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State of the Brewery: Part 2

January was a busy month for Ghostfish Brewing Company. It feels like a lot of things are happening all at once, and that we are really building momentum.

The biggest step forward has been in the real estate department. We took a look at several properties, and two of them leapt out as meeting our very particular needs; we are now negotiating through our realtor with the property owners and are optimistic that we will find our official home soon! Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Homebrewing: Basics

This is the first in a series of posts by our brewmaster, Igliashon Jones, on gluten-free homebrewing.

Like most brewers today, I started out homebrewing, and owe much of my current brewing knowledge to the homebrewing community–especially the gluten-free forum at homebrewtalk.com, where I still occasionally participate.  In the interest of giving back to the community that nurtured me, I intend to share a homebrew recipe every month until I run out of recipes to share.  These won’t be beers that are in production or development here at Ghostfish, since we are still a very, very young brewery and need to protect our “trade secrets” until we are firmly established.  However, they WILL be beers that I’ve brewed in the past and thoroughly enjoyed, and which I’m confident are better than almost any GF beer you can buy at the store.  Some of them will be familiar to anyone who’s followed my old blog, or my posts on homebrewtalk, but some of them have never been shared before.  All of them will be appropriate for novice homebrewers, and can be made with ingredients readily found at the larger online homebrew shops.  That means they will be extract-based, with the occasional addition of non-malted steeping grains.

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Why We Don’t “De-Glutenize”

Being a dedicated gluten-free brewery, we at Ghostfish tend to face a certain stigma. Simply put, many drinkers, brewers, and general beer aficionados tend to view anything brewed without barley as “not beer”, and many will dismiss out-of-hand a beer like ours without even trying it, simply because of the ingredients. It’s not helping our cause that there are now a few breweries putting out beer made from barley and claiming that it is safe for those with gluten intolerance. Never mind that neither the TTB nor the FDA allows them to explicitly make this claim on the packaging; these companies have found ways to skirt that through clever marketing and merchandising, and have led many consumers to believe that truly safe beer can be made from malted barley. This has led some people to wonder why we’re “mucking about” with exotic malted grains instead of jumping on the “de-glutenized” bandwagon. This post should lay such questions to rest.

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The Ghostfish Brewing Origin Story

The origins of Ghostfish Brewing Company are mysterious even to its founders. The circumstances that brought the three of them together seem to defy all odds, almost as if larger forces were manipulating events to bring them together at precisely this place and precisely this time. If things hadn’t gone just so, there might easily have been two lesser breweries, or no brewery at all. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Ghostfish Blog!

Today is a momentous event in Ghostfish history, as we are launching our website and taking our first major step forward into the public eye.  It’s been a lot of work to get this far, and there’s still so much to do before we can get our doors open, but we are definitely ready to invite you wonderful folks along with us as we begin our journey in earnest. Continue reading