On today’s episode I sit down with Joe from HomeGrown Brewing Company out of Oxford, MI. John and Marie Powers have spent the last year renovating the former Veterans Memorial Civic Center in downtown Oxford. Homegrown Brewing will showcase 6 flagships beers which include Cream Ale, a Belgian Wheat, an Australian-hopped IPA, a nutty Brown, a rich Stout, and an original style that John’s coined a “Whamber” (a combination of Amber Ale and Wheat styles). The brewery is a family business through and through. John and Marie will keep a hands-on approach, with John Brew Master and Marie as the Interior Designer, while their children also bring their skills to the brewing endeavor. Their son Joe returned from Australia to work as Brewer and Production Manager, his wife Kate assists as Media Liaison, Jeff Powers overseas Brand Design and the front-of-house as General Manager, and the youngest sibling Katie Powers leads the Social Media program.
I sat down with Joe, who was nice enough to give me some time day during brew their day to get a inside look at HomeGrown Brewing Company.
Before we get to the interview lets take a look at this weeks Slurred Word Six Pack of the Week
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This weeks pick is a N.E. IPA from Old Nation Brewing Co. called M-43. M-43 is the first release in Old Nation’s “New Orthodox” IPA series. It is designed to accentuate the deep and complex character from the combination of Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. This beer has a big citrusy/tropical aroma and flavor with notes of Pineapple, Mango, and Grapefruit. The hop bitterness is not particularly intense, which lends itself to a very drinkable, juicy IPA. The beer has a very destinctive haze not from the yeast, but rather from an interplay of lipids from the malted oat and oils and acids which naturally occur in the hand selected Dry hops.
The Slurred Words Six Pack of the week is sponsored by 9 & Hilton Market, located at the corner of 9 Mile Rd and Hilton Rd in Ferndale MI. With a great selection of craft beer, wine, and spirits you are for sure to find something to enjoy. So head on down to 9 & Hilton Market and tell them Bill sent you.
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Now lets get to Joe from Homegrown Brewing Company in Oxford, MI