Welcome to my website. Here you will find recipes, tips, and general information about home brewing beer, mead and other beverages. I will also occasionally share information and insights about beer styles historical and modern, about brewing equipment and ingredients, and about commercial brews, breweries and brewpubs that I encounter. I would love to hear from you, with comments, questions, suggestions for good beers to try, good pubs to visit, etc.
I am currently the manager of the Home Brew Department, as well as the Beer & Wine buyer, at the South Royalton Market, South Royalton, Vermont. I was manager of the Home Brew Shop at the Seven Barrel Brewery, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, for about 8 years in the late 90’s and early ’00’s. I co-wrote the Seven Barrel Brewery Brewers’ Handbook with the late Greg Noonan, and I am the author of North American Clonebrews. Our local newspaper recently ran an article about the market, the home brewing community and me.
I was a feature writer and regular columnist for Brew Your Own Magazine for a number of years. I have been brewing my own beer and making mead, wine and cyder since 1990. I am also a National Beer Judge, certified by the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). In addition to all that, I hold a PhD in French and spent about 20 years of my life as a high school French teacher…
I brew about once a week, pretty much year-round. Generally I brew all-grain, but will occasionally brew with extracts when experimenting with yeasts or exotic ingredients. When I am not brewing, racking, bottling or designing my next brew, I am writing a series of historical novels. I am a life-long New Englander, so naturally I am a huge Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan.
LATEST NEWS: Since March 2013 I have also been doing a weekly program on our local internet-only community radio station (royaltonradio.org) called The PROGnosis – Wednesday nights, 7 – 9 pm (eastern) – featuring 2 hours of progressive and neo-progressive rock, prog metal, art rock, space rock, symphonic rock, fusion jazz and other interesting tunes… Check it out! The show is also rebroadcast from archive at midnight on Saturdays.