Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss his new book “Brewing Local – American Grown Beer” which includes a history of brewing distinctly American beers with local ingredients. Join us for this great episode!
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Topics in This Week’s Episode (47:47)
- Today my guest is Stan Hieronymus. Stan joins us to discuss his new book Brewing Local – American Grown Beer (Amazon affiliate link). Stan is also author of For the Love of Hops, Brew Like a Monk and Brewing with Wheat (Amazon affiliate links).
- We start with a short overview of Stan’s new book “Brewing Local – American Grown Beer”.
- Stan explains how for much of history local ingredients were used and beer was brewed locally or even home brewed.
- We discuss his use of the term “local” beer and how that term has changed over time
- Stan explains why European settlers were not the first beer brewers and in fact native Indians in the Southwest brewed beer from corn.
- We talk about what some Indian beers were like as well as how they created low alcohol ceremonial beers from corn.
- Stan talks about the beers that European settlers brewed when they first arrived.
- We discuss some distinctly American beer styles that emerged over time including a few that survive to this day.
- Stan explains how corn made its entry again into beer brewing in the late 1800’s in the US.
- We talk about the local cultivation of barley, hops, wheat, and corn that were grown in many areas and used across the US.
- Stan talks about some native ingredients outside of the traditional four ingredients including herbs and other plants.
- We discuss how some small craft breweries have experimented with introducing these ingredients in their beers.
- Stan briefly mentions the resurgence of small craft malt houses and hop growers that are beginning to pop up again here in the US.
- We discuss how craft and home brewing have started to come full circle – again reflecting locally grown barley, hops and other ingredients.
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Thanks to Stan Hieronymus for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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