Whether you just started beer brewing or have been making beer at home for years, we all need some inspiration from time to time. Luckily, many professional brewers are very open about sharing their passion for beer brewing and even go as far as to share their insights online.
Check out five of the best beer brewing blogs for recipes, advice, industry trends, and more!
- Charlie Papazian – President of the Brewers Association
OK, Charlie Papazian doesn’t own or work at a brewery, but as founder of the Great American Beer Festival and President of the Brewers Association, he damn well deserves to be on top of this list. Many of you know the godfather of the American craft beer movement as author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, but he is also the National Beer Examiner at Examiner.com. He regularly contributes thought provoking posts like “What if Prohibition Never Happened?” and “Origin of Beer Species”. Be sure to check out his beer recipe for a Homebrewed Coconut Porter.
- Mitch Steele – Stone Brewing Company
Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Company since 2006, Mitch Steele wrote the book on IPAs — literally. Last year, Brewers Publications released IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, probably the most comprehensive resource on the style. If you want to learn how to nail an IPA or learn more about the life of a pro brewer, follow Mitch’s beer brewing blog, the Hop Tripper.
- John Cochran – Terrapin Brewing Company
John Cochran is the President and co-founder of Terrapin Brewing Company, makers of the infamous Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. He began home brewing in college and helped found Terrapin in 2002. Through his beer brewing blog, John at Terrapin, he gives a brewery executive’s perspective on the beer industry, writing about trends and news from Terrapin.
- Mike Karnowksi – Green Man Brewing Company
Mike is a brewer at Green Man Brewing Company, one of Asheville’s original craft breweries. He’s responsible for some of their latest specialty craft beers, including a series of IPAs and stouts brewed from historical records. On his beer brewing blog, Asheville Brewer, he shares some of his homebrew experiments, including a series of Czech lagers and a rye stout with caraway seeds.
- Michael Tonsmeire – The Mad Fermentationist
Known as the Mad Fermentationist, Michael Tonsmeire writes one of the most comprehensive and dedicated beer brewing blogs around, sharing his beer recipes and techniques since 2007. He has contributed numerous articles to Brew Your Own magazine and is set to release his book, American Sour Beers in Spring 2014.
So there they are: some of the best beer brewing blogs around. Are there any others you consider a valuable resource? Let us know, and comment below…
David Ackley is a beer writer, brewer, and self-described “craft beer crusader.” He holds a General Certificate in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and is founder and editor of the Local Beer Blog.