Bucolic Davis

I’ve just finished up a quite enjoyable week in the quaint college town of Davis, CA where I had the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost leaders of the brewing industry. Taking part in the Intensive Brewing Short Course at UC Davis, I had the immense privilege of soaking up invaluable knowledge from both Dr. Michael Lewis and Charlie Bamforth, distinguished faculty and amongst the best instructors you will find on the planet today. I would be remiss to not include both Jim Brown and Sue Langstaff, both equally accomplished and effective in conveying the intricacies of yeast metabolism and sensory training, respectively.

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No trip (or beer related endeavor, for that matter) would be complete without some type of beer excursion. Fortunately, we had the pleasure of visiting a little known brewing operation located a few miles north in Chico… and it was quite a sight to behold:

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On par with the quality and innovation that Sierra Nevada puts forth in its products, the company culture fostered by Ken Grossman also manifests itself in its “corporate” responsibility, namely with reducing its environmental impact and ensuring a more sustainable production process. Solar panels, CO2 capture, and fuel cells…

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Incredible respect. And a quick shot of one of their torpedoes as well:

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‘Til that next pint…
 

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