Topic: Homebrew Stories

Into the Heislerverse

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It has survived alien, robot, and zombie apocalypses, been thrown back at local watering holes, and taken up space in fridges across the globe. Learn about Hollywood’s favorite fictional beer brand through a homebrewer’s quest to brew the real thing.


An Ode To Oktoberfest: Bringing it back through memories

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When news of the cancellation of the 2021 Oktoberfest broke, one woman felt the need to sit down to recapture this renowned festival in all its glory. Here is her ode to the great and vivacious Oktoberfest held in Munich . . . most years.


Space Beer: To the edge of our world and back

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What would you send into space if the opportunity afforded it? One homebrewer sent a sachet of yeast and then conducted a test with it. Find out how the Space Yeast performed. Spoiler alert: They didn’t go to plaid.


Spruce Fest: A riverside brewing festival

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What started as a spontaneous idea between friends one evening while sitting around a campfire next to a river has developed into a pilgrimage for spruce beer fans: Spruce Fest.


Vermont Pride: The Green Mountain Mashers

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Our most exciting event so far was last year when we brewed a wee heavy in tribute to Greg. We chose the wee heavy because Greg literally wrote the book on Scotch ales for the Classic Beer Styles series.


A Friendship Mushrooms: Brewing brothers from different mothers

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One of the great things about modern technology is our ability to connect with like-minded individuals no matter where they live. Two homebrewers thousands of miles apart connected over their interest for brewing with candy cap mushrooms.


The Student Brewer: How to make your parents proud!

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What did you learn in college? One reader learned about the art of homebrewing . . . in a small dorm setting. He’s got some advice for anyone looking to take a similar path.


Brewing Is In My Blood

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When someone mentions the name Hamm’s and brewing, most people think of the St. Paul, Minnesota brewery. But this homebrewer’s family traces their roots to a Hamm’s Brewery located in Wisconsin.


Cheers To My Dad: My journey from macro to micro

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One U.S. Air Force member wanted to raise a toast to his dad, who introduced him not only to craft beer but also the world of homebrewing. He is now the label maker and his dad is head brewer in their operation.


The Sandbank Brewing Co.: A once-a-year (or lifetime) experience

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After three hard days of riding a mountain bike through the turbulent escarpment zone in Zambia, what awaits riders is some finely crafted beer, made at home by the race organizer. Check out this unique story.


Who Inspired the Wizard to Brew?

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Each issue we pose a fun question to our staff, contributing writers, and review board members that appears on page 6. This issue, our own Mr. Wizard had such an interesting response that we gave him a full page to explain.


Ferment it All! Attack of the Juicy Juice boxes

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Juice boxes, but never drank them? One man decided to ferment it all!


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