Help support a new Gluten Free Brewery!

When I was experimenting (mainly learning) how to brew gluten free I spent many hours reading on Homebrewtalk’s GF forum. One of the main contributors when I was there who really taught me a lot was Igliashon. Turns out, he is now a brewer with a new gluten free brewery (Ghostfish Brewing Company) in Seattle. They are launching a kickstarter campaign and if you have some spare cash, I’d urge you to contribute and help him out. His beers are unique and outside the box and I brewed one based on his advice once…and it was the best gluten free beer I’ve ever had. And I’m not exaggerating. Here is his post copied from Homebrewtalk.

“Long time no see, fellow gluten-free homebrewers! Some of you may know me, some of you may not, it’s been a while since I was posting obsessively here. The reason: I’ve turned pro, and my brewery is a few months away from opening!

We’re called Ghostfish Brewing Company, and we are gluten-free start to finish. Our beers are made with Grouse gluten-free malts and I have been obsessively perfecting our flagship recipes over the last several months. The results have been nothing short of incredible–I am completely confident that all of our beers could enter competition against barley beers and the BJCP-certified judges would be none the wiser.

However, as is the case for most homebrewers-turning-pro, banks have been rather shy about lending to us. My partners and I, along with a lone angel investor, have ponied up enough to get everything we need to get rolling–a 15 bbl steam brewhouse, 6 tanks, an awesome building with a sweet taproom, and ingredients for our flagship brews. The one thing we couldn’t quite stretch for was a pilot system and lab to develop new beers. I’m brewing my R&D batches on a 5-gallon homebrew setup in the brewery kitchen, but I’m about to get kicked out so that the kitchen can resume being “just a kitchen”. This means that I’m basically going to be unable to brew anything but our flagship beers, and while these ARE three of the best beers I’ve ever made, I’d really like to be able to offer a broader range. My dream is to someday offer amazing gluten-free versions of nearly every BJCP style, not just for my personal enjoyment but so my fellow gluten-intolerants can experience the full range of beer styles.

So we’ve launched a Kickstarter:

I’d like to draw your attention to a couple rewards that may be of interest to those of you with a bit of interest in turning pro yourselves. For $1500, we’ll invite you in to the brewery to brew a 1/2-bbl batch of collaborative beer with us to be served in the taproom. This could be straight-up YOUR recipe, I call it “collaborative” because some potential backers may not have the brewing experience to put together a recipe of their own. But anyway, that brew session also includes a tour of the brewery and all the Q&A you could want, as well as all the rewards below it (a 64-oz stainless insulated growler, 4 pint glasses, 4 coasters, a poster of our can art, and an instrumental song composed for you by me!).

But it gets better. For $5000, we’ll take that taproom beer, refine it, and brew it on the 15 bbl system as a limited-release beer that will actually be sold, AND we’ll put your name on the label as “Co-Brewer”. If you’re in Washington or can make it to Seattle for the brew day, you can actually participate in the brewing of it. So you actually get two brew-days with us, one in the lab that you helped fund, one on the brew deck.

For those trying to turn pro, let me tell you that a bank will look at your SBA application a little more favorably if you can tell them that you co-brewed a commercial beer and have the labels to prove it. Heck, I’ll even write you a letter of recommendation.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to be able to share a pint with all of y’all in my taproom soon!”

So once again, go to the kickstarter page and support him!

Review: Black Jack Pershing

This past weekend I made it to my old hometown and was able to spend a great time with family and friends. I was also able to bring a 6 pack of my Black Jack Pershing to my brother-in-law who helped me brew it.


This is an interesting beer. I’d never used Mt. Hood hops before and I don’t know if it was my addition choice or what but I will say this: this beer is bitter and will punch you in the face even when you’re ready for it. I actually would say this is more bitter than my all Columbus hop beer, Silver Bullet IPA.

Overall, I really like this beer/cider. It is delicious, has a very complex flavor and is hard to describe but goes down pretty easy.

I told my brother-in-law (henceforth Mr. Bourbon) it reminded me of a sour apple. He agreed, it has an odd flavor profile like an ESB but then suddenly there is a mouthful of apple flavor and it seems like a granny smith. Mr. Bourbon is not on a gluten free diet but loved the beer so I take that as a sign that yes, this one like many other gf beers, is a legit contender.

If you are interested in something that is bitter but apple-ly, I’d recommend you make this brew!

A cornucopia of updates!

It has been a while since I updated anyone on anything so here ya go.

The Drunken Emu Hard cider is gone. It turned out pretty good but I have other cider recipes I prefer far more and wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. Oh well, that is part of the process.

The Dry-Hopped Cider is gone. Hallertau was an okay hop. I know how much I enjoy cascade hops but in the spirit of exploration, next time I will try centennial hops.

The Transfiguration IPA is nearly gone. I really enjoyed this brew. I like IPAs and I think IPAs are the easiest beer to brew in the gluten free style. The malt isn’t what matters; the hop is and in this beer man do the hops stand out and taste delicious!

The 1st Date Dunkel 2.0 is nearly gone as well. It is still a popular drink with “regular” beer drinkers. I will definitely make it again but I will most definitely not use oak chips again.


Palmerston’s Solution is starting to mature and tasting better every time I sample it. My only fear is I have given too much of it away. How is that for selfishness? As Paul said, “Oh wretched man that I am!”

Black Jack Pershing is bubbling away as happy as a clam. I forgot to sample this one so I have no idea what it tastes like! I’m rethinking my classification of this, I think it may be more along the lines of a graff. Whatever.

Finally, my Fall Harvest Mind Crusher is….forgotten. I need to work harder at being intentional with my meads. It is still in the jug. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll bottle this when I bottle the Black Jack.


Now on to my book shelf…

I am still working through D.A. Carson’s Call to Spiritual Reformation. I like it so much I’m thinking about starting over and taking better notes! I cannot recommend this one enough to someone who values prayer.

I am nearly finished with Andrew Murray’s Abide in Christ. It is an odd mixture of Arminianism and South African (Dutch) Reformed Calvinism but it has its merits.

I finished James S.A. Corey’s Abaddon’s Gate and it was awesome! I’m excited for the sequel which will be released in a few days.

I read Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger in the hopes that I might have found something to satisfy the void that Lois McMaster’s Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga left. While the book had its good points and I will definitely read the next one…the main protagonist is no Mile’s Vorkosigan. But then again…who is? <sigh>

I am about 1/3 of the way through The Presbyterian Conflict by Edwin Rian. I feel a bit like Dr. Zoidberg, “Fellas, fellas…why didn’t anybody tell me about this stuff?” The Auburn Affirmation really explains why the PC(USA) (and other mainline Reformed denominations) are where they are theologically. Oh well. Praying the Lord opens a door to a more, eh hem, Orthodox denomination.

I put aside Jame’s Jordan’s commentary on Judges. I didn’t do that because it was bad–it was excellent. But mainly because I have some pressing subjects¬†(see the book immediately above) which I need to master ASAP.


I think that is it for updates.