I first met Fred Eckhardt as a fledgling homebrewer back in the early ’70s through his book “A Treatise on Lager Beers.” Fred’s was one of the first books focusing on the small-scale brewing of quality beer, and a major influence on my brewing.
Years later, during our 30th Anniversary celebration, I had the opportunity to brew with him, and we really got to know each other in a different way.
Fred was such a vocal and influential advocate for craft beer from its earliest days. He had impeccable taste and integrity, and his honest and plainspoken evaluation... Read More
August 12, 2015 – 1:21pm
The anatomy of a can might seem pretty basic, but every single Pale Ale can was once part of a 25,000-pound roll of aluminum—a true behemoth.
When we first considered putting Pale Ale in cans, our founder, Ken Grossman, visited Ball Corporation with a healthy dose of skepticism and an obsession with quality to see the process for himself. He knew they were leaders in canning technology, but needed to ensure they were a good fit for us. Now, our 12- and 16-ounce Pale Ale cans come to life at a Ball Corporation facility in nearby... Read More
January 14, 2014 – 8:25am
Ken Grossman has a knack for flavor and aroma, but before he put that gift toward beer, he built stink bombs that drove his entire junior high school outside gasping for air.
His creativity was misguided at times, sure, but Ken simply has an engineering mind that’s been on overdrive since childhood. (Scratch that—since infancy; he was unfortunately enamored with electrical outlets while still in... Read More
August 19, 2013 – 10:01am