Here’s the Story of Cryptobrewology…
You may have heard tales of Bigfoot…
"It was about 8 feet tall, covered with hair. And it stank!"
"It left 20 inch footprints across my front lawn!"
"It ate my dog!"
Eerie tales of large, hairy, ape-like creatures that may lurk in the big woods of the Pacific Northwest are perfect for a creepy night around the campfire, but Cryptobrewology.com is not really about those elusive monsters of the wilderness, unless you’re talking about big beers like Sierra Nevada’s famous Bigfoot Barley-Wine style Ale, or other brews named after mysterious creatures of legend and lore, like “Nessie” a red ale by Brewery Castle Eggenberg in Austria, or “Sasquatch Stout” brewed by Old Yale Brewing Co. Chilliwack, Canada.
Cryptobrewology was born in 2004 when two homebrewers were standing around boiling brew pot talking about those mysterious “monsters” and unknown creatures mentioned earlier, which happen to belong to a field of study known as “Cryptozoology.” We don’t necessarily believe in those things, but it’s a fun topic of conversation. Oh hell, let’s face it, monster stories are cool, and scare the bejesus out of us!
As the discussion shifted from Bigfoot the big, elusive, hair-covered creatures to Bigfoot the big barley-wine style ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, there was a moment of revelation. Frantically swallowing a gulp of his Cricket Hill American Ale, one of the brewers (okay, it was me) waved a finger in proclamation and sputtered, “Cryptobrewology! Cryptobrewology! A website dedicated to the largest and most elusive beers in the world!”
His fellow brewer friend smiled and remarked, “That’s a cool idea,” then, after a swig of his beer, said, “man this is good,” and tossed a handful of hops into the brew pot.
Why should there be such a connection between elusive hairy bipeds, mysterious monsters, and beer? Why not!? Some beers are just as monstrous and mysterious as their folkloric counterparts.
And so Cryptobrewology.com was born. While we do love creepy tales of mysterious monsters, we don’t always focus on elusive monster brews. We concentrate on the art of home brewing, and the appreciation of craft-brewed beers. Some beers may indeed be “BIG,” but if they’re covered with hair and stink, we’re not drinking them!
Cryptobrewology has grown to include brew pub and brewery reviews and profiles. To that end we’ve developed a video series called "Road Trips and Brew Pubs" which takes us around the nation, seeking out great brew pubs. Check out the show here at Cryptobrewology.com, YouTube.com, Vimeo.com, and Mevio.com.
Regards, and Happy Brewing!