Rob McFerren: Home-brewed beer

Almost all professional brewers at one time early in their careers brewed beer on a small scale in their homes. Brewing your own beer is

Rob McFerren: Craft beer carbonation

Carbonation in craft beer is an important aspect and the level of carbonation can vary widely depending on the style of beer. The effects of

Rob McFerren: Craft beer cocktails

A trend that has taken off in the last few years, especially in the warmer weather, is the abundance of beer cocktails that are popping

Rob McFerren: Sour beers

Unlike modern brewing, which is done in a sterile environment to guard against the intrusion of wild yeast or bacteria, sour beers require some form

Rob McFerren: L.A. Beer Week 2019

Each year, the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild puts on an amazing week of craft beer events called L.A. Beer Week. This year, the week

The L.A. Unity Brew 2019

Every year about a month before Los Angeles Beer Week, members of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild get together to brew a collaboration brew

Rob McFerren: Craft beer containers

With so many craft breweries opening in the last few years there are numerous ways to take home fresh, independently produced hand-crafted beer. Most breweries,

Rob McFerren: The Saison experience

Saisons, or farmhouse ales, are a style of beer that almost became extinct. They were traditionally brewed at the beginning of winter for warmer-weather consumption

Rob McFerren: Can beer be healthy?

There have been a lot of studies over the years relating to the health benefits of consuming alcoholic beverages. Drinking wine has always seemed to

Rob McFerren: Tasting the malt

Craft Beer, in its’ simplistic form, includes barley malt, hops, water and yeast in the brewing process with each of these four ingredients playing a