Thursday, June 9, 2011

Krogh's event on Sunday

More from the homebrew front ...

Come Sunday, Krogh's will play host to a first-anniversary soiree for the Final Gravity podcast, a homebrewing and craft beer discussion that the Sussex County brewpub sponsors.

The event runs from about noon to 5 p.m., with Final Gravity's host Jayn Cummings anchoring the live, 90-minute podcast from the Tudor-style establishment's taproom; a homebrewing demonstration will be conducted outside on Krogh's patio by members of NJHOPZ, the homebrew club affiliated with Final Gravity.

There will also be a brewer from Krogh's on hand, and an invitation has been extened to one of the crew from River Horse Brewing in Lambertville to come up to Sparta and talk about beer.

Drawing some influence from the Brewing Network out of California, Final Gravity got rolling after Jay decided to put back into service the idled recording studio in the basement of his Belvidere home in Warren County.

"We thought it was kind of a no-brainer. We love talking about beer, so why not share our passion with other homebrewers?" he says.

The show is sometimes irreverent, sometimes bawdy, but always about beer: tasty craft brews that come into the region and homebrews that are of the crews' creation.

Now in its 12th year as a brewpub, Krogh's, as a bar, dates back to the late 1930s. As part of the New Jersey craft beer scene, the brewpub annually turns over its brewhouse to the winner of the State Fair homebrew competition, scaling up the victor's recipe for brewing on the pub's 5-barrel DME system and putting the finished beer on tap.

Jay says Krogh's owner Bob Fuchs is a big supporter of homebrewing.

"Bob is a great guy to work with," Jason says. "He's totally enthused about homebrewing and the ideas we've come up with and presented to him ... he's very enthusiastic about craft beer in general."

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