Linus Hall (Master Brewer)- Yazoo Brewing
When did you start your career as a master brewer?
Well, I would not call myself a “master brew” because even after seventeen years of brewing, I still have a lot to learn. I started my brewing career with an internship at Brooklyn Brewery in 2001, and opened Yazoo Brewing in 2003.
Which 3 beers, that aren’t your own, have a place in your refrigerator?
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; Alagash White, when I can find it; Girardin Gueuze
Do you think the aesthetic aspects of a beer bottle or can is important (artwork, label, etc.)?
Yes. The way a can or bottle looks influences the decision to buy it. Plus, I think it influences your opinion of the beer while you are drinking it, even if you poured the beer into the glass. People are always looking at all the details of the bottle or can while they are enjoying the beer.
Can equipment “make the difference” during the production process of a beer? In which way?
Most definitely. If you have done your job as a brewer, you have a great beer in the packaging tank, ready to enjoy. If you do a great job packaging, with low oxygen levels, and a properly filled and sealed container, the customer gets to enjoy the same great beer that the brewer did at the brewery.
Which equipment of the CFT Group are you working with? Which are its main advantages for your production process?
We have a 10/2 Microbrew can line from CFT, as well as a 20/24/3 Comac bottle line. The main advantages of both lines are the reliability, speed, and very low dissolved oxygen levels we can achieve.
Which advice would you give to someone looking to become a brewer?
Go and get an education! There is no longer room in the industry for people who don’t know what they are doing.
Is producing beer technique only, or is there room for improvisation?
Good question. In the design of a recipe, there is all the room in the world to improvise. Once you have decided on a beer, your job as a brewer is to consistently replicate that beer, even with your grain and hops changing from year to year with variations in the growing cycle.
Name 10 songs on your playlist during a brewing cycle?
We have a Spotify account, with music choices that our employees are constantly changing, depending on their mood or if the equipment needs some soothing!