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Todd DiMatteo never intended to head up the production side of Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. However, after a rocky start with a previous brewer forced him to quickly step up to the brewdeck, he embraced the role with verve. Thankfully, his homebrew experience plus more than a decade serving beer at Atlanta’s legendary Brick Store Pub provided a palate and a point of view—two things that he’s leaned into while further developing Good Word’s beer program.
Small beers are a big deal for DiMatteo. Through collaborations and core brews, he routinely plays across the beer map—from “petite IPA” to Czech-style dark lager and English-style bitter. In this episode, he talks about the challenges and techniques to brewing small beers, including:
- sharpening critical faculties to focus on constant improvement
- finding inspiration in source material for beer styles
- staying respectful of style and naming conventions, in part to keep styles alive and vibrant
- key points for maximizing character and minimizing detracting notes in small beers
- the value of decoction in low-ABV beers
- evaluating ingredients and selecting them for flavor
- using multiple lager and ale strains while remaining efficient from a production standpoint
- spunding for natural carbonation
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