Brew Genius: Brew club beginnings in Vail
VAIL, Colorado Below is a Q&A between the Vail Daily and Bill Phillips, a local home brewer.
Vail Daily: Evolution of a brewer: From a style and/or technique standpoint, where did you start? Where are you now? Bill Phillips: I brew several different styles of beer, generally ones I like to drink the most (India pale ales). I also brew quite a few different fruit meads (honey wine). Right now I brew mostly malt extract with steeping grain beers, but plan to expand into all-grain brewing soon.VD: Do you brew alone or with others? Why?BP: All of my brewing right now is done out of my home, but I hope to start brewing with others as we develop a brew club in the valley.VD: How many beers do you have cellaring at any given time? BP: I cellar a large selection of commercial beers as well as five of my own. I have well over 100 beers at this time.VD: Do you brew enough to drink your own beer all year long?BP: At this time I am only brewing about five to six batches a year, which is not enough to keep me in beer so I supplement with commercial beers.VD: What is your favorite commercially produced beer? BP: My favorite commercially produced beer is Averys Maharaja, but there are so many great breweries making a plethora of tasty beers.VD: What is your ultimate beer and food pairing? BP: Crme Brule and raspberry lambic (framboise) or a big T-bone (steak) with raspberry lambic (framboise).VD: What is your favorite beer quote or motto? BP: Great minds drink alike.VD: Why is beer wonderful? BP: There are so many different types of beer, one for whatever mood you are in. All of them will make you feel better than you did before you drank it!VD: If you couldnt drink beer, what would you drink?BP: Bourbon.VD: Are you worried about the hops shortage? Has it affected you? BP: I am not too worried about the hop shortage. … I grow three different varieties myself and have a friend who grows four other varieties.VD: What beer did you try for the first time recently that you really liked and why? BP: Russian Rivers Pliny the Elder.Brew Genius, a new weekly feature, profiles some of the homebrewers competing at this year Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywine Festival, which takes place Jan. 8-10 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. For more information on the event, visit http://www.bigbeersfestival.com or call High Point Brewing at 970-524-1092.