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Over the past decade of working professionally in beer, Inner Voice cofounders Rhett Caseman and Josh Johnson have brewed beers of every style on a wide range of systems of various scales. However, when they envisioned a brewery of their own, they knew they wanted to keep it small and taproom-focused, meanwhile seeking a balance between thoughtfully executed classic styles and juicy hop-driven beers at the leading-edge of experimentation.
Now 15 months old, the brewery has been turning heads in the Atlanta metro area with both approaches, offering everything from helles and Kölsch to hazy double IPA with high finishing gravities—alongside some of the best pizza in town from Glide, located right in the taproom.
In this episode, Caseman and Johnson discuss the steps that brought them here and how they construct beers on the front edge. Along the way, they cover:
- understanding the hyperlocality of specific styles and how they sell
- achieving maximum hop flavor density through advanced hop products such as Spectrum
- dialing in the lightest possible color with pilsner malt and kettle tweaks
- eliminating boil hops and using minimal whirlpool hops to manage bitterness
- mixing Incognito and T-90 pellets to improve extraction
- using sea salt in water adjustments for body and punch
- maximizing thiol expression with thiolized yeasts
- brewing with newer hops such as Nectaron
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