Podcast Episode 303: Peter Kiley of Monday Night Is Creating A Framework That Supports Innovation

From high-gravity brewing to pushing new techniques in quick-soured fruit beer, Monday Night brewmaster Peter Kiley isn’t afraid to tackle difficult projects that make life easier on his team of brewers—as long as quality remains the number-one focus.

Jamie Bogner May 12, 2023 - 7 min read

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Monday Night Brewing has grown from their Atlanta roots into taprooms and breweries in major Southern cities—Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee, are two, with Charlotte, North Carolina, opening soon. The regional powerhouse has grown on the strength of quality beer, measured risk-taking, and a simultaneous embrace of both modern and classic styles.

In this episode, brewmaster Peter Kiley shares his unvarnished and thoughtful approach to brewing, touching on:

  • moving to high-gravity brewing to make life easier on the brewing staff
  • kettle-souring high-gravity brews
  • homogenizing kettle-soured component brews before fermentation
  • managing ionic concentration in high-gravity brews
  • troubleshooting excessive attenuation
  • understanding acids such as succinic acid in kettle-soured beer
  • the trouble with biotransformation in hoppy beers
  • extensive cold-conditioning to reduce hop burn
  • the challenge in creating a framework for innovation
  • the trouble in democratizing creativity

And more.

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