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Brewing: Award-Winning Beer Quality with Jonathan Reeves

Northern Virginia’s Port City Brewing has been a perennial GABF medal-winner since its founding a decade ago. In this video course, Jonathan Reeves shares his top-to-bottom approach to ensuring technical excellence in the brewing program.

Jonathan Reeves Feb 10, 2021 - 2 min read

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With Jonathan Reeves at the helm of its brewing program, Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Virginia, established a record as one of the most consistent winners at the Great American Beer Festival, earning 12 medals over an eight-year span, plus Small Brewing Company of the Year in 2015, besides various international honors.

In this 52-minute video course, available to All Access subscribers, Reeves shares his top-to-bottom approach to ensuring technical excellence, from his overarching philosophy down to Port City’s data- and details-oriented methods. Among the topics that Reeves covers:

  • The importance of quality ingredients and equipment
  • Learning from the brewers who came before us
  • Establishing bulletproof SOPs and brewery protocols
  • Identifying data points for measuring and fine-tuning
  • Monitoring dissolved oxygen throughout the process
  • Airtight beer transfer and packaging
  • Keeping a beer library to monitor freshness and stability

And more, from Kunze to Frederick the Mouse.

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