Author Archives: Mike Killelea

Tales of Trails, Biking, and Beer

As the Division Manager for Briess Malt & Ingredients for the East, I would say my job involves about 40% travel. Of course, that was pre-pandemic. Now, I’m home a lot more than I ever anticipated. Until recently, it hasn’t really even been safe to go out and about … [More]

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Craft Brewers Conference Beers That Never Were

It seems so long ago that we were planning for the Craft Brewers Conference in San Antonio. I think our biggest concern was making sure that all the collaboration beers that we brewed for the conference got to the distributor in Austin by a certain date. But these are strange and unprecedented … [More]

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Boston Beer Collaboration with New Malt Sneak Peeks

Lauter Tun

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Sam Adams brewery in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Back when I was a fledgling homebrewer living in Boston, the homebrew club that I was a part of (shout out to the Boston Wort Processors!) had an annual meeting there. The … [More]

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On the Road in Pittsburgh and New Hampshire

I’m a big fan of the Master Brewers Association of America, better known as MBAA. I really enjoy attending meetings, as I always feel like I learn something new. Whether it’s the actual presentation, socializing with brewers and other suppliers, or touring the brewery where the meeting is … [More]

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American Malting Barley Association

Test Plots at the AMBA

In my ten years of professional brewing, I gave little thought to barley varieties.  I ordered the malts that I was familiar with and was happy when they arrived at my brewery in good shape. I had little awareness of anything that went into selecting malting … [More]

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