The smug smirk I donned during a “Beards of Schlafly” calendar photo shoot.

So who/what is Homebrew Hooligans?

My name is Ryan, and I’m just your average dude who loves to brew beer.

More than a decade ago, I read Charlie Papazian’s “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing“, bought the obligatory “Ale Pale” homebrew equipment kit with a pre-packaged IPA recipe, and brewed my first beer.  I’ve been irretrievably obsessed ever since.

Since that first batch, I’ve brewed hundreds of gallons of beer, made hundreds of mistakes and had hundreds of great successes.  As a result of my experience, I’ve come to accept two universal laws about homebrewing:

  1. Brewing your own beer is objectively awesome.
  2. Anyone can brew great beer.

In 2011, I was lucky enough to start working for Schlafly Beer in St. Louis, MO.  It gave me a lot of great insight into the professional brewing world, and I’m grateful for the experience I had there.  I’ve since moved to Denver, to continue this career path; first, at Sleeping Giant Brewing, and I’m currently teaching brewing classes at Co-Brew.  I feel pretty fortunate to be in this industry, in one of the greatest beer cities in the country.

Throughout the course of this blog, I’ll be sharing my past and ongoing homebrew experiences.  I’m certainly no scientist, and my approach to homebrewing is far from anything that could be misconstrued as dogmatic.  I don’t have a fancy brewing degree from the Siebel Institute.  My beers have never won any prestigious medals.  I don’t take myself too seriously, and I promise to never bog you down with overly technical min/maxing type advice about brewing.  I intend to use this blog to demonstrate why brewing is fun (which it is), not to marvel at its infinite technical complexities (which it has).

Feel free to contact me.  I love to talk shop, answer questions, trade stories, and trade homebrew.


-Ryan G.

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