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.
Our first Homebrewer Spotlight is on Shawn Gipson.
A professional in financial analysis, amateur powerlifter, and homebrewer, Shawn is a member of Brewers of Central Kentucky who has experienced recent success with his batches of beer. His Belgian pale ale came in second in the 2017 Iron Mash competition, an annual competition for the members of his homebrew club. Shawn says this was one of his proudest moments in brewing.
Shawn has been brewing for nearly seven years. He started in 2011 in his Lexington apartment with an extract like many homebrewers. His first beer was a wheat ale to which he boldly added cherry juice. Since then, he has brewed different styles but focused on porters and English pale ales. Lately, he has been brewing all-grain six-gallon batches.
He still has the motivation to experiment with his brews. Shawn came in second in another local competition with a witbier which featured passionfruit, coriander, and lime. He hopes to experiment with fermentation temperature, lagering, and kettle souring in the near future as well.
As a beer drinker, Shawn enjoys porters and sours and said: “I will always chase a commercial porter.” When he is not at work, gym, or at home cooking for his wife, Shawn can usually be found at the bar of your favorite Lexington brewery.
When asked about the best homebrewing advice he has been given, Gipson wished to pass on the wisdom of “don’t start drinking before the boil.” He credited fellow BOCK member Chris Vandergrift for those words.
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.”