Podcast Episode 302: Jared Welch of Southern Grist Balances Progression and Intention

This Nashville brewery strives for big flavor, but their process of testing assumptions and finding more authentic ways of making popular styles leads to crowd-favorite beers that critics can love.

Jamie Bogner May 6, 2023 - 7 min read

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Finding space for personality and authenticity in hazy IPA and tart fruit beer these days can pose a challenge for brewers, but for Jared Welch, cofounder and production director for Nashville, Tennessee’s Southern Grist, that’s no reason to stop pushing. It’s why their popular quick-soured fruit beers are now acidified with a locally captured Lactobacillus strain, and why they’ve tweaked and increased bitterness in their hazy IPAs while eschewing dry hops during active fermentation. Southern Grist is going to make the beers customers want from them, but the team makes them stand out by making them their way.

In this episode, Welch focuses on hazy IPA and tart fruit beers, covering:

  • first-wort hopping with Vic’s Secret
  • whirlpooling very cool, as low as 160°F (71°C)
  • tweaking the grist for hazy IPA by ramping up oats
  • building the lightest color via pilsner malt
  • driving the London Ale III yeast strain to a dozen generations through careful fermentation management
  • dialing in acidity for specific fruits

And more.

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