All posts by Ryan Bell

February 7, 2014, No comments

As any IPA lover will tell you, the Humulus lupulus (the scientific name for hops) is where it’s at. This climbing plant produces flowers that brewers have been picking for centuries to […]

American Craft Beer Week May 13-19

May 10, 2013, 2 Comments

It’s early May once again, and that can only mean that American Craft Beer Week is just around the corner.  This year (the 8th year of ACBW), t ...

Fresh (Wet) Hops

July 20, 2012, No comments

Since hops are a seasonal crop that is harvested in the fall, most hops used by homebrewers and commercial brewers have to undergo processing to dry t ...

Patriotic Beer

July 3, 2012, No comments

I recently noticed a Scottish beer from Innis and Gunn that commemorates American Independence Day. Apparently these Scots felt inspired to give a bit ...

  • American Craft Beer Week
    May 12, 2012, No comments

    Starting Monday May 14th and running through May 20th, join your fellow beer drinkers in celebrating American Craft Beer Week. Events are being held throughout the country to celebrate the […]

  • Buckeye Lake Brewery Opens February 5
    February 4, 2012, 3 Comments

    A new brewpub will be officially opening in central Ohio this Sunday, February 5. The brewpub is Buckeye Lake Brewery, and is located in Buckeye Lake (as the name would […]

  • Hop-tastic!
    December 5, 2011, No comments

    In the last installment in the basic beer ingredients series, I’ll be talking about hops and what they bring to beer. Historically, ancient beers utilized a wide variety of herbs […]

  • Learn to Homebrew Day!
    November 1, 2011, 2 Comments

    This coming Saturday (November 5th) is Learn to Homebrew Day, during which people interested in learning to homebrew can meet up with experienced brewers to observe the process and ask […]

  • Making your own hard cider
    August 22, 2011, 9 Comments

    As fall fast approaches, many homebrewers begin thinking about brewing up a batch of hard cider. In addition to being a crisp, refreshing beverage that brings forth images of fall […]

  • Adjuncts
    August 15, 2011, 1 Comment

    In addition to the base malt and specialty grains that go into the production of a batch of beer, the brewer also has the option of adding adjuncts.  Adjuncts are […]