Learn brewing secrets from Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson and homebrew expert Fritz Fernow on this week’s Fuhmentaboudit! Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett begin the show by sharing an interview they recently conducted with Matt Brynildson at the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Listen in to hear Matt talk about the evolution of Firestone Walker, and how the company became a favorite of beer nerds. Hear why Firestone Walker began aging, and how certain ingredients really accentuate the bitterness or malt qualities of beer! Fritz joins Chris and Mary in the studio to talk about brewing IPAs. Learn how Fritz blends different hops in order to create unique IPA flavors, and why such flavors are so hard to replicate. How does Fritz incorporate rye into his brews? Learn how to use hops during different states of the brewing process on this week’s Fuhmentaboudit! This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

“It’s hard not to fall in love with German pilsner brewing… The pilsner is a light beer that showcases hops; it’s not that different than an IPA.” [12:45] — Matt Brynildson on Fuhmentaboudit!

“I always tell people to be fearless (with hops)… at the dry hopping stage of the game, you can pretty much go crazy and use as much as you can handle.” [23:00] — Fritz Fernow on Fuhmentaboudit!