Brewing Local

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-07
  • Publisher: Brewers Pubns

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Explore Local Flavor Using Cultivated and Foraged Ingredients

Americans have brewed beers using native ingredients since pre-Columbian times, and a new wave of brewers has always been at the forefront of the locavore movement. These days they use not only both locally-grown, traditional ingredients, but cultivated and foraged flora to produce beers that capture the essence of the place they were made. In Brewing Local Stan Hieronymus examines the history of how distinctly American beers came about, visits farm breweries, and goes foraging for both plants and yeast to discover how brewers are using ingredients to create unique beers. The book introduces brewers and drinkers to how herbs, flowers, plants, trees, nuts, and shrubs flavor unique beers.


No one writing about beer brings as much insight, detail, or revelation to the subject as Stan Hieronymus, and Brewing Local may be his best work to date. Ostensibly directed at brewers looking to bring a little local flair into their beer (which it delivers, in spades), it accomplishes something more profound. By connecting beer to place and time, Hieronymus reintroduces us to this beverage we think we know so well. It's one of the few books with the capacity to make you think anew about beer.

Jeff Alworth, Author of The Beer Bible

You could be happy just buying it [Brewing Local] for the valuable information on a wide range of unusual botanicals and how to use them in beer. But once you start reading, you get swept away on an unexpected journey, ultimately ending up deep inside the minds of people doing some of the most exciting things in beer today.

Randy Mosher, Author of Tasting Beer

Author Biography

Stan Hieronymus is a professional journalist and amateur brewer who has made beer his beat since 1993. The editor at Realbeer.com, Stan has written hundreds of articles for periodicals, written Brewing with Wheat (2010), Brew like a Monk (2005), and For the Love of Hops (2012) for Brewers Publications and contributed to several other publications, including 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die. His travels have taken him to breweries in every state in the country as well as behind the scenes in internationally famous breweries such as De Sint-Sixtusadij Westvleterten and Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn. Hieronymus lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Daria.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Importance of Being Local

Part I – Local, Now and Then

1 Beer From a Place

2 Tiswin to Choc

3 King Corn

Part II – Where Beer Is Grown

4 Cultivating Beer

5 Foraging for Beer

6 Foraging for Yeast

Part III – From Farms, Gardens, Fields, and Woods

7 Grains

8 Trees

9 Plants

10 Roots

11 Mushrooms

12 Chiles

Part IV – Brewing Local

13 History + Local = Recipes

Le Pamplemousse Enorme

1835 Albany Ale

Kentucky Common

Your Father's Mustache

Indigenous: All-American Chile Corn Lager

The Great Pumpkin Ale

Rosemary Pumpkin Belgian Ale

Sweet Potato Ale

D.A.M.'s Bloom BRU Kölsch

Our Mother the Meadow

Single Tree: Hickory

Dead Leaves & Burdock

Birch Sap Black Bičre de Garde

Paw Paw

Pecan Porter

Cucumber Crush

Beet Berliner Weisse

Beets, Rhymes, and Life

2015 Hibernal Dichotomous

Wee Shroomy

Golden Shroomy

Dark Old Ale

Appendix: Resources



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