun it is to be challenged in such a definite yet defiant way; trying to stay within tradition yet pushing traditional limits.) “The industry is changing,” he states, “the customer is always demanding something new and different”.

The craft beer industry is changing by virtue of the people making the beer and the people consuming the beer. An increase in the amount of women that are in the industry is changing, there is a club called, “The Pink Boots Society”. This group represents the rising woman in the industry. On the other side of the coin the consumers are increasingly demanding different beers all the time. Some time ago people were demanding bigger ABVs, bigger IBUs and crazy styles. Now people are asking for that same creativity yet with a bit more stylistic beers, yet always wanting to try something new. Other ways that the industry is changing are the ways the “gate keeper” is holding all the information or in saying breweries are more willing to exchange information, the books or information is endless, therefore people are more knowledgeable in a large spectrum across the board.

Saying this Bryans recommendation is to continuously, being more knowledgeable makes the brewer such a better brewer, yet knowledge is just the start. The second most important part of brewing is actually brewing and experimenting with the beers that you are making to make them better. The following are Bryan’s recommendation readings

  • Hieronymus, Stan. For the Love of Hops: the Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness, and the Culture of Hops. Brewers Publications, a Division of the Brewers Association, 2012.
  • White, Chris, and Jamil Zainasheff. Yeast: the Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation. Brewers Publications, 2010.
  • Zainasheff, Jamil, and John J. Palmer. Brewing Classic Styles 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew. Brewers Publ., 2007.

“For every style of beer you drink, read the book”.  ~Bryan Garcia-Brown


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