You never know who may walk into the pub and change the direction of a beer.
Some nothing special weekday in Bend, I was asked to come out to meet some enthusiastic fans of our beer, who also happened to be home brewers. When I got to their table, they were happily enjoying a couple classic pub burgers and frosty pints (I was somewhat jealous). It was evident that the enthusiastic one was the son of the father/son pair, Joe Bussmann: a beginning homebrewer and lover of craft beer. As he proclaimed his love for the beers, how they like stopping in on their trips to Bend, and how he is starting to homebrew, his no bullshit father, George Bussmann, was giving him the old “yaaa…yaaaa” look. I asked what brought them over and they said they were cranberry farmers from Sixes, Oregon and they were out here on business.
Brewing Black Butte anniversary beers requires a bit more than malt, hops, water and yeast. Here, the brew house is staged for Black Butte XXIV brewing.
It was rare to see a blender at our weekly brewer's meeting. Usually, several bombers of barley soda make the trip from the brew master's private fridge to provide us inspiration for our next big idea. Margaritas? Definitely not.