The Placebo Pilsner

Sometimes curve balls DO get knocked out of the park. The old adage of “being thrown a curve ball” is usually a reference of being overwhelmed or taken aback by the unexpected. Our Master Brewer Ted Briggs was thrown a curve ball when brewing a Pilsner last month. Like a typical traditional pilsner, Ted started with soft Lake Superior water, which just happens to be the best for this style beer outside the village of Pilsen in Bohemia (Germany). 

Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops in The Growler

The Growler Story Here >> This issue, we are going to touch on beer and food, two topics I sure love. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. In this issue we address two of my favorite topics: Food and beer. People that love great food have been pairing wine [...]

Tycoons Zenith Alehouse in Live Beats and Good Eats article via The Growler

The Growler Story Here >> Tycoon’s Zenith Alehouse By the turn of the 20th century, Duluth had the most millionaires of any city in the world for its size, lands bulging with untold resources, and a population fast approaching Chicago, giving credence to Dr. Thomas Foster’s 1868 claim that Duluth was the “Zenith City of [...]

Melissa Rainville Talks Shop with The Growler

The Growler Story Here >> This issue’s Brewer Profile finds Melissa Rainville of Fitger’s Brewhouse hard at work. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Maxwell McGruder of Dapperman Studios Name: Melissa Rainville Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Works at: Fitger’s Brewhouse Turn-Ons: Integrity, authenticity, and beards with a smattering of grey in them. Turn-Offs: Self-importance, ostentatiousness, folks that don’t use dental floss. The Growler: What’s in your [...]

Why I Love Hops by Dave Hoops

The Growler Story Here In this edition of Deep Thoughts With Dave Hoops, I talk about one of  my favorite beer ingredients—hops. Reprinted from the Dec/Jan 2013 issue of The Growler Magazine My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. The hops used in brewing are the female flowers of the hop plant, Humulus [...]

Yeast and Fermentation with Dave Hoops via The Growler

The Growler Story Here >> In this edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops, we look at the most magical part of brewing beer: Yeast and fermentation. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. Webster’s defines fermentation as “a change brought about by a ferment, as yeast enzymes, which convert [...]
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