Heretic Brewing with Jamil Zainasheff – BeerSmith Podcast 25

by Brad Smith on October 27, 2011 · 3 comments

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.

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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!

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