Video Tip: Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

Study the classics, and use the best ingredients and equipment you can. One secret to making great beer is knowing that others have done the hard work for us—from the brewers who came before us to the farmers who produce our raw materials.

Jonathan Reeves Feb 24, 2021

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With Jonathan Reeves at the helm of its brewing program, Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Virginia, established a record as one of the most consistent winners at the Great American Beer Festival, earning 12 medals over an eight-year span, plus Small Brewing Company of the Year in 2015, besides various international honors.

In this 52-minute video course, available to All Access subscribers, Reeves shares his top-to-bottom approach to ensuring technical excellence, from his overarching philosophy down to Port City’s data- and details-oriented methods. Among the topics that Reeves covers:

  • The importance of quality ingredients and equipment
  • Learning from the brewers who came before us
  • Establishing bulletproof SOPs and brewery protocols
  • Identifying data points for measuring and fine-tuning
  • Monitoring dissolved oxygen throughout the process
  • Airtight beer transfer and packaging
  • Keeping a beer library to monitor freshness and stability

And more, from Kunze to Frederick the Mouse.

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