My friend and author Mark Miller just published a Huffington Post article featuring another friend, Gwen Conley of Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey. Gwen said yes when Mark and I suggested the story and I shot the photo. By the way, Gwen is publishing a book with co-author Julia Herz, "Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros" -- get it.
Brewing beer in one-gallon batches is a blast. I can brew as often as I like and the cleanup takes 10 minutes! What's more, this type of granularity in making beer unleashes my baker's frenzy for precision. I give special thanks to my friends, who answer my seemingly hundreds of questions regarding the particulars of small-batch brewing. For this American brown, I plan to use dried mission figs soaked in Bulleit Bourbon. Whenever I use Bourbon, I think of Gwen Conley of Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, who is a huge influence in my beer adventures.
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