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Craft Beer Article: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple


Image: AJ McGarry

New in the February 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“Sometimes newlyweds return from their honeymoon and immediately prepare a room for a baby. But for Kiley and Michael Gwynn of Eugene, they returned from their 2008 honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Hawaii with a passion for a new hobby: homebrewing.”

Full story: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple

Lane Monthly: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival is Filling the Festival Void

Raise a glass at the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

New article in Lane Monthly Magazine’s November 2015 edition:

On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects…

Source: Lane Monthly | Filling the Festival Void

Homebrew Update

Last month I told you how, after nearly a 2-year hiatus, I finally brewed more beer! The homebrew amber is looking great and is ready to bottle.

In a few weeks I’ll tell you how it tastes…

September Craft Beer & Homebrew News

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

Back on the Homebrew Horse

Pint o' mild at the Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, Oregon.

Pint o’ mild at the Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, Oregon.

I have a confession to make: between babies and books, it’s been about 2 years since I last homebrewed.

But that’s about to change.

Last week I was telling my wife, Jodie, that I was going to get a haircut, and afterward I’d swing by the new location of the Falling Sky Fermentation Supply Shop.

“That’s great,” she replied. “Will you get a recipe?”

Hint, hint.

Our anniversary was also coming up (happy 6 years, sweetie!), and I remembered well the wise words a friend told me to ensure a good marriage:

“Happy wife, happy life.”

So I got a recipe. Later this week I’ll be brewing up an amber ale. My wife is excited, but so is our 3-year-old son. Every day since I got the recipe, Connor has said to me, “Daddy, are we brewing beer today?”

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

New Homebrew Article: Lane Monthly | A Minor in Homebrewing

How can you get craft beer taste when you’re on a college budget? Some students beat the cheap beer blues by brewing their own in the process better known as homebrewing.

Source: Lane Monthly | A Minor in Homebrewing

2 Homebrew Clubs & More Craft Beer Stories

Image: Oregon Beer Growler

Image: Oregon Beer Growler

Here in Oregon, the cities of Eugene and Corvallis are known for their football-driven rivalry. During November, that comes to a head in the Civil War game. And when it comes to beer and homebrew, there’s lots going on in both cities too.

In the November 2014 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler, I’ve written the cover story of 2 homebrew clubs, one in Eugene and one in Corvallis. There’s also a big round-up of everything craft beer in both cities. So if you want to know how to get your beer (or brew) on in these areas, you are all set!

Read the Oregon Beer Growler online or find a print copy »

See more of my Craft Beer Writing & Homebrew Articles

Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Slow Food & Bottle Caps

Mar. 6, 2014, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Agrarian Ales’ Ben Tilley Talks Slow Food

As part of an ongoing 2nd Tuesday Lecture Series about Slow Food in the Lane County region, Ben Tilley from Agrarian Ales will be at the 16 Tons Cafe on Mar. 11. The intent of the series is to help people learn about “local options for good, clean, ethical food.”

Tilley will talk about Agrarian Ales, his craft brewery located on a farm near Coburg.

The event is sponsored by Slow Food Eugene. Lecture starts at 7 p.m., with Happy Hour prices 6-7 p.m. Entry is free, though a donation to Slow Food Eugene is recommended.

More info at the event’s Facebook page »

Ninkasi Giving Away Crown Caps to Homebrewers

You know how it is, homebrewers, you can never have enough bottle caps. And you can top up your cap stash 3-5 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 7, at Ninkasi Brewing, 1061 West 2nd Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi recently put out the word on their Facebook page that “We’ve got some crown caps in need of good beer and loving homes…. So drop on by with your boxes, bags, dogsleds, and red flyer wagons so we can share our stash of crowns with you!”

So get out there and do your part, homebrewers, and relieve Ninkasi of all those caps!

Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Plank Town Brewer’s Dinner, Claim Viking, Homebrew Class, Ninkasi Northwest, Homebrew Meetup

Feb. 20, 2014, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Plank Town Hosts Their First Brewer’s Dinner, Feb. 23

Plank Town Brewer's Dinner. Image: Plank Town Brewing.

Plank Town Brewer’s Dinner. Image: Plank Town Brewing.

Plank Town Brewing has made quite a mark on the local craft beer scene. The most recent was the success of their recent Newton’s Pin Cask Ale Festival, featuring cask-poured beers from 11 area breweries (including Oakridge’s Brewers Union Local 180). Now the downtown Springfield brewpub has decided it was time you got to meet the brewer at their first-ever Brewer’s Dinner.

The dinner will be held at Plank Town on Sun., Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

Described as “an informal yet decadent six-course dinner featuring beer pairings and a chance to chat with brewer Steve van Rossem,” Plank Town’s chefs planned a special menu of food and Plank Town beer:

  • Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with andouille sausage, paired with Optical Illusion – English Dark Mild ale
  • Warm shaved Brussels sprout salad with gorgonzola dolce and almonds tossed in a date balsamic glaze, paired with Foggy Scotsman Porter
  • Slow-braised rabbit tostada, paired with Reggie English-Style IPA
  • Persimmon granitas, paired with Odd Fellow Wit
  • Elk top sirloin with hunter’s sauce and parsnip puree, paired with Hobbit’s Habit Olde Ale
  • Orange blossom honey and filbert baklava, paired with the Contemplator Doppelbock

Cost: $40. Seating is limited. Call 541-746-1890 for reservations, which must be made by Fri., Feb. 21. Arrangements can be made for vegetarian options or dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Learn more at Plank Town’s Facebook page or at

Claim 52, Viking Braggot Team up for Collaboration Brew

Photo: Claim 52 Brewing

Photo: Claim 52 Brewing

While the Eugene/Springfield area is still shaking off its post-snow, post-KLCC-Brewfest bluthers, the folks at Claim 52 and Viking Braggot decided it was high time they teamed up at the brew kettle.

Weston Zaludek of Viking Braggot came over to Claim 52’s West Eugene brewery on Feb. 19 to brew up a collaboration beer. Details are hush-hush, but it’s said it’s gonna “BLOW you away.”

The beer will be available at the Claim 52 Tasting Room in a few weeks.

More at Claim 52 Brewing’s Facebook page »

Ninkasi Takes Over the Northwest

Ninkasi Great Tap Takeover. Image: Ninkasi Brewing.

Ninkasi Great Tap Takeover. Image: Ninkasi Brewing.

It was always a threat. Given the meteoric growth that Ninkasi Brewing has had since 2006, there was always a chance Eugene’s local juggernaut would one day up and take over the entire Pacific Northwest.

That day has come.

Throughout today, Thurs., Feb. 20, Ninkasi’s Great Tap Takeover conquers all taps at pubs throughout Washingon and Oregon, including Lynnwood, Everett, Lake Stevens, Stanwood, Burlington, Mill Creek, Seattle, Salem, Yakima, Richland, DuPont, Olympia, Spokane, Pullman, Renton, Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakeland, Florence, Medford and Ashland.

They claim it’s just for today. But I wonder. Today it’s the Northwest. But tomorrow? Tomorrow the planet will stopped being called “Earth” and will be called “Ninkasi” instead.

At least there’ll be plenty of good beer.

Homebrew Class, Feb. 25

Are you a homebrewer with a least a little experience but wanting to pick up some new skills?

Join Denny Conn on Tues., Feb. 25, 6-8:30 p.m., for an evening of advanced homebrewing:

The advanced home brewing class will teach experienced extract brewers to brew beers made entirely from scratch, starting from the grain. It will also show home brewers how to construct inexpensive equipment for mashing the grain. Participants should have a good understanding of the brewing process and experience in brewing beers from extract. Instructor: Denny Conn. Register in advance.

The cost is $36 in-district (ID) or $43 out-of-district (OD). The class will be held at Sprout Kitchen, 418 A St. (use west entrance), Springfield. Contact Denny or Willamalane for more info.

More information at Cascade Brewers Society and Willamalane Classes and Lectures for Adults 18+.

Register online with Willamalane or call the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, (541) 736-4444, 215 W. C St., Springfield, 97477.

Monthly Homebrew Meetup

Cascade Brewers Society, Eugene, Oregon

Cascade Brewers Society Meeting Feb. 24

The Eugene-area club for homebrewers, the Cascade Brewers Society holds their monthly meeting on the last Monday of the month. The February meeting is Mon., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., in the downstairs room at the Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St., Eugene.

The meeting is open to all area homebrewers. There will be a discussion about an aspect of homebrewing, and homebrewers are welcome to bring homebrew to share.

More info at »

Guinness Clone Homebrew: Creating Galway Pradesh Stout (GPS), Version 1.0

Version 1.0 of GPS, just brewed and ready for yeast. Soon, it will be beer.

5 gallons of homebrew, GPS Mk I

“Jay took a draw off his pint. ‘Wow, that is the best pint of GPS I’ve ever had.’ He took another long quaff.” — Home Sweet Road

Ah, Galway Pradesh Stout. There’s nothing quite like the ol’ GPS, the #1 beer of the Rucksack Universe. But there are a few other stouts that may be considered cousins, and I knew that I had to be able to homebrew this iconic beer, and make it so others could brew it too.

To my mind, GPS holds its own with Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish Irish stouts. It has the renown of Guinness, the roast of Murphy’s and the smoothness of Beamish. A touch of tanginess keeps things interesting. Plus, GPS is sessionable, a beer lower in alcohol so it’s easy to essentially drink the better part of a keg in an evening.

You know, as you do. (Well, at least if you do if you’re Faddah Rucksack.)

Because GPS not only figures in to my Rucksack Universe stories but is practically a character all its own, it was really important to me as an author and a homebrewer to come up with a homebrew version of the #1 beer of the Rucksack Universe.

Back in fall 2013, I took my first crack at homebrewing GPS

Amazon - The Joy of Homebrewing

GPS Mk I/Version 1.0 is based loosely on Charlie Papazian’s Toad Spit Stout, from his The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition, with a few tweaks to make it more all my own.

The results so far?

We debuted GPS over Thanksgiving dinner at the end of November 2013, and so far it has been getting lots of compliments on its rich flavor, smoothness and roasted notes. I’m trying to decide if there has been enough tang or not, but so far I’ve been really pleased with this first attempt.

Now, I’m a steep-and-extract homebrewer, which means I use a combo of steeping grains along with off-the-shelf pre-made malt extracts to brew my beers. I want to see about not only improving the steep-and-extract version, but will also formulate an “all-grain” version for more advanced homebrewers.

But that’s what version 2.0 will be all about.


Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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