Author Archives: Carlos Arellano

volunteers: real american beer-oes featuring jason freed

By Carlos Arellano

You know those folks who poured you a fresh beer at your favorite brewery last weekend? Chances are they were probably volunteering that day. Heck, they probably started out as volunteers and got lucky enough to land a full time gig. Some of your favorite beers have been brewed by hard working people who started volunteering at the brewery and moved on up to that dream job. But, is it really a dream job? Most people don’t realize how much hard work goes into making the beverage we hold dear to our hearts. If you’re interested in working at a brewery this series of interviews might encourage you… or make you think twice about taking the difficult challenge. We talked to some of Austin’s finest breweries searching for folks who took this path and tried to shed some light on these real American Heroes Beer-oes.

Rich Homie Jason Freed

Beer Barron Jason Freed of Hops & Grain Brewing (Photograph by Tyler Malone, The Second Shooter)

First up in this series is a dear friend of ours, Jason Freed from Hops & Grain Brewing. If you’ve ever been to the H&G taproom, you’ve probably seen or talked to him. If you haven’t been, what the heck is wrong with you!? Go this weekend and say hi to some of our pals. Jason will be the dude walking around in the Nascar-style H&G hat, waterproof boots and drenched shirt. He’s probably been there that day since before you woke up. Although, to be fair, that describes most of the H&G staff. Let’s get to it!

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follow up: triple ipa

Can someone explain to me what a Double IPA is?

I wanted follow up on Daniel’s post about Triple IPAs. Most of us have heard of them, some of us have tried them. I agree that giving that style of beer that type of name is a bit silly, even gimmicky.

What I’m concerned about, though, is the confusion about Double IPAs. I’d say that 99% of you have at least tried a DIPA, but what does that name truly mean? I thought I was pretty darn certain until I found myself stuck in Denver for an extra day last February. Secretly excited that I had to spend another day in Colorado, I wandered into one of my favorite joints in the city, Falling Rock Taphouse. I sat down and ordered whatever Funkwerks was on at the time and started perusing their beer menu. Something caught my eye while I was sipping my beverage. Some sort of beer styles definition list on the back of their beer menu…

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