Beer Maverick

Top 10 Breweries in Pittsburgh, PA in 2023

This article was originally written back in 2020 and only focused on breweries that had hazy New England IPAs. Today we revisit this old post and focus more on the overall quality of beer. I’m...

USDA Releases 2022 Hop Planting Report

On June 10th, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) released their annual report on hop acres planted. The report shows hop acreage decreased by 1.6% in 2022...

Which Size Brew Kettle Should You Get?

Correctly sizing a brew kettle can be a bit confusing for those doing traditional all grain or BIAB brewing. Typically, home brewers will start small – either with a kit or with second-hand equipment. Once home brewing...

Beer Volume Conversions

Beer gives delivered to us in all different shapes and sizes. From kegs to bottles to cans, there seems to be an unlimited array of beer containers. We’ve decided to create a handy chart to help convert some of...

5 Best Types of Hop Spiders Available

A hop spider has become one of my most indispensable home brewing products. I use it for every home brew, and it has more than paid for itself in ease of cleanup time and wort savings. What is a Hop Spider? A hop spider...