The Importance of Good Yeast Management: Helping Yeast Help You Make Great Beer

HAPPY YEAST, HAPPY BREWER, HAPPY DRINKER For the purists, beer consists of four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast. While many breweries these days have deviated from the strict measures…

Bling for our Brewery

My brewery and I have been together for over a year now. It’s been an intense 16 months. We’ve had a few fights full of cursing and recrimination, but all…

The Heaviest Freaking Boulder in the World: Keep Supporting Local Businesses

The re-release of Sisyphus this week made me realize just how appropriate the myth of Sisyphus as a metaphor for opening and running a business is. In fact, it feels…

Surviving COVID-19: One HUGE Thank You

Finally, Slowly, Kinda-Sorta, we get to OPEN OUR DOORS AGAIN! Recent trends and policy changes are building optimism that we will—eventually—emerge from this shadow existence imposed on us by COVID-19….

Building Quality at Silver Branch

Written by James Shellhammer, Quality Control Program Manager The Importance of Quality Control Behind great beer lies a great brewer. While that is true, it’s only part of the story….

Making Barrel-Aged Chronicle

Making a divine barrel-aged stout is my holy grail. It seems like alchemy—combining a beer with a spirits barrel and time to transform the beer into something recognizable, yet also…

Brewing Hazy IPA: Enter Fourth Dimension

Hazy IPA defies what I used to say about brewing: there is nothing truly new under the sun. There are only so many ways to combine beer ingredients. No matter…

Brewing Collaboration Beers: Convergent Worlds

One of the very best parts of opening a brewery is letting your imagination run wild. Early in the conceptual stages of Silver Branch Christian and I were discussing our…

Brewing The Glass Castle: Czech Pilsener Tradition

Brewing a test batch for our Silver Branch Brewing Company Czech Pilsener, Glass Castle, was a welcome respite after many months of mostly financial spreadsheets, business planning, raising capital, negotiating…

Coffee Chronicle Experiment

Tropical stouts are a wonderful canvas for adding ingredients like coffee or cocoa.  The smooth, rich flavors of the base beer can hold their own even while the new ingredient…