Brewing is on the backburner 01/03/2011
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.
David Bishop, 33 year old Bradfordian, born in East Yorkshire. Garage brewer and novice blogger with grand designs to own a micro-brewery. It's early days!