This week my guest is Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing. Jamil is an icon in the homebrewing community – author of two books, a podcast of his own and very active in the AHA and other home brewing organizations. Last year Jamil quit his day job in software to found his own brewery called Heretic Brewing Company. He talks today about his experience in the first year as a pro-brewer.
Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file
MoreBeer is the sponsor of this week’s episode. You can show your appreciation to them on your next order by using the special order links here at BeerSmith.com/MoreBeer – a portion of each order will go to support the BeerSmith sites, podcast, and newsletters.
Topics in This Week’s Episode (34:00)
- This week’s guest is brewing icon Jamil Zainasheff. We talk with him today about his new professional brewery called Heretic Brewing. Jamil is the author of Brewing Classic Styles and Yeast: A Practical Guide (Amazon Links), as well as co-host of the Brewing Network podcast Brew Strong. He is also a two-time Ninkasi award winner.
- Jamil talks about his decision to quit software engineering and open his own microbrewery called Heretic Brewing
- He tells how he assembled the new business in just a few months, and shares some of the challenges he faced.
- I ask him what it was like to brew that first batch of beer in his new brewery
- Jamil talks about the four beers currently in production at Heretic
- He talks about designing beers and also how designing a commercial beer is different from a typical homebrew
- He tells us some of the positives and negatives of owning your own brewery
- He shares how important the homebrew community has been to the success of Heretic brewing
- Jamil finishes with a few tips on making better homebrew!
- You can follow Jamil’s adventure on his blog at Heretic Brewing.
Thanks to Jamil for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
Thoughts on the Podcast?
Leave me a comment below or visit our discussion forum to leave a comment in the podcast section there.
Subscribe to the Podcast
Great News! We’ve been featured in the New and Notable podcasts on iTunes.
If you are not using iTunes, you can subscribe using this feed:
And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and my newsletter (use the links in the sidebar) – to get free weekly articles on home brewing.
You might also enjoy these articles:
- Batch Sparging with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast 27
- Designing Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast 30
- Session Beer with The Mad Fermentationist – BeerSmith Podcast 22
- Porter Beer Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast 26
- Head Retention with The Pope of Foam – BeerSmith Podcast 23
Don't make another bad batch of beer! Give BeerSmith a try - you'll brew your best beer ever.
Download a free 21 day trial of BeerSmith now