Not every beer drinker decides to venture into brewing their own beer, but homebrewing has consistently been a part of the craft beer community. In the past, it allowed drinkers access to styles and taste profiles not available to them. Today, beer drinkers can become more informed about the process and thus the product on which they spend money. Because of the hobby’s place within the industry, Kentucky Growler believes the homebrewers in our Commonwealth deserve a spotlight.
Homebrewer Spolight has returned to present Ben Shelton.
Treasurer of the Brewers of Central Kentucky (B.O.C.K.) homebrew club Ben Shelton has been brewing for eight years since his first Blue Moon clone. Now, Ben says he’s still sticking with ales but also has an interest in unique ingredients and historical styles. He recently brewed a difficult cereal mash Kentucky Common with two other BOCK members.
When asked about homebrew advice, Ben said the best advice he received was joining a homebrew club because he has learned the most about brewing and had more fun since joining his homebrew club. His perfect brewday also included having his fellow brewers and friends around. Earlier this year, Ben was a part of the winning team for the B.O.C.K exclusive Iron Mash competition.
Outside of brewing, Ben grows his own garden and loves to cook. He also mentioned sharpening his own knives but it is unclear if he uses those for cutting garden vegetables or his martial arts training which he also listed as a hobby.
In the future, Ben will continue to work hard with his all manual five gallon brewhouse and has his sights set on doing more traditional styles like an all-oat Kuyt, beers with uncommon and local ingredients, and Belgian beers.
Kentucky Growler will periodically feature homebrewer profiles. If you wish to tell us about your journey in brewing, please send an email to Patrick@KentuckyGrowler.com with the subject “Homebrewer Spotlight.”