I Brew – U Brew | A 13 year home brewer shares the current happenings of his favorite hobby

Pick a mart, any mart.

Telling someone to meet you at an unspecified GS Mart is a lot like paging Mr. Kim in a Korean hospital lobby — the only reasonable answer is “Which one, dipshit?”.  With unilateral ubiquity rivaled by that of only coffee shops and cell phone stores, convenience stores, also known simply as “marts”, dot the Korean urban    […]

JuneToberFest VI – Daejeon, South Korea

In 2015, it was the MERS outbreak.  What will it be in 2016?  2016’s JTF is shaping up to be a dandy with nine confirmed (and documented) kegs to be on tap.  Walk, boat, bike or stumble your ass down to Daejeon to be part of the action.  The event starts at 2pm and goes    […]

It’s not too late.

Wouldn’t it be great to watch some hops growing instead of your waistline this summer?  Ok, maybe your waistline is a lost cause but it’s not too late to put a few rhizomes into some dirt.  Don’t have any dirt to call your own?  I’ve got you covered.  Check out the recently added free “Sub Irrigated    […]

Confessions of a session beer brewer.

“How long is a piece of string?” is the non-beer equivalent to “What’s your definition of a session beer?”.  To some, it’s 4% while others will say 5%.  Breweries who make beer and people who make their money marketing beer will often be a bit more liberal with its usage typically favoring higher over lower.    […]

"Hey G.  It's me, Hops.  It's 2016?  Far out, man."

Spring has sprung.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time to is now” ~ Chinese proverb So what pray tell is so difficult about picking up that shovel and planting that seed or rhizome?  If it weren’t for your crippling social media addiction, not a God damn thing.  Much like    […]

Daegu, Korea – Stout Smackdown 3/12/16

Daegu Brewers of South Korea are hosting their 2nd annual “Stout Smackdown” on March 12th, 2016.  While beers entered into this competition will be of the dark variety, conversation about beer in general will be light and lively.  Festivities begin at 4 p.m. ———————————————— My online courses: “Small Spaces, Limit Gear, Lotsa Beer” “Brew Like    […]

New Years Brewing Resolutions

Ah, 2016 — a fresh start, a clean sheet, a new beginning.  Two thousand sixteen — the year that you are going to lose weight, learn a new language or reduce your social networking dependence.  Living in Asia gives me the unique opportunity to set, and fail at, fulfilling both Gregorian and Lunar resolutions.  A perennial    […]

Brewflection — 2015.

We’ve got a lot to be thankful for in Korea this go around the sun.  We’ve still got 2 LHBSs (craftbrewer.co.kr & seoulhomebrew.com — “local” obviously varies in context but when you live in a country the size of Indiana ..) continually striving to add new and exciting products for the growing home-brew scene in Korea.    […]

Christmas Hops deals

Not sure if you were naughty or nice this calendar year?  Why not stack the deck in your favor and fill your own stocking with vacuum sealed bags of hops instead of crusty lumps of coal?  While all the cool kids are splashing out big money for expensive, but awesome, hop varieties like Simcoe and    […]