Crafty change for beer tastes as small brewers grow lager by the day
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Drinkers are enjoying a wider choice of beers than ever.
More home-brewers than ever are finding career paths in the beer industry alongside the professionals, an expert says.Home-brewers are gathering in Adelaide this week for one of Australia’s biggest beer conferences, which will also see brewers from around the world involved in discussion panels, tastings and beer-making sessions.Conference chief executive Andrew Davison said home-brewers were sometimes able to turn their hobby into a full-time career.”More than ever we are seeing home-brewers make that transition into professional brewing. The ingredients home-brewers have available to them are sometimes even more varied and higher quality than what the professional brewers themselves can get.”The changing industry was evident when drinkers checked the shelves at their local bottle shop, Mr Davison said.”You’ve just got to go down to the bottle shop and look at the range of beers available,” he said.”We used to have a selection of a small handful with very little to distinguish them, now you have a massive and complex array of different styles of beer available to the public.”The conference organisers said their event was aimed at encouraging even more people to develop their beer-making skills, and the keys to success were controlling the temperature of the brew and having plenty of patience. In Victoria alone we’ve had a massive rise in the number of craft breweries that have been founded by home-brewers,” he said.”Here in Adelaide it’s the same, there are a lot of home-brewers growing up to become professional brewers.”Mr Davison said the trend was giving beer lovers a much wider choice of brews.”The sort of beer your uncle used to make and put under the house and used to explode in bottles, it just doesn’t happen anymore,” he said.”There is a lot more information about how to brew properly.
October 12, 2016 12:36:47