Peter’s Blog, June 28th
So, what struck me, and I think our whole Pizza Quest crew, was how much thought goes into the creation of these “new generation” artisan brewskies. I know there are dozens of similar artisan breweries and brewmeisters all over the country, playing with these same skills and crafting never before seen beers, as well as excellent renditions of classics that follow time-honored methods. Sometimes they fail, sometimes the beer gets thrown out before anyone outside the brewery knew it was ever made. But every once in a while something magical happens and a strange, whimsical concoction emerges made of grains, flowers, herbs, maybe some spices, a whole slew of micro-organisms digesting sugars and burping out carbon dioxide and sweating out alcohol and flavor esters.I don’t drink a lot of beer but I’m beginning to develop a taste for it as I experience this new generation liquid bread. I’m really looking forward to sampling some of the award winners at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver at the end of September, where we’ll unveil our Pizza Quest Challenge Pizza along with the Bruery’s new matching Pizza Quest beer. But I also can’t wait to discover how other creative beer makers approach this delicate art and craft of blending and brewing their fanciful malted grains and crazy hops and spices, gathered from around the world. I think it will not only be fun but will also make me a better bread baker and, who knows, maybe even a better pizza maker. After all, we’re on a pizza quest, not a beer quest, but hey, it’s all connected and, let’s face it, a quest is a quest is a quest.
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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.
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