What’s On Tap: Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co.
Mitch Steele is the brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co. Since graduating from UC Davis in 1984 with a fermentation science degree, he has brewed at some of the largest and smallest breweries in the world. After starting on a 14 bbl system at the San Andreas Brewing Co. in California, Mitch joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992, managing brewhouse and fermenting operations in three breweries, and managing new beer development as part of Anheuser-Busch Specialty Brewing group in the mid-1990s. An active homebrewer during his time with Anheuser-Busch, Mitch joined Stone Brewing Co. in 2006 and has overseen the brewing and packaging operations at Stone as the brewery has grown from a 48,000 bbl operation to 212,000 bbls in 2012. Mitch is an avid IPA fan, and is also the author of the Brewers Publications book, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.
We asked Mitch if he had to choose just one beer what would it be?
Draft Pick(s) of the Week:
Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
STYLE: Sour – Read More
TASTE: Mildy tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish.
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Ain’t We Got Style: Read more about Flanders Red Ale!
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