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Duel Brewing

Posted in Beer, beertography, Brewing, CraftBeer, Microbrewery, New Mexico, Santa Fe with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2014 by themadhopper
Throwing back a beer at the classy Duel Brewing

Throwing back a beer at the classy Duel Brewing

There is a lot of good beer in New Mexico right now and one of my favorites is Duel Brewing in Satan Fe. Duel Brewing has been open for two years now and brew in a Belgian style that is new and exciting to the area. They are the first brewery in 15 years and claim the designation of proudly being part of the “Mid-Town” .



If you are a  beer lover you should defiantly check Duel Brewing out.


Opening a Brewery in Ecuador, South America

Posted in Bandido Brewing, Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Craft Beer Ecuador, CraftBeer, Microbrewery, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by themadhopper

Bandido Brewing, a new Microbrewery located in the old town of Quito.

I moved to Ecuador over a year and a half ago to help open a hostel. During my time at the hostel my Co-workers and I found that there was a general lack of good beer in Ecuador. Ecuador, like many South American countries has a beer industry monopolized by watery German style lagers which I am sure at one point ( in the early 1900’s or so ) was great. However, most of it has fallen to being the same if not worse than the large commercial brewers of the United States (Budweiser, Coors, etc. etc.).


So all of us having gone to college in the Pacific Northwest I am sure you could understand not only our frustration but also our withdrawals. It was about six months into our craft beer fending that we decided to do something about it, and no we didn’t just decide to give in and sacrifice our dignity and taste buds for a little beer.


So what would you say the rational solution to our dilemma was?

Open our own Microbrewery of course! Well, I don’t know if id say it was rational but that was our solution.

Now that was about a year ago that we decided to open a Brewery and since then we’ve had just about every set back you could imagine, and although we are still not officially open we have come a great deal closer to our dream of creating a new hopciety in Ecuador. Truthfully, all that is left is getting all of our permits done (which is a bureaucratic nightmare in Ecuador I’ll have you know! ). We have the beer, we have the following and once we open we are going to work our asses off to bring some of the Pacific Northwest beer culture to Ecuador!


So check out our website, our facebook, or just drop by and have a pint with us.

The Awesome Brewery that is Stone

Posted in Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by themadhopper


Here is a great interview with Greg Koch and Steve Wagner the owners of Stone Brewing.,0,5332429.story 

The interview talks with Koch and Wagner about their humble start and how they became a powerhouse in Brewing. Its a quick read but really gives you some insight into what life is like starting a new business especially in a new market.

I’ve always enjoyed Stone but reading this confirms for me how awesome the Brewery is. The owners distribute themselves and help out smaller local breweries

The company pours competing craft beers at its restaurant. Helping other brewers may seem counterproductive, but not to Stone’s founders. The idea, Koch said, is to build interest in flavorful, craft-brewed beer and steal customers from large breweries that hold a majority of market share.

Koch and Wagner are true believers in what it means to be a craft brewer. They understand that we all have to stick together in order to beat the big guys. Its not about competing against each other but against the Industry.

The Beer Brand Identity

Posted in Beer, Brew Against the Machine, Brewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 20, 2013 by themadhopper

Hopefully ” buy local” which is generally applied to produce and food will extend to the beer market as well. There is a time and place for cheap beer like Budweiser but I think that once you get use to it buying locally from a microbrewery is much more satisfying. Not only is there a sense of pride in having bought a great beer that is made locally but its fun to meet the faces behind that beer, and some times if your lucky those local brewers will pass you a pint or two.

Stand Up and Fight, Throw off the shackles of the Industrial Breweries

Posted in Beer, Brewing with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2013 by themadhopper

Industrial Brew

It’s time for the revolution. For far too long have we been enslaved to the power hungry, money grubbing, taste bud robbing Industrial Beers. The CEOs and Head Brewer’s see us only as numbers, as market trends and profit margins. They have taken an art and turned it into weak, characterless beer attached to dollar $igns. Low is the brewmaster who sells his soul to the devils of the faceless industry, lower even still than the CEOs for the brewer knows the beauty of the art and potential of hi craft yet still lets the machine control his dreams.

There was a time when people look pride in their fermentation. A time when to brew was to create and to create was to be divine. Ever family or clan ( regardless of geographic location) had a secret recipe for fermenting that defined the family and was guarded well. Now cogs and wheels turn mills and drones boil the wort.

There is hope though. A beautiful taste off in the distances still within reach.  The rise of the micro brew, and the home brew will lead us to our salvation.

Together we will drink libations of deep flavor and character. Beer that has gravity and charm. No more 3.5 %, no more over carbonated water.

We will prevail, let the fun begin.

Raise a glass to the Brewrevolution.

The Mad Hopper

Posted in Beer, Brewing, Hops with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2013 by themadhopper



Welcome, I am the Madd Hopper. Because I am Mad about Hops. Hops for beer that is. The hoppier the beer the better. Sadly, I live away from any Hop mecca and am forced to consume flavorless, hop devoid beer. Curse you giant beer companies, curse you. Its my own personal hell you might say, and its driving me quite mad. So thus I rave, and I rant, about hops. And some times about beer and other libations, so stay tuned and watch as I progress down the rabbit whole.

Note to self, next time take the blue pill

Beer Dogma and the path to enlightened libations

Posted in Beer, Brewing, Hops with tags , , , on January 20, 2013 by themadhopper


Water, Hops, and Barley.

Those three original ingredients use to be the soul heart and mind of beer as it was crafted in Germany . The Reinheitsgebot was a law put into place during the early 1500’s in Bolivar, the epicenter of beer brewing for Europe and really the world during that time. The Reinheitsgebot was established as a law of purity that forced brewers to limit their beer ingredients only to water, hops and barley. This came about in part for health issues as well as economic ones.

Hops are used to bitter beer as well as preserve it. Before the creation of the Reinheitsgebot many different herbs where used for both bittering and preservation. However, some of these ingredients proved to be unhealthy and it was decided that hops where a much more suitable ingredient.

The use of barley in beer came about as economic pressure drove up the price of other grains like rye or wheat which caused the price of bread to skyrocket. Barley on the other hand is inexpensive and although not the best grain to use in bread works well in the fermentation of beer.

The purity laws were quickly adopted in most of Bulvaria but saw resistance outside of Bulvaria where a great deal of fruit beers where produced. Sadly it wasn’t for a couple hundred year before fruit beers really started to emerge on the market again

Then in the 1800’s the Reinheitsgebot was expanded to included yeast and cane sugar. Yeast has always been a very important aspect of fermentation and brewing but it wasn’t until scientific development allowed for the comprehension of what yeast actually was and the role it played in fermentation.

Towards the later half of the century as the craft of beer brewing spread across the world to England and the U.S there was a gradual movement away from Reinheitsgebot and the German tradition of beer. New beer styles emerged such as the pale ale, and IPA which although still used the basic ingredients expanded upon the depth and complexity of certain beer styles no seen in Germany.

Many Germans still prefer the taste of their traditional lagers and pilsner to the hoppy desires of their American and British cousins. IPAs have become a much loved and stable beer for Americans especially in the Pacific Northwest where craft beer and microbreweries thrive.

It’s amazing to imagine how beer has evolved over the last thousand years from a simple fermentation process that only included 3 ingredients to the complex science that now creates the beers that line our refrigirators and the local taps.

Society is about progression; in the arts, the sciences, and of course the stuff that really counts, libations. If you experiment beyond a certain point eventually you’ll end up with something that simply isn’t beer. But everything in-between is fair game and should be not only supported but sought after. If a new combination doesn’t work right or isn’t appealing let the consumer decide, let the market decide, just as long as you aren’t purpesoufuly trying to make shit beer

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