7:30 a.m., Sept. 10)
home-based craft brewers produce award-winning beer
By Fred Sherwin
home-based craft brewer Chad Edmunds shows
off his latest batch of suds he brewed in
his garage. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the brotherhood of home-based craft brewers, a group of
local braumeisters are quickly gaining a reputation for
brewing some of the best beer in Canada, and they have
the hardware to prove it.
DwEEBs, as they affectionately call themselves, are a
close knit group of about 40 Orléans residents
who recently won five gold medals at the National Capital
Craft Beer Festival competing against craft brewers from
across the country. One of their brews, a collaboration
brew between Marc Plante and Justin MacNeill. also finished
second for Best in Show.
is short for Drinking with East End Brewers, a clever
acronym for a group that takes their craft extremely seriously.
Edmunds, joined the DwEEBS 10 months ago. He found out
about the group totally by chance.
was cold as hell and I got on my bus just down the road
from another guy. I usually keep to myself when I'm on
the bus but this guy had a book on the seat beside him
about making steam beer. So I struck up a conversation
with him and he told me about this larger group in Ottawa
that gets together every once in awhile, and I could find
them on the Internet," recalls Edmunds. "I
found out about the larger group and then I found out
about the DwEEBS and so I joined up with them."
the DwEEBS common bound is brewing delicious craft beer,
they have become close friends aside from brewing beer.
meet at each others' houses all the time. If I ever need
anything I just call them up, or post a question on our
blog and I'll get an answer. And when we do get together
to discuss brewing everyone is really open to giving and
taking advice. People who brew their own beer are the
best people in the world," says Edmunds, who grabbed
a third place medal for a Belgian Golden Strong Ale
only takes two or three hundred dollars to get started
making craft beer. You can buy the equipment at most brew
your own stores like Defalco and you can brew in either
five or 10 gallon batches which makes 40 or 80 pints of
wine-making is more about the grape, beer-making is more
about the process. The craft brewer has far more influence
on the end product where as a wine-maker cannot change
the grape. The better a brewer is at controlling temperature,
volume, freshness and time, the more control the brewer
has over the finished product and the more the brewer's
personality shows up in the end product.
still considers his first brew to be his best and he's
been on a personal quest to try and match it.
best beer I ever made was the first beer I ever made and
I've been trying to match it ever since. I've tried five
times so far and I've come close, but I haven't matched
it yet," says Edmunds. "It's a real craft.
It's not an art, although there's some art to it, and
it's not a pure science although there's some science
to it. Brewing great tasting beer is a craft."
DwEEBS are all about encouraging more people to brew beer,
because as Edmunds says, the more people brew their own
beer, the better beer will be in the world.
is the greatest hobby in the world. You get to brew beer
from scratch and you get to drink it too. What's better
better than that, indeed.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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