Cryptobrewology Then and Now
Cryptobrewology began with one idea then shifted to being a how-to website, and has spawned different side projects and ideas generally built around homebrewing, wine making, and other kitchen hobbies like cheese making, cooking with beer and the occasional Cindy recipe.
We have created a video series called "Road Trips and BrewPubs" in which — with our little travel trailer in-tow — we seek out cool towns, interesting things to do, and great breweries and pubs around the US and Canada. You can find the videos here at Cryptobrewology.com, or at the Cryptobrewology YouTube Channel.
The homebrewing angle has kind of faded, and I don’t see many how-to style articles in the future. But Road Trips and Brew Pubs has been revived and will continue as a beer-centric travel blog of sorts as my wife Cindy and I travel around seeking out brewventures far and wide.
The Original Story:
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!"
We love big beers, but if they’re covered with hair and stink we ain’t drinkin’ ’em!
Cryptobrewology (the First and Original) was born in 2004 (This is what we looked like back then) when two homebrewers were standing around a boiling brew pot talking about those mysterious “monsters” and unknown creatures, which happen to belong to a field of study known as “Cryptozoology.” We don’t necessarily believe in those things, but it was a fun topic of conversation that night.
As the discussion drifter from Bigfoot the elusive hairy manbeast to Bigfoot the less elusive Barley-Wine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, there was a moment of revelation. Frantically swallowing a gulp of his beer one of the brewers waved a finger 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, turned 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? It’s fun! Some beers are just as monstrous and mysterious as their folkloric counterparts, and breweries have been paying homage to these mythical creatures for decades, from Bigfoot to Nessie to Mothman.
And so Cryptobrewology.com was born. While we do love creepy tales of mysterious monsters we don’t focus on elusive monster brews so much anymore. We concentrate more on the appreciation of craft-brewed beers, and sometimes on making them ourselves.
Regards, and Happy Brewing!