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About one year ago, in April 2017, I launched SpontaneousBeer.com. The goal of the website was to establish a dynamic, digital repository for American spontaneous beer production. The concept for SpontaneousBeer.com was the culmination of my admiration for Lambic.info’s detailed record of traditional Belgian lambic production and my love for American…(Read More)

With 2018 just hours away, I wanted to reserve some time to reflect on the incredible year that 2017 was for Third Leap Brewing & Blending. This year was highlighted by my relocation from Massachusetts to Idaho. The move physically impacted our homebrewery in many ways – from ceasing brewing operations for several months to temporarily…(Read More)

At Homebrew Con 2015, James Howatt of Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales presented a seminar on Wild and Spontaneous Fermentation. The seminar highlighted a variety of funky topics and was instrumental in educating homebrewers about proper coolship geometry. For those unfamiliar with the term, a coolship is a broad, shallow, open vessel used to…(Read More)

Troy Casey gave a detailed interview on The Sour Hour where he shed light on much of the old-world beer production methods and philosophies used at Casey Brewing and Blending. In the interview, Casey spoke in length about lack of fermentation temperature control, absence of traditional brewery equipment, use of open fermentors, diverse saison…(Read More)

Our spontaneous beer series continues. The second article features Jester King Brewery! Jester King brewed its first batch of spontaneous beer on February 26, 2013 but the spontaneous program has roots dating back to 2010. when founder Jeff Stuffings was performing small volume spontaneous inoculation experiments on the rooftop of the brewery. The experiments were…(Read More)

For the last several years, I have worked toward outlining the intentions of Third Leap Brewing & Blending. Over that time, these intentions have evolved from motto to mission statement to (finally) manifesto. The Third Leap Manifesto embodies where we began and what drives us forward. It is a daily reminder of the values we…(Read More)

The mountains are calling and I must go. Things have been quiet at Third Leap for the past several months, and for good reason. I am moving! I have been incredibly fortunate to call New England home for my entire life – from birth, through childhood, college, and even my career. Besides having served as a…(Read More)

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” My favorite season has finally arrived! Today marks the official beginning of autumn with the arrival of the autumnal equinox. And with the change in seasons comes change at Third Leap. I’m happy to introduce several modifications to the website! New Logo After half of decade of…(Read More)

“Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed,” once said King Henry VIII. Of course, 15th century England was at odds over traditional (un-hopped) “ale” and new (hopped) “beer” during King Henry’s reign. Fast-forward 450 years and India Pale Ale is the #1 craft beer style, totaling $342M. This tremendous demand has surged…(Read More)

Over the years, Third Leap Brewing & Blending has evolved quite a bit. In 2010, I started with two large spaghetti pots, an old Coleman cooler, and the kitchen stovetop. That lasted all of one batch. The first equipment upgrades came in the forms of an outdoor propane burner, 7-gallon pot, and immersion chiller…(Read More)

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