The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch

Shelf Talker by | Jan 2017 | Issue #120

The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch
by Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, and Ryan Tockstein
Countryman Press | September 2016, $22.95

The founders of Scratch Brewing spent most of 2015 experimenting with bark. Toasting it, boiling it, and at times, accidentally burning it, yielded limitless joy for the Illinois trio. With a 2-barrel brewhouse tucked into a cabin in the woods, Scratch saw no reason to join the hops arms race when there was perfectly good dandelion growing outside their door. Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, and Ryan Tockstein share their successes in this guidebook to homebrewing with foraged ingredients. From caramelized tubers to fermented acorns, the authors reveal the possibilities hiding in plain sight in your backyard or at the farmers market. Ingredients are grouped by season, and readers learn how to harvest and brew with each one. The Scratch founders fine-tuned these recipes—like Carrot Ginger Saison and Chocolate Mint Stout—to perfectly showcase each plant. Kleidon’s stunning photography makes this book a high-end addition to your homebrew library.