Ruhstaller Hop Harvest

Ruhstaller is trying to change the way breweries and craft beer enthusiasts think about beer starting with the hops. Join JE as he and his team head out into the hop yard to harvest this years Cascade Hops and learn about how Ruhstaller approaches growing their beer.

Coffee Roasting

Recently our brewing escapades have moved beyond the malt, hops, water, yeast category and ventured into new grounds. One of the most recent projects that Eryn has undertaken is roasting her own coffee beans and creating her own blends. Eryn found directions on some website somewhere on how to use an old popcorn maker to roast green coffee beans. She’s been playing with it for a couple months and though I don’t personally drink coffee those who do seem to enjoy her newest endeavor. So for Christmas she and a friend of ours Amber, roasted up several pounds of coffee to give away as gifts. While they worked I shot a quick video of the popcorn coffee roasting.

Festa Autunno

This past weekend we hosted our first ever beer paired dinner, the Festa Autunno. When we purchased our home almost a year ago one of the first events we thought of doing was a harvest feast and after the bumper crop from our garden we decided we had to make the dinner a reality. After […]

Sauvie Brown

I’m not entirely sure what it is about fruit beers but I love them. My mom was a huge fan of Apricot Wheat Ales and that was some of the first beer I really started to enjoy so maybe it started there. However it started, my interest for fruit beers has translated into a number of homebrew recipes from our Sassy Blonde strawberry ale, to Dave’s Coconut Brown, the Blonde Wino and a number of others. This summer we have added another fruit beer to our taps.

The Fermonster

Fermentation temperature is probably the bane of most every homebrewer. Unless you have a temperature controlled area or a jacketed mini conical then your beer can be subject to the temperature swings of the season. In our case here in Northern California that can be as much as 40° in the summer months. With huge swings like that maintaining a consistent temperature just isn’t possible. The most practical idea we came up with was to build a fermentation chamber.

Humboldt Homebrew Fest 2013

One of our favorite homebrew events last year was by far the Humboldt Homebrew Festival. When we got the email about the festival this year we both agreed, we had to figure out how to make it work. We had started brewing again but not that regularly, the festival was that impetus to really get brewing again.

Tap Warming Party

After a few months of building our new brewery and getting our yard together we finally threw the doors open for our first tap party at our new home. It was great to finally get those taps flowing again and have folks over to enjoy. A big part of the reason we brew is because […]

First 2013 Brew Session

It’s been cold around here lately. A blast of arctic air has made it’s way down from the gulf of Alaska chilling our normal low 40’s down to high 20’s at night. On this particular morning when I woke up around 6:30 I checked the weather to find we were down to 27°. I chuckled […]

A Fresh Start

A few months ago we hosted our last party on Powell Avenue, painted the red wall back to white and packed up all of our gear. It was sad to shut down our little brewery, it’s where our passion for beer began, where we hosted our tap parties and where we had created so many […]

Renegade Brewing Company

Renegade Brewing Company is an upstart brewery in Denver, Colorado. Brian O’Connell, proprietor and head brewer, took a few minutes out of his busy day to tell me about his brewery, his beers and the Renegade community he is building. If you are ever in Denver make sure you stop by to check out the […]