It doesn't take lot of arm twisting to get a brew day earmarked on the calendar here at BYO headquarters. And just to toot our own horn, I think we brewed some pretty tasty beers this year — often from recipes that appeared in the pages of Brew Your Own. After all, every couple of weeks our writers send us a fresh batch of homebrew recipes to try, so why resist? This year we've brewed quite a bit of homebrew to keep the office kegerator stocked, and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic about our year of homebrews as we wind down 2013. Since lots of magazines like to do a "best of" list at the end of the year, I thought I'd share at least two of personal favorites from the BYO test kitchen this year.
We went pretty hoppy this year, including an historic IPA, a double IPA, a rye IPA and a fresh-hop black IPA. We also recently brewed an emergency beer when the tap suddenly ran dry — a dark saison, which is the most sentimental batch to me because I got to be the brewmaster (BYO's Recipe Editor and frequent feature story contributor Dave Green tends to hold the mash paddle most often around here).
(Me mashing the grains for our dark saison while trying to look good for an all-grain photo shoot with Charlie Parker)