It's hard to deny the size and economic impact of America's craft beer industry. In fact, the Brewers Association estimates that the 24.6 million barrels of craft beer brewed in the U.S. in 2016 contributed $23.5billion to the economy.
Have you ever thought about where yeast comes from? It's obviously an integral part of the beer brewing process. For Indiana based brewer Robert Caputo, the source of yeast proved to be a pain point. Caputo was eager to create a beer that was 100% Indianan. He had sourced malts, hops and water from Indiana with little issue, but was struggling to find yeasts native to the state. Enter his friend, Mathew Bochman.
Welcome to week two of my Octoberfest experiment! While I've never been to the real deal in Germany, Octoberfest seasonal brews are probably my favorite seasonal offerings of the year. Over the duration of September and into October, I am going to be trying many of the seasonal brews available in San Antonio, with the aim of crowning the best Octoberfest brew.
Well guys, Labor day has come and gone. We're officially moving out of the summer and transitioning into the fall. Fall is a great time to live in the U.S. of A. It's a time of football and Octoberfest brews. It means basketball season, Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here. Unfortunately, it also means that just about every commodity on earth will be released as "pumpkin", "pumpkin spice" or something of a similar variety. As someone who wasn't born in America, this obsession with pumpkins, cinnamon and a plethora of other weird spices that makes my nose hurt is completely bewildering.