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Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Culture, Road Trip USA, Uncategorized |

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

After driving more than 4,000 miles across the United States visiting craft breweries along the way, I’ve added words like sparged, wort, and flocculation to my vocabulary and picked up a few insights into American craft brew culture, trends, and tips for homebrewers (scroll down to see Tips for Homebrewers video below!). Quality¬† & Freshness Fermentation is often described as an art and a science, and rightly so. Brewers pay careful attention to every step of the process to achieve the desired style, flavors, color, and alcohol content. In order to maintain the integrity of a particular style of beer, Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah mimics the water chemistry in Germany, for example, by using a carbin filtration process. “The malt doesn’t know its not in Belgium!” says Steve Koonce of Epic and goes on to say how the brewery avoids ‘house flavor’* by removing mineral content from the water prior to fermentation. Maintaining consistency from “keg to keg, year to year” is important in the...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Blog, Interviews, Travel, Travel Planning, Uncategorized |

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Jason Demant tells the story of Unanchor.com at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco on the fateful day the SF Giants won the 2012 World Series.   What is Unanchor.com? We sell specialized travel guides directed towards travelers that want to get a local experience. They want to get around the city and places themselves, and they want to get off the beaten path. There are itineraries that take you through step by step of what you want to do throughout your day. What was the inspiration for beginning Unanchor.com? A couple years back, my now wife and I quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and we traveled around Asia for a year and Unanchor was the product I was always looking for but could never find. I wanted to know where to go and how to get around and it just was a frustrating process. We were moving around seeing the city so often and trying to figure out how to do that. I got interested in...

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