I've been a beer enthusiast for a long time now, and appreciate good food and drink in general. However, in early 2008 I finally decided to take the plunge into homebrewing my own beer, and have been addicted ever since. I attended the Siebel Institute and received the World Brewing Academy International Diploma in 2010, in preparation for a career in the brewing industry. I spent a year living in Denmark to work as head brewer for Søgaards Bryghus in the city of Aalborg, before returning to Chicago and spending two years as a shift brewer at Goose Island. I helped start up the new Lagunitas Chicago brewery in 2013, and have been working there ever since. Below are some of my homebrew creations. Meanwhile, you can see what I'm doing professionally on my blog, at http://ubikbrewing.blogspot.com.

Highbrau Brewing Co.

Highbrau Brewing

Not a real brewing company per se, this is the name under which I release my homebrewed beer. My love for beer mirrors my love for literature: A great deal of reverence for the classics, but a keen interest in innovation and the eccentric. I try to balance my brewing between interpretations of traditional styles, and wild brainstorms and experimentations. One beer I'll brew to the specifications of a traditional German lager, the next I'll brew something with bizarre ingredients and processes. High quality, good taste and a unique experience are all things I want people to find in my beer. Highbrau's beers are named in reference and dedication to my biggest literary influences (with a few exceptions here and there, of course).
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