Welcome to the new series, Craft Chronicles! Monthly, we’ll be showcasing a Leader local brewery and their beer, so stay tuned for all the juicy details about my latest beer adventure. This month, we were thrilled to check out the brand new Before we dive in, let me introduce myself. My name is Landon Weiershausen and I am the owner of Farmboy Brew Shop. We sell everything you need to brew beer and make wine at home, as well as other fermentables like kombucha, kefir, and cheesemaking supplies. I have been a homebrewer for over eight years and our shop just celebrated its two year anniversary in October. So, yeah, I literally live and breathe beer, both making and tasting the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Speaking of good beer, if you haven’t gone to check out Holler Brewing Co. then shame on you! Across from Sawyer Yards they have created an awesome venue to hang out and enjoy some amazing locally crafted beers. With massive windows to view the brewing operations and hop shaped light fixtures pulling me in, I quickly grabbed a bar stool and selected six different beers – well five beers and some kombucha because I just couldn’t say no. While all the beers were well made, the Barleywine was the standout for me. Rolling in at 8.3% alcohol, it had a fresh hop aroma which screamed American Barleywine, with a pleasing nuance of dried fruit. The color is a beautiful sunset, reddish-orange transitioning to a lighter, golden hue at the edge. Taking a quick swig, a rush of citrus and grapefruit hop notes, with a backend of maltiness and raisins hit the pallet. The finish is long, with swirling malt notes and an expertly balanced bitterness. John Holler, the Head Brewer, let slip that he used an English yeast for fermentation and lagered the finished product for a month before releasing it to the public. Get it while it lasts.
Holler at Landon at firstname.lastname@example.org