The Greatest Beer Destinations in the U.S.

This edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops hits the high points of the American beer scene. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. This issue I am going to talk about some of the best communities in the U.S. to drink craft beer. Most of my adult life … [ Read more]

20 Years in Craft Beer

Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops offers a master brewer’s reflections on a two-decade career in craft beer. By Dave Hoops Greetings! I’m Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, MN. This issue I’m going to talk about the amazing ride I’ve enjoyed over two decades as a maker of beer. I began my … [ Read more]

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The Great Outdoors…With Beer

Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 … [ Read more]

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Food With Beer—From the Brewer’s Perspective

This edition of Deep Thoughts explores the delicious, delicious interplay between food and beer By Dave Hoops This issue, we are going to touch on beer and food, two topics I sure love. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. In this issue we address two of my favorite topics: … [ Read more]

Why I Love Hops

In this edition of Deep Thoughts With Dave Hoops, I talk about one of  my favorite beer ingredients—hops. By Dave Hoops Photos by Dave Hoops My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. The hops used in brewing are the female flowers of the hop plant, Humulus Lupulus, a perennial producing … [ Read more]

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Yeast and Fermentation

By Dave Hoops In this edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops, we look at the most magical part of brewing beer: Yeast and fermentation. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. Webster’s defines fermentation as “a change brought about by a ferment, as yeast enzymes, which convert grain … [ Read more]

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Brewpubs: A Viable Business Model in Minnesota?

Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops by Dave Hoops I wrote this article for two reasons. First, to help the craft beer lovers of Minnesota understand the beer rules. Second, to support the fact that yes, brewpubs are a viable business model in this state – they just have to work a bit harder within the … [ Read more]

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Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops

My Trip to North Carolina, A State That Gets It By Dave Hoops My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. I admit I love North Carolina. It’s awesome: with its incredible natural beauty, great people, amazing beaches, not to mention the localism-bordering-on-fanaticism regarding craft beer. My sister-in-law Mary lives … [ Read more]

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Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops

by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse The Growler is pleased to introduce a new column by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse. Each issue, Dave will share his thoughts of a brewer. This edition includes Dave’s highlights from his trip to the Great American Beer Festival. For those of you unaware of … [ Read more]