The bloggers’ home brew
We create this space for you, the lovers of craft beer, the denizens of malt, the people who can tell the difference between Northern Brewer and Centennial hop additions, and know the pain of dropping and breaking a hydrometer just seconds before testing your wort’s OG.
This new space is also for those who have the same attitude toward Big Beer that medevil Scots and William Wallace had toward King Longshanks. Hey Budweiser, are you ready for a war?!
This space, this blog, these random ramblings by a guy who has in less than a year formed an obsession around home brewing, and a deep appreciation for the product produced by a merry band of mighty local brewmasters, is also dedicated to our own American pioneers of qualify fermentation.
We specifically dedicate this space to two legends of our obsession, Jack McAuliffe, the “Father of American Home Brewing,” and Fritz Maytag, “The Sage of Anchor Steam.”
Anchor Steam was a small San Francisco brewery down-on-its-luck in 1965 that Fritz not only bought on the cheap, but which helped start the craft beer revolution. Jack McAuliffe, was a Navy submarine electrical technician, who was so fed up with the bland, boring taste of Big Beer that he started home brewing in the 1960s. Eventually, he founded one of the first craft breweries in America, New Albion Brewing in Sonoma, CA.
I’ve been reading about Maytag and McAuliffe in Tom Acitelli’s outstanding book, “The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution, and it’s inspired me to open this space as a way to talk craft beer and brewing on what I hope will become an entertaining virtual podium for my fellow lovers of all things malt, hops, and yeast.
What I write about here will all be related to craft beer and brewing, but please excuse me in I’m sometimes all over the place when it comes to the topic. Just like we all do with our brew recipes, I’m bound to do some experimenting with this blog.
Please always feel free to join in with your questions or comments.
Until next time, never forget that beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be hoppy.
Bob Croce, publisher of For The Love of Beer