I was first introduced to Flying Dog Brewery when they rolled out Gonzo Imperial Porter, their tribute to the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The attitude and their beer—especially their Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, and Dog Schwarz, their Schwarzbier/Rauchbier hybrid—has kept me a fan ever since. I'm excited to have Brewmaster Matt Brophy take some time to tell us about what Flying Dog has been working on lately, the brewery's history with the Good Doctor and artist Ralph Steadman, and their recent fight for freedom of expression.
'Brewmasters' on Serious Eats
We've been fans of Firestone Walker beers for a long time now, from their easy-drinking Double Barrel Ale to the lush, chocolaty Parabola. So we're thrilled to welcome Firestone Walker's Brewmaster, Matthew Brynildson, to join us for a pint and some conversation.
Serious Eats sat down with Samuel Adams' founder and brewer Jim Koch to talkabout their new collaboration beer, their place in the craft brewing scene, and much more.
I've been a fan of Surly Brewing Co. ever since my friend Lee of Hoptopia gave me one of his precious cans of Furious, an intensely brisk IPA with some rich Scottish malt thrown into the mix. (Thanks, Lee.) Who's behind this awesome Minnesota beer? A rock star. Literally.
Matt Steinberg has been pretty busy the past few months getting his fledgling brewery running, but he took a minute to check in with us and tell us how it's going over at New Jersey's newest microbrewery.
Among beer nerds, few brewmasters are more revered than Tomme Arthur, the magician behind the crazy-sour, oak-aged, fruit-spiked, microorganism-inoculated beers of Lost Abbey. A taste of one of his beers will expand your palate (and quite possibly blow your mind.) Thanks for answering our questions, Tomme!
"We never set out to have our beers become cult favorites among beer enthusiasts—it's just something that sort of happened." Vinnie Cilurzo and his wife Natalie. [Photographs: Russian River Brewing Company] [Flickr: freeloosedirt] The beers from Russian River Brewing Company...
Kelly Taylor makes interesting, usual beers in Brooklyn, including Flemish-style sours, a beer brewed with Valrhona chocolate nibs and orange peel, and a collaboration with Blue Hill at Stone Barn that once included farm-fresh roasted beets. Nice guy that he is, Kelly joined me for a beer and the following interview.