Podcast Episode 172: Zack Adams of Fox Farm Takes an Iterative But Exacting Approach to Traditional Styles

Fox Farm makes IPAs, yes, but an equally important part of their program is exploring brewing traditions—from tightly constructed lagers to thoughtfully executed English-style ales, Belgian-style farmhouse ales, and more.

Jamie Bogner Feb 7, 2021 - 5 min read

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For Zack Adams of Connecticut’s Fox Farm Brewery, the reward in brewing is found in working and reworking a smaller lineup of beers, over and over again, until he gets them just right. While they make and love IPAs, they also spend time and energy on simpler, smaller beers—such as German-style pilsner, Kölsch, English-style dark mild, and Belgian-inspired mixed-culture farmhouse beers. They’re a country brewery and comfortable with that approach.

In this episode of the podcast, Adams discusses:

  • Getting the hang of lager fermentation
  • A sensory approach to brewer feedback and improvement
  • Developing malt character with infusion mashing
  • Using different Noble hops to bring out varying characteristics in lagers
  • Creating balanced smoked beers, and bringing their audience along on the journey
  • Brewing classic English-style ales
  • Preparing and carbonating beer before nitrogenating
  • Creating a distinct approach to mixed-culture farmhouse ales
  • Brewing with craft malt
  • Wine-beer hybrids using New England grape varieties
  • (Accidentally) using winemaking techniques for softer tannin extraction
  • Learning from four seasons of spontaneous brewing (without releasing a single spontaneous beer)

And much more.

Photo: Red Skies Photography

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