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Brewing TV - Episode 6: Mark Stutrud/Topless Hefe Tasting Notes


Original postdate: June 11, 2010

- Time to Brew: Tasting the Topless Hefeweizen
- Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit Brewing Company and keynote speaker at 2010 National Homebrewers Conference

BTV viewers asked for it, here it is. We begin this episode with some quick tasting notes on Dawson's Topless Hefeweizen brewed and open-fermented in Episode 4.

Our main segment focuses on Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit Brewing Company. Mark tells us about the changes he's seen in beer culture over the last 30 years, the argument of style vs. brand, and importance of homebrewing

Going to NHC this summer? Brewing TV will be there, too. Maybe you'll make it into a future episode.

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English IPA vs. American IPA..settled on the pitch!

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another good episode! I think I'll take you up on the open vs. closed challenge, sounds fun

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrav

you do some good things, folks! me and a buddy brewed our first batch of homebrew the other weekend and we are very excited to see how it turns out. most def, Summit EPA and New Belgium Fat Tire and the beers that inspiered us to jump into the homebrewing world. your episodes get me ready for weekend of good beer and company! keep it up! ALL FOR BREW AND BREW FOR ALL!!!!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Mark has become one of the all-time great figures in St Paul history in my opinion, and Summit is truly the zeitgeist of St Paul. I'm glad, but not surprised that Summit is now recognised as one of the world's great beers, as I have been saying since the 80s. I'm proud to say that I was an early adopter, putting it on tap in 1986. That first year, I think, may have been the worst year in terms of flavor for the EPA, and I got into the habit of pairing it with a splash of Grand Marnier in a rocks glass, alternating sips between the two. (Sorry Mark!) It caught on with the rest of the bar staff and soon there were a lot of bartenders accessorising their Summit with a Grand Marnier on the side-- or vice versa. Now, I just drink the Summit, happily.

When I was a kid, my sister and I loved the taste of beer-- we would circulate amongst the grown-ups at the lake during "happy hour" asking for a "sipoyerbeer." The beer was almost exclusively Point Special, which has seen great recognition in its own write. I still drink it at the lake. My entry into the world of better beer came when I was 12, and a friend of my brother's sent him a case of Guinness from Trinity College. It was 1967, and Guinness wasn't as easy to come by as it is today. Love at first sip. Eventually I was able to spend a year of college in England, and wrote a paper on the more than 365 breweries there. (I saw some concrete vats in some brew pubs that contained similar yeasty stuff, totally uncovered and fluffy. When the barman pulled a pint, it would often have chunks of it in the glass. Took some getting used to.)

Anyway, nice video of one of our favorite local heroes. In time, maybe even Joe Mauer will be as valued as Mark Stutrud!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterprufrock

I grew up in Modesto, CA and we had a brewery called St. Stans. It was run by a German couple and, at the time, produced some incredible beers that totally blew my mind when I first had them. I'm so glad, and somewhat shocked, considering the local demographics, that we had this place in our town that really cared about what it was putting out. After that, I started drinking stuff like Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and Red Hook. Then, when I want to college in at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, we had a pub called Spikes that served 40 beers on tap, all of which were either US craft brew, or great stuff from Germany, Belgium, and England. I became a homebrewer because of those experiences with amazing beer and the people who love it.

After graduating in '96 and moving to San Francisco, I was able to take my first brewery tour at Anchor. It was my first chance to talk to pro brewers about the craft and it was so enlightening and helpful to talk to people who did this for a living. Back in '96/'97 information outlets like The Brewing Network and the massive amounts of homebrew forums just didn't exist like they do today. You guys are really adding something great for homebrewers. Keep it up!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Moon Brewer

Great episode, I'm going to try my best to make it to the conference. My wife unfortunately has a conference that same day, about 12 hours in the opposite direction of Minneapolis!

Tell Mark Stutrud that inspiration is the name of the game. He'll be in a room where 99% of the guys want to be him, but only 1% of those will actually put in the work to get there! Awesome interview! Hope we run into each other at the conference!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick Mattern

EDIT: Guinness was my gateway beer!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick Mattern

Guys....you rock.
The kind of discussions and feedback we're getting keep us motivated to do this every week and make sure we're bringing the best project to the table that we can bring.

All for brew, brew for all!

Jake Keeler

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeler

Dawson! Keeler!
Thanks for your show. Though studying abroad in beer heaven (Germany) I find myself missing American craft brews more and more as the year moves on. Luckily, my friends have started homebrewing since I left the country and have a few fine brews waiting for me!
Just a word to the wise: in Germany you always clink the bottom of Weizen glasses, never the top! It's not quite as much of a faux pas as not looking someone in the eyes when you prost (after which you are cursed with 7 years of bad sex) but nevertheless to be avoided!
Cheers from Hamburg, Germany!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDurstig_Schmidt

P.S. The beer that first piqued my interest in Homebrewing was Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan. Lazy Magnolia is Mississippi's only legal brewery, and quite an awesome one. Check it out if you get a chance!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDurstig_Schmidt

You guys do great shows, you should check out the Potosi Brewery in Potosi,WI.
Gateway brewery had to be: Capital Brewery.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacobson

Awesome episode guys - great insight and conversation.

Personally, my gateway beer into craft beer AND homebrewing was my gf's brother's Dubbel. It was about 3 years ago when I first tried it - it was an homage to alllagash dubbel. After trying his version, I called the brewery and they gave me locations where I could find the beer. They went as far as to hold a keg for me up in Maine (I'm in MA) in case I couldn't find it anywhere and wanted to visit. I found a local place that had a great selection including some allagash bombers - I tasted the beer and I was instantly hooked on craft brews. When I did a side-by-side with my gf's brother's homebrewed version, I realized how similar it was and was instantly hooked on homebrewing.

3 years later I have a 10g AG setup, and will be building my third and fourth kegerators this summer, I just love this hobby and enjoy pulling a pint of either homebrew or local goodness (currently on Berkshire steel rail ale, great one for knocking back a few while relaxing) and watching you guys have fun with it.

Brew for all, and a brew for me.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Sam adams boston lager was my gateway beer, opened me up to what could be. Since i've gone on vacations to the beer hot spots of the world with the secret ambition to have as much good beer as i could stand (love germany). Im moving now towards putting a tap in my spare fridge and im hunting down where i can get the best beer in small quantities. Never know.. maybe i'll get into finding time to brew myself.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEirc

I grown up in nebraska so good beer back then was hard to find, no breweries nothing around but one beer our town carried besides domestics was Sam Adams so i must say that Boston Lager was my gateway beer it was the first time i tasted hops or any flavor in beer and since then ive been a homebrewer and a craft beer junkie. So thanks Sam!

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDurand

Great Work guys. Nothing better than sitting down and having a beer while i watch some brewing. Gotta say New Belgium Fat Tire was my gateway beer, but the first time we brewed the clone from Northern Brewer, there was no turning back. Since then it saddens me to say I have to buy beer randomly because i'm always out of homebrews. Waiting on Jakes ESB and Dawsons multi-red in primary to see what the pro's are brewing up. Looking forward to the next episode. Brew for all...........

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoRdAn

My "gateway beer" was Blue Moon. My senior year, my buddies and I would meet every Tuesday for wings and Blue Moons at our favorite bar in State College, PA. We became good friends with the guy that played guitar at the bar Tuesday night, as well, and drank so much beer, and would sing-along so loudly, it inspired a live-recorded CD called "Wednesday Morning Hangover". The tradition became known as Blue Moon Tuesdays, and was one of my fondest memories from my time at Dear Old State.

I still drink Blue Moon, and appreciate it's fruit/spice notes. I love wheat beers, as well, and this is one of my favorite commercial beers... and the only BMC product I can stand. I'm still working on a wit recipe that is similar... that eternally-tinkered recipe that every home brewer has.

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Sam Adams Boston Lager and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale were my gateway beers.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJW

Awesome episode! I have two gateway craft beers that Summit EPA and Big Sky Moose Drool. I was fortunate enough to discover both of them before they went "big". Both are still go-to beers for me.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhiteFish

great episode, for me it was Anchor Steam then Sierra Nevada Pale become my house beer.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Gateway: Twisted Kilt (Scottish Ale) - Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. (Akron, Ohio).

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdj

You know that baby bird that runs and runs on the ground flapping its wings in a feeble attempt to fly? Yeah, that was me with beer. Bud light, Corona, Heineken. Thankfully I discovered “beer” rather quickly. The beer that really got me saying, “Wow, there is more to beer…” was North Coast Old Rasputin. It was something completely different from what friend’s were drinking plus had some history behind it. The taste blew me away. Since that first sip I have been in love with beers with heart behind it…kind of like what Mark was alluding to in your video. Those breweries that just chase money are not going to make great beer; they are not going to win awards. Awesome job with this episode! Brewing TV just keeps getting better.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDingo

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