True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries Changing the World of Craft Beer

Shelf Talker by | Apr 2017 | Issue #123

True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries Changing the World of Craft Beer
By Timothy Sprinkle
Skyhorse Publishing | August 2016, $16.99

It’s hard not to romanticize the idea of a nanobrewery—a brewery on every corner, offering experimental styles brewed with local ingredients, all while the dedicated hobbyist behind the operation makes a few extra bucks doing what they love. But as Timothy Sprinkle proves, the reality of nanobrewing is more complicated. Sprinkle offers a nuanced perspective on this narrow but growing segment. He takes us behind the scenes of Colorado nanobreweries like Fiction Beer Company, where Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick monitor their Sauvignon Blanc-infused kiwi ale with pricey software and sensors, some actually donated by nearby brewery Station 26. Meanwhile, the co-founders of Baere Brewing Company, a nano situated in a strip mall, hold down full-time jobs, while struggling to control temperatures thanks to their next-door neighbor—a laundromat. Whether nanos are doomed or not, Sprinkle has us rooting for them. And not just because a hatch chile-infused Porter from Grandma’s House sounds delicious. 

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