Brew Biz: Werts and All


By Ken Carman

This edition’s review: Rebel Brewer

Looking for homebrewing supplies? With 90% of their business shipped out all over the world, you might want to try Rebel Brewer.

In a short while the Huntsville Malt Mashers will receive some Red Beavers. Yes, “Red Beavers.” These are brew kits from Rebel Brewer that they will use to compete with each other to see who can make those kits into the best beer. “Red Beaver” is a Rebel Brewer brand. The style: Red. They will be brewing Mississippi Red.

This, and Rebel Brewer, are the brainchild of Tom Gentry…
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An Interesting Guide to Exotic Beer

Quinoa beer?
"Quinoa" beer?

“There is a new beer from Japan that is brewed in Hokkaido. Itís quite unusual because it is a low-malt beer that uses milk. In fact, it might be something that U.S. milk producers should consider. Having too much leftover milk with no good way to use it, one Japanese farmer convinced a nearby brewery to make milk beer. It is appropriately called Bilk. Because a full one-third of the brew is milk, it uses a surplus that otherwise might be destroyed. The taste is fruity and said to complement sweet foods.”

“Champagne Lager is what could probably be called a hybrid. Thatís because it does the unthinkable and combines grapes and hops in the same beverage. The cross-beer has met with approval at beer festivals. In the United States it is distributed by the name Champagne Beer.”


The full story mentions beer made out of…


A species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a grass. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited.”

Quinoa link

Note: quinua seems to be a slight variant of the same plant… quinoa.