Craft Beer – A Hopumentary

By | August 17, 2017

For most of the 20th century, beer was dominated by large-scale breweries like Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors. By the early 80’s, through industry consolidation there were little more than 100 breweries left in the US. The result was an entirely American style of beer, one that had been diluted, homogenized and mass produced. In this environment, American beer lovers seeking quality and variety began brewing their own with a few intrepid pioneers eventually going commercial. With this, a new movement in American brewing began, one of smaller producers focusing on quality over quantity. This is a story of Craft Beer.


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Jeremy Williams

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In this episode, veteran beer-making instructor Jeremy Frey, from F. H. Steinbart Company, one of the oldest home beer supply houses in the country, shows us how to make a batch of home-made beer. The printed recipe from the video is on Cooking Up a Story: Amber Ale recipe:

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40 thoughts on “Craft Beer – A Hopumentary

  1. TheJusnic82

    Trappist beer is by far the best beer in the entire world…and although its expensive (here) its good to know by buying Trappist beer they use that money for charities and other great deeds….(part of one of the laws to even being called a Trappist Beer)

  2. Joel McGuiness

    Should've come to Grand Rapids, Michigan for this documentary. Beer city USA

  3. Beer Tuben

    what a great ideo for a video! really enjoyed it. thanks for sharing

  4. SickName Brah

    People in SanFran are so obnoxious. You couldn't have picked a more annoying pool of talent to feature.

  5. Craft Brew Crew

    Very cool doc! Craft beer is now. Craft beer is the future.

  6. Brewbanshee

    very cool. love the local vibe and spotlighting businesses rooted in normal everyday people. Cheers

  7. The Tyler Huffman

    Love craft beer. Like loovvvee. Favorite part of nayture. Just posted a video that shows my true love.

  8. Jaspers Welt

    For me as a german and as a bartender it honestly hurts my soul to see all this beer being served without a nice, foamy crown! Otherwise great great great documentary

  9. Ralph James

    Lets face it, the best beer that has ever been brewed is Keystone Light!!!

  10. iLoveTurtlesHaha

    The enthusiasm from these guys is really contagious. I'm just starting this hobby at home and I wish I can go live in the west coast – specifically Washington but I'm Canadian FML … XD.

  11. Benji Arnold

    I literally have that macho man randy savage figure on my desk right now. So weird seeing another one

  12. Rod J BeerVentures

    Nice vid, although the boiling of most extracts has been deemed not necessary, or at 15 minutes at the most to make sure sanitized and to avoid scorching. But solid video overall, Cheers!

  13. Big Boy Arms

    So, I've watched a few videos on home brews and this video seriously helped put all the pieces together! appreciate the simplicity here in this video! Brew more please (Organic IPA Homebrew videos)!

  14. Catch'em Smoke'em

    good vid, but adding water to make the 5 gallons leaves it with a watered down, (home brew taste). I found its best to use a larger pot for the boil and try and make a 5 gallon wort.

  15. Gunslinging Bird

    This was a great video. I learned more from it than from a brewer-guided session a few months back.

    How much would I be looking to spend to get a good starter home brewing system?

  16. Tim Tannenbaum

    I made my first batch today and this video was incredibly helpful in validating the steps. Very well done and it will help me greatly in my bottling process as well.

  17. MrBillieTheKid

    You have the gift of being well spoken and teaching with such a clarity that everything gets covered as it should. Thank you for taking the time and teaching this craft!

  18. Athit Kong

    I am interested in your beer making recipe, so where can I buy it?

  19. HighSpeedNoDrag

    I figure at age 51 and being an alcoholic, it's time to brew my own Beer.

  20. TheBProject Brewery

    Awesome video! Do you advice to use copper kettle instead of stainless steel?

  21. Quello Che Ti Capita

    Good video and good instruction for new brewer, then you failed in the yeast addition.
    Adding dry yeast to the wort like that will just kill it, it need a water rehydration to reproduce a bit, with all that sugar to wake him up will just put him in a really bad spot.
    You basically dropped his live cell count to 15%, this is ok if you add at least another 3 pack of yeast.
    You probably have enough live cell count to start the fermentation, but the yeast will be put in a really high stress situation and probably it will create a lot of off flavour.
    Then you didn t sanitized your hand before putting it in, but that can be mandatory.
    Hope that you made this mistake just to make this video more viable for newer brewer, but please next time give more attention to the yeast, it is a living being and he need to be treated well.

  22. Minimeister317

    Nice video and all, but "beginners" guide which require many hundreds of dollar equipment?

  23. Colm White

    You make it look so easy. How long did it take you to where you made your first brew? I'd love to get into making my own craft beer.


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