About Two Monks Brewing
July 25, 2014 by
Two Monks Brewing is nothing more than a home-based
"personal use" brew club. Total value,
according to the SEC, is about $1,000, including all
equipment! Current members are Rick Morris and
Having spent half his career with the
Army in Europe, Rick became accustomed to quality beer
beginning at the young age of 18. Living in the Netherlands, Germany, and other European
countries, Rick discovered the many styles and traditions of
quality beer from across the pond. He learned each
town or village had its own beer, and a particular type of
glass from which to drink it. He discovered the
Trappist Monk style of brewing while in Holland, and the
Kolsch and Pilsner styles while in Germany. Many a day
(or evening) was spent in some bar, tavern, or gasthaus
locked arm-in-arm with a frolicking group of local elderly drunkards
singing some old sailing song. Rick claims this is how
he first learned the local languages! Many a beer game
was played. And, many a friend was made.
Rick's Dutch father-in-law imparted information and
culture about a different beer almost every time they sat before a
cheese-salami board (which was dozens of times over 5
years). Whether it was a Wikuler, Bitburger, or
Warsteiner from Germany... or a Heineken, Brand, or
Oranjeboom from Holland... there always seemed to be plenty
flowing - both beer and knowledge (stories and tall tales)!
"We are two friends who
share a thirst for quality, home-brewed beer."
After his military career, Rick returned to North
Carolina. Several years later, he began talking with Levi
about quality beer after they discovered their local super
market stocked a number of European, Japanese, Chinese, and
other imported and craft beers. Soon, both were discussing and
researching information about each type of beer. One
of the first beer rules Rick disclosed to Levi was the German Purity
Law (Rheinheitsgebot), which states that beer must be brewed using only malts,
hops, yeast and water. All four ingredients are
typical of home brews and micro-brews.
He also told Levi the story of the beer-drinking mule.
It goes something like this...
"I recall one of my first evenings in the
Netherlands. A young 18-year-old, I hadn't
traveled farther than Disney World in Florida prior to
this. I was in a tavern, called the Lakeside -
better known as Harry's Bar - and was drinking my first
Brand bier. I noticed a drawing on the wall that
showed a mule drinking from a barrel of Heineken.
At the same time, the mule was pissing in a half-barrel
of Budweiser! After a few months enjoying European
beers, I often reflected to the image of that mule,
clearly realizing its significance."
So, in January, 2012 the two decided to start brewing
beer at home. They also set up this website to keep track of
their beers and associated
home brewing processes, as well as
to provide insight to people like
you who are either beginning to brew their own beer
at home, or are
just interested in how others brew beer.
They are by no means considered experts... yet. As
have brewed less than 2 dozen batches of homebrew by May 2013
don't expect them to know everything needed to know about
brewing beer at home. Surely, there are plenty of
other websites out there that can provide expert knowledge
on the subject.
What this website can offer, however is genuine, raw
knowledge... from the newbie stage until they do consider
Anyone Can Brew Beer at Home
As Rick and Levi have recently discovered, anyone can brew beer.
But, if you're going to invest the $100 or so to get a basic
equipment and recipe kit, then you'll want to take care in
ensuring that your first batch is brewed correctly.
This website will be updated with each new batch brewed, and add to the content as time permits. So,
follow along with Two Monks Brewing Club as they continue
their beer brewing journey
(which started in January 2012).
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