Podcast Episode 204: For Julian Shrago of Beachwood Brewing, There Are No Additives, Only Ingredients

The co-owner and brewmaster of the Southern California brewery shares strong opinions on developing beers where nothing is added and everything—from hops to coffee and spices—is considered a recipe ingredient.

Jamie Bogner Sep 11, 2021 - 4 min read

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Julian Shrago is not afraid to ruffle feathers. The outspoken brewmaster for Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, California, has cultivated an intense persona, but that passion and focus manifest in the beers they brew and the awards they’ve racked up over the past 10 years, including 19 GABF medals plus nine from the World Beer Cup.

In this episode, Shrago discusses:

  • Beachwood’s flavor-first creative process
  • Building predictive sensibilities around recipe development
  • The evolution of West Coast IPA in general and Beachwood’s in particular
  • The cross-pollination between New England and West Coast IPA brewing techniques
  • Bittering contribution from dry hopping
  • Creating a saturated wall of flavor in IPA
  • Using acidity to temper bitterness
  • Setting up biotransformation precursors through hop choice and terpenes
  • Building expressive balance in dark beers with coffee

And more.

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Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].