Drew Schmidt is master of the Van Dyck's Brewhouse. The kettle at left is where his grains are steeped and the beer is boiled; the kettle at right is where the grains are rinsed after the steep to extract maximum sugar from them.
Watery Bud Light may still be the most popular beer in America, but anyone who’s been to a bar or beverage center lately has to have noticed that craft beers are catching up, gaining more taps and shelf space. And with the proliferation of brewpubs and small craft brewers, there are more breweries in operation today than before the start of Prohibition.
Beer is back, with craft brewing leading the way. And home brewing is part of the trend, as more beer lovers are finding that making their own is as easy as following a recipe. The beer is as good as any you can buy, and once you’ve purchased the equipment, you can actually save a little money doing it.