Some might say it doesn’t bode well for a brewer to cease production, however as many will understand, sometimes there is a greater need. I wanted to write a quick blog post to clear my conscience and ‘show my face’ again on a blog that claims to be updated weekly. I may not be brewing as much as I like, but I am certainly working hard to acheive that in the not so distant future, albeit having to work hard at something not brewing related first so that I can do this thing right!
My goal hasn’t changed. I want to give Local Brewing a go (commerically) and know that regardless of my passion and efforts that I may not make it. However, I am going to give it my best and not rush into this thinking success is a ‘given’. If all else fails I will still be able to brew and share it with anyone who’s interested.
Aside from my tall-talk and grand designs, I have been busy trying to learn from afar the ways of the microbrewer. As some of you will know, I’m partial to a tweet or two and have been suprised to find how useful a network Twitter can provide. I now know several people, ‘virtually’, who brew within half-a-mile of my house; in @BeerRitzLeeds I have discovered a gem of a beer shop (known to everyone but me it seems) and have remortgaged my house to service my quest for trying many different ales. I have swapped a beer with another local brewer who is associated with one of the regions macrobreweries and await their verdict on my efforts! and hope to do this on a more regular basis with others. Most importantly I am doing my best to read and soak up the available knowledgeso that I can understand my product as well as possible. My current bedtime reading is Ted Bruning’s ‘Microbrewer’s Handbook’; Pete Brown’s ‘Hops & Glory’; Graham Wheeler’s ‘Brew Your Own British Real Ale’ and ‘The Beer Book’ by Tim Hampson.
My ‘To Do’ list includes visiting a couple of breweries local to me and hopefully picking some brains on ‘the journey’ to commerical beer production.