All apologies for the past 2 1/2 weeks of not updating the site at all. But I guess that’s what happens when you quiet your job, move out of the state, go on a week-long vacation, and then start a new, fulltime job.
So yes, it’s been a busy few weeks.
Long story short, I’m working at Mt. Shasta Brewing Company. I’m not exactly a fulltime brewer–more of a 2/3-time brewer really. I’m in the office, in the brewery, and I’m basically helping everyone out wherever they need it. (Don’t worry, I’m still graining out and cleaning kegs–plenty of grunt work to keep up my street cred and pay my dues.)
What I’ve learned over the past few weeks working at a brewpub: professional brewing isn’t nearly as fun or creative as homebrewing. There are many more perks though. One of those being: you get to work with heavy machinery, dough-in with 50-lb bags of grain, boil hundreds of gallons of wort, and pitch gallons of yeast. It’s a lot more expensive too…
In other news, I finally submitted a beer to a local homebrew competition (my first one!). The Amador County Fair (near Sacramento, CA) was this past weekend and my Double IPA (The Big DIPA) won GOLD! (For proof, I mean, complete results, go here.) So I got that going for me. Which is nice.
Also in other news, with the move, the vacation, and the job, I haven’t been homebrewing much lately. Still looking for a new apartment/house/homebrewery, but for now, I’ll definitely continue to update the site with homebrew and craft brew items as often as I can. But instead of my latest recipe or tastings (there will be tastings though…I’m so far behind on those things…coming soon!), I might have opinion or research articles on the craft industry, going pro, contract brewing, brewing news, etc.