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Chris Creech

Chris Creech

A beer enthusiast who enjoys experiencing great beer while spreading the word about the art and science of brewing.

Chris is a beer nerd who enjoyes learning and teaching about beer and homebrewing. He is a Certified Cicerone, a Recognized BJCP Beer Judge, and an award-winning homebrewer.

Chris runs the popular homebrewing blog NC Homebrewing, and is a contributing author at NC Beer Magazine. He also teaches beer sensory evaluation training and prep classes for those studying for the Cicerone or BJCP exams. Check out his upcoming off-flavor and style history classes!

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How to Harvest Yeast from Beer for Homebrewing

It turns out you can acquire that unique Belgian strain used by your favorite brewery, even if there isn't a viable substitute at your local homebrew shop. Commercial breweries rely on yeast just like homebrewers do, and if they are bottle-conditioning their beers, there are likely some living yeast cells in the bottle, just waiting to ferment your next batch of beer. More

5 Great New North Carolina Beer Destinations

Until the passage of the "Pop the Cap" Initiative in 2005, it was illegal to sell beer above 6% ABV in the state of North Carolina. But now it can be hard to keep track of all of the new craft breweries popping up on the local beer map. Here's our list of the five best recently-opened breweries in North Carolina. More

Ask a Cicerone: What's the Best Affordable Beer?

Amen to the earlier comment about the Trader Joe's beer. You can get a 750mL of their Vintage Ale that comes out once a year and is brewed by Unibroue for $4.99. It ages fantastically, so pick some up for next year as well.

Show and Tell: Your Home Bar

What about those of us with home BEER bars? I've got a home-built bar with 4 taps of homebrew beer flowing at all times. And don't worry, there is a liquor cabinet in the left side for those who like the hard stuff. Check it out!

How to Harvest Yeast from Beer for Homebrewing

Vinny - good to hear! I make a yeast starter for *almost* every batch I brew, even if I have a smack pack, just to make sure there is a good amount of healthy active yeast. That, plus adding some oxygen when you pitch the yeast really help to get your fermentation started quickly and effectively.

How to Harvest Yeast from Beer for Homebrewing

That is a really good point. Just because the beer has been bottle conditioned doesn't mean that you can create a perfect clone based on this yeast. In addition to using champagne yeast, some Belgian beers are bottled with brettanomyces, and while all-brett beers can be fun, it can also be a surprise if it's not what you expected. So do a little research first, most breweries have some information about their bottle conditioning somewhere on the internet, or are happy to answer a request from a homebrewer.

5 Great New North Carolina Beer Destinations

Agreed - Trophy Brewing rocks! That's why we gave them a bit of a shout-out at the end of the article. But I already had included one Raleigh brewery, and I didn't want to be too RDU-biased!

5 Great New North Carolina Beer Destinations

Absolutely! I'm excited about the emerging beer scene in Boone. And App State is doing a great job in the field of fermentation science, spawning Ivory Tower Brewing as well.

5 Great New North Carolina Beer Destinations

Thanks everyone for the comments. As you have pointed out, there are TONS of great breweries in NC. Our list is just of 5 across the state that have recently opened. But one could spend weeks in NC just trying to stop at all of the awesome breweries in the state - and there are plenty more that will be opening soon. And I apologize for the miscommunication about Hi Wire - thanks for the correction!

5 Great New North Carolina Beer Destinations

Until the passage of the "Pop the Cap" Initiative in 2005, it was illegal to sell beer above 6% ABV in the state of North Carolina. But now it can be hard to keep track of all of the new craft breweries popping up on the local beer map. Here's our list of the five best recently-opened breweries in North Carolina. More