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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

A guide to homebrewing in under 2 minutes

Want to learn how to brew your own beer? Well, here’s a reasonable guide to the process in handy video format by an animator in New Zealand, all in less than two minutes. In a nutshell: get some malted grain, grind it up, add it to hot  water, hold it at a certain temperature for an hour, drain off the liquid, boil the liquid, add some hops while it boils, cool it down, put it in a tank and add… Read More »

Another sort of Independence celebration

A small but significant blow for freedom was struck earlier this week, when Alabama became the last state in the Union to legalize the art of Homebrewing, after several years of pressure from the American Homebrewers Association and other beer fans. The bill passed and was signed by the governor in May, but brewers in the state had to wait until July 1 to be able to pursue their passion legally. Mississippi became the 49th state to legalize homebrew earlier… Read More »

North Bay dominates Best Of list

Sonoma County brewers made a powerful showing on the top 50 beers of 2013 list in the latest issue of the American Homebrewers Association magazine Zymurgy (that’s the fancy name for brewing). Number 1 was, for the fifth straight year, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, which already sits at or near the top of just about everyone’s Best Of list. It beat out Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, which is a seriously great IPA out of Michigan, which we can’t get… Read More »