Podcast: Big Brew 2018, with a home run line-up of home brewers and an extra innings bottle share!
This home-brew podcast goes remote to Rivets stadium in Rockford, IL with the Forest City Brewers and friends. We took in the sun and fun at the old ballpark to celebrate the largest group brewing event in the world (AHA Big Brew is the 40th anniversary and the farewell to Charlie Papazian, the father of home-brewing!). Home Brew Rock Stars interviewed people that brewed beer for the upcoming Brews On First beer festival on Saturday June 2. And with an impressive bottle share and some baseball meets Cinco de Mayo meets Kentucky Derby, all bets were in.
It was an interesting day of four brewers all doing brew-in-the-bag beers, but with 4 unique setups. Leading off with his Cincinnati Irish Red was Ron Derry, who once did a 3-day try-out with the Reds back when the players were “pumped” and the bats were corked. Batting second was Mike Bohn with his Belgian Dark Strong Ale and primed to move the Irishman into scoring position. Batting third was Jerry Machula and his Hefeweizen that’s leading the league in RIMS (see pics for this fun brewing setup). And batting clean-up was Mike Coisman switch hitting for the first time with a brew-in-a-bag lawn-mower bee featuring Centennial hops.
Good times for all that attended, and for those that chose not to, next year looks to be even more fun, so make plans now so you don’t miss out! Next podcast will be another remote occasion at the Olympic Tavern on Wednesday May 16 with FCB, Zak Rotello and friends. #drinkitup