How to Brew B’Austin Ale

We unveiled our final Crowd Craft Project brew – B’Austin Ale – at Guy Kawasaki’s Girl + Guy party in Austin, Texas on March 10th. Thanks to everyone who helped create this crowd sourced beer.  The final beer is an amber ale with a slightly hazy appearance, medium body and mouth feel. The beer is rounded out with a spicy hop aroma, notes of toffee and a smooth, yet spicy finish.

Guy and Bert enjoy a B'Austin Ale at SxSW

As this beer was truly created by the people, it should also be for the people so we’re making the recipe available to everyone here.

Samuel Adams B’Austin Ale Homebrew Recipe

Batch Size: 5 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.052 (This is the initial amount of sugar in the wort)
Final Gravity: 1.0137 (This is the amount of sugar left over after fermentation, and is a good indicator of what the body of the brew will be like—B’Austin Ale has a medium body). Read More

A Collective Brew with Inspiration BY You

As brewers, we each have different things that inspire us, but I think the process is the same for most.  Jim even touched on it in a recent interview with NECN.  We think about different aspects of a great beer, we envision what it would taste like, and then we make it happen.

There are a few other things I know to be true.

First, drinking beer is social and brewing beer is social.  Whether I’m at work or out with friends, I’m always talking about the qualities of beer I like best (and the ones I don’t) no matter where I am, what I’m tasting or who I’m with.

Second, everyone’s tastes and beer preferences are different. I like the intense hop flavor in Noble Pils, Jim’s favorite is a perfectly-balanced Boston Lager, others like our strong, smoky scotch ale, Wee Heavy. It’s OK to have a favorite style.  We’ll agree to disagree. Read More