Clive’s Beer Blog – DIY Beer Brewing


Why call it a macrobrewery? Large commercial breweries give their annual production figures in millions of hectolitres, microbreweries probably talk in thousands and I don’t quite manage 4 hectolitres or 90 gallons per year. But that serves me and the immediate family and friends.

Clive’s Beer blog – January-No. 1


I’m going to tell you how to become a lockdown brewer, with a small space at your disposal and a hardware or DIY store in your town.

Know Someone Who Loves Beer? – Brew a Perfect Christmas Present


For the unique Christmas present, brew them a unique beer. Fully revised, no more soggy pages and a fraction of the price of the old paper version from 1990.

Farrenbacher Weissbier


A blast from the past – Baltimore 1995 – AHA annual bash. I was the principle speaker on the history of brewing. The handwritten copy of my talk is languishing in a filing box somewhere and I am not going to seek it out, so if you were there, Baltimore – June 14th 1995, andContinue reading “Farrenbacher Weissbier”

Homebrew Spin-off


Glasses in Berlin You think you brew for the delight of that first taste of a special beer. That’s how it all starts, but 20 years later I discovered historic beer glasses, each with its own story to tell. Today’s collection was a morning’s work in the Frankfurter Allee in the old east Berlin. Locally,Continue reading “Homebrew Spin-off”

Beer, Wine – Woodruff and Maibowle


Waiting for Woodruff Maibowle is a German speciality, once common in the UK, too. With that heritage, it must be (or once have been) present in the US.  I pick woodruff in April and tie it in bundles, which are hung in a shady space to dry. As they dry, they give off an adorableContinue reading “Beer, Wine – Woodruff and Maibowle”

No more soggy pages – Pale Ales


Brewing Pale Ales according to historical principles, is a breeze for the craft-brewer. It’s even easier now. These remarkable gyles from the time of the greatest beers ever brewed, are now available, reduced to 5 gallon amounts with all parameters in metric, US and Imperial dimensions. The sample pages below, are screen shots from KindleContinue reading “No more soggy pages – Pale Ales”