Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Good Brew, at Home

I have been interested in brewing beer at home. I developed this yen about a year ago, after reading a New York Times article in which Mark Bittman wrote about pairing beer with food. Mark Bittman, “When the Right Wine Is a Beer,” The New York Times, June 16, 2004 at F1. Mr. Bittman visited with Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery. Upon traveling around Europe some 20 years ago, Mr. Oliver discovered that not all beer “tasted like water.” Thus enlightened, Mr. Oliver began brewing his own beer.

I enjoy drinking the Saint Arnold beers. Not only does St. Arnold brew good beer, but also “Texas’ oldest microbrewery” is right here in Houston.

Some acquaintances of mine brew beer at home, and they enjoy the process and the product. Alton Brown devoted an episode of Good Eats, Episode#: EA1F10, to brewing beer. It was quite informative, of course. He made it look easy.

I wonder whether brewing beer at home is more economical than paying retail prices for it, not taking into account the value of my time.

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