I had the opportunity to spend some time with James Petti of Vista's Wavelength Brewing Co. as he was milling some grain in preparation for a long evening's brew. James shared his thoughts on designing beers. "I like to think about the ingredients first," he said. "I'm constantly on the lookout for new ideas . . . taking in the aroma and tastes of grains and hops . . . evaluating adjuncts and flavoring agents. The most exotic and unique ingredients make a home in my memory and become the building blocks for my newest beers. I'm also constantly tasting beers made by others to see how my palate will respond. I like seeing how brewers play out their vision for each beer style." Thanks, James, I plan to spend my days grazing on hops and grains over at Mother Earth and spending time in my garden to find more ingredients like pink peppercorns and Meyer lemons for my future brews. Glad to hear that Wavelength is now open Wednesday through Sunday starting at noon -- my mouth is watering for your Orange Wheat Ale.
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