Skål 2!

Hi! I’m excited to have folks once again come to the Swedish American Museum on Thursday, June 16 to sample beers from all of the Nordic countries and learn a little about the history of Scandinavian beer, as well as

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Skål 2!

Hi! I’m excited to have folks once again come to the Swedish American Museum on Thursday, June 16 to sample beers from all of the Nordic countries and learn a little about the history of Scandinavian beer, as well as

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On Wunderkammer, Ole Worm, and Yeast Wreaths

It’s been awhile since I brewed a beer. Time, and space, seemed to always be getting in the way. Making beer has always calmed me; I like the ritual, the pace, the chemistry, the history, and the life it takes

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On Wunderkammer, Ole Worm, and Yeast Wreaths

It’s been awhile since I brewed a beer. Time, and space, seemed to always be getting in the way. Making beer has always calmed me; I like the ritual, the pace, the chemistry, the history, and the life it takes

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Winter Warmer: The Danish Art of Hygge in the Baltic Porter

This article was originally published on Winter 2015 issue of Mash Tun Journal. There’s a Danish way of living called hygge, a hard-to-translate-into-English concept the Danes adhere to in the colder, darker months (though, it can be a year-round philosophy).

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Winter Warmer: The Danish Art of Hygge in the Baltic Porter

This article was originally published on Winter 2015 issue of Mash Tun Journal. There’s a Danish way of living called hygge, a hard-to-translate-into-English concept the Danes adhere to in the colder, darker months (though, it can be a year-round philosophy).

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Firestone Walker Opal

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on August 21, 2015. The beauty, and the curse, of beer is that it’s not tied to time or place. Today, you can drink a porter made in New England, which is probably

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Firestone Walker Opal

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on August 21, 2015. The beauty, and the curse, of beer is that it’s not tied to time or place. Today, you can drink a porter made in New England, which is probably

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Brekeriet Brillant

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on June 12, 2015. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Midsommarfest in Andersonville, the North Side neighborhood that was once a cherry orchard settled by scores of Scandinavians in the early 20th

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Brekeriet Brillant

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on June 12, 2015. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Midsommarfest in Andersonville, the North Side neighborhood that was once a cherry orchard settled by scores of Scandinavians in the early 20th

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Lion Stout

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on July 10, 2015 Drinking bold stouts in July is a bit like running around outside in a swimsuit during the winter (at least in Chicago), but there are many good reasons stouts

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Lion Stout

This article was originally published on Chicagoist on July 10, 2015 Drinking bold stouts in July is a bit like running around outside in a swimsuit during the winter (at least in Chicago), but there are many good reasons stouts

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Nordic Beer Tasting at the 36th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival

Join me on Sunday, September 13 at Vasa Park in South Elgin for a Nordic beer tasting during the 36th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival! We’ll talk a little bit about the history of Nordic beer (starting with the Vikings, natch)

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Nordic Beer Tasting at the 36th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival

Join me on Sunday, September 13 at Vasa Park in South Elgin for a Nordic beer tasting during the 36th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival! We’ll talk a little bit about the history of Nordic beer (starting with the Vikings, natch)

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Skål!

In October 2014, I did a fun fundraiser for the Swedish American Museum to raise money for its Water Tower Fund. I presented some Swedish beer history, and then we sampled Swedish and other Nordic beers.  You can download the

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Skål!

In October 2014, I did a fun fundraiser for the Swedish American Museum to raise money for its Water Tower Fund. I presented some Swedish beer history, and then we sampled Swedish and other Nordic beers.  You can download the

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KVASS

Like the advent of beer, kvass came about as part of necessity—it was a way for Russian peasants to “cleanse” the stagnant water of bacteria. I talk about my kvass making with The Boozy Beggar. My friends Russ and Leah

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KVASS

Like the advent of beer, kvass came about as part of necessity—it was a way for Russian peasants to “cleanse” the stagnant water of bacteria. I talk about my kvass making with The Boozy Beggar. My friends Russ and Leah

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WUNDERKAMMER PORTFOLIO 2013

Danish Easter beer (spring) Wunderkammer Ole Worm PåskeBryg (A birch sap helles bock named after the Danish scientist credited with Wunderkammer) Japanese Bitter Melon Beer (spring/summer) Wunderkammer Loochoo Goya Japanese Rice Lager (Bitter melon “hops”; black pepper; citrus) Pu-erh Saison

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WUNDERKAMMER PORTFOLIO 2013

Danish Easter beer (spring) Wunderkammer Ole Worm PåskeBryg (A birch sap helles bock named after the Danish scientist credited with Wunderkammer) Japanese Bitter Melon Beer (spring/summer) Wunderkammer Loochoo Goya Japanese Rice Lager (Bitter melon “hops”; black pepper; citrus) Pu-erh Saison

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