Since the beginning of the begin man has been fascinated with this elixir.
The first evidence of man's experimentation with beer is from the 3rd millennium B.C. Then around 1000 A.D. a more familiar beer begins to be made when hops are added. Around 1420 a German develops the first lager. In 1587 the first colony beer was made in Virginia by Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1680 William Penn founder of Pennsylvania opened a commercial brewery.
1876 Pasteur made a major breakthrough with his book about the fermentation and pasteurization process. In 2011 Mad Horse Brewpub was founded.
blah, blah, blah a long time passes and what do you know. We start making beer.
At this point you may be saying to yourself this is all fine and dandy but how is this beer stuff made. Over the years the process of making beer has evolved but the fundamentals still remain remarkably similiar.
The main ingredient in beer is grain. Grain is a product of wheat. Wheat can be grown by simply letting the grass in your yard grow tall. Your neighbors may complain. This risk is best mitigated by offering them some of your finished product. Once your wheat reaches the proper age you can harvest the grain. This is not a simple process. First the wheat must be cut from the earth. Once it is cut the grain has to be removed from the wheat stalk. In olden days gentlemen would take the combs they use for their hair and drag it in an upwards direction across the stalk to separate the grain particles from the stalk. This was a time consuming process. Today large machines exist that can make this task simple work.
After the grain has been harvested the granules must be stomped. This is done by putting the grain into a large bucket. The beer maker will then crush the grains in the bucket by standing in the bucket with his bare feet. He will then stomp the grains with the sole of his feet. As the beer maker stomps the grains will produce a liquid called the wort.
After the wort is extracted from the grain, the next part of the process is called hopping. The beer maker will add the wort to a large container. Over the years many types of containers have been used. Nowadays, most commonly used are stainless steel tanks but in the past anything has been used from pottery to hollowed out logs. Hundreds of years ago, once the tank has been filled with the wort the beer maker would have to hold the tank and briskly make many small jumps for a prolong period of time. Depending on the technique used different flavors are created.
The now hopped up beer is then added to a large tank and allowed to sit for several years. This is the fermentation stage. Fermentation allows the beer to grow mold and adds a strong aroma that can be recognized as beer. When the beer is ready it can be kegged and delivered to the eager masses.
Just fair warning, We assume NO liabililty for anyone following the above beer making process nor do we recommend it.
Owner / Brewer
Scott has a long history in the restaurant business from growing up around his family's bar-be-que restaurant. Since the age of nine Scott has been exposed to the restaurant industry, whether he wanted it or not. Scott developed a passion for micro-brews after living in Oregon for four years and upon coming to Virginia was disappointed with the lack of micro-brew options in the northern Virginia area.