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Brew View

Hop Head Farms – (mostly) Harvest Clients & Their Beers 1st of 3 or more

     Just a quick note before many more of our hops hit the market and crazily delicious new beers are created with the latest and greatest newly released hops from the research center in Hüll, Germany.  The list below comprises the brewers and breweries that have used either wet, dried whole cone, or our European … Continue reading »

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John Mallett/Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewing Inc. Q&A with Bob Benenson

John Mallett, the longtime director of operations for Michigan’s thriving Bell’s Brewery, has been a major figure in the craft brewing trade since its still-formative days in the late 1980s. As a recent college graduate, he rose quickly to the position of head brewer at Boston’s Commonwealth brewery. After taking a break to obtain a … Continue reading »

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Bill Welter owner/operator, Journeyman craft distillery, Q&A with Bob Benenson

Bill Welter — the owner/operator of Michigan’s Journeyman craft distillery — lived in Scotland for a while after college. While he moved to St. Andrews to pursue his passion for the game of golf. he also learned about Scotland’s other most famous export: whiskey. The interest he developed in distilling while visiting the Highlands would … Continue reading »

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“Brew View” Begyle Brewing Co.,Q&A with Bob Benenson

 Begyle, a new craft brewery that will be open for business soon in Chicago, has drawn attention in the beer world for its “crowd-sourcing” efforts. The young co-owners of the North Side start-up — Brendan Blume, Kevin Cary and Matt Ritchey — are waging a campaign to raise money on the Kickstarter site to buy … Continue reading »

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“Brew View” Justin Maynard, Q&A with Bob Benenson

Justin Maynard, Executive Director, Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Chicago, Aug. 3, 2012   You can’t necessarily tell a book by its cover, or a person by his resume. Since February, Justin Maynard has been enthusiastically promoting the interests of local beer-makers as executive director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, which seems some distance from … Continue reading »

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