Will Meyers: “As a brewer who has long enjoyed creating beers outside of the basic malt/water/yeast/hops paradigm, it has been a pleasure to watch Earth Eagle Brewing evolve thanks to the unquenchable enthusiasm and curiosity of Butch and his partner Alex. This book captures their commitment to the unique flavor opportunities offered by herbs, spices, flowers, trees, and fungi – and even the occasional moose’s head. Through Earth Eagle’s intrepid explorations we gain insight into the wider world of brewing that has occupied the majority of the history of fermentation. Providing historical notes and information on the medicinal properties of the herbs used and where to find them, Against All Hops is a practical guide which motivates us to think outside of the box and get creative with our beer.”
Will is the Brewmaster at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge MA. He is also the 2017 Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing recipient.
Brian Hunt: “Blasphemy! If this information leaks out, there will be an entirely new revolution in brewing. These beautiful ideas begin to uncover the whole world of beers which we have tragically lost from our human consciousness. The stagnant, monopolistic, and excessive use of hops substituting for creativity in beer is hereby threatened! Long live the revolution!”
Brian is the Founder of Moonlight Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA.
Tod Mott: “I’ve fallen in love with his story and antidotes on brewing out of necessity without the use of hops. Butch throws all convention out the window on brewing beer with hops and embelishes the use of herbs and spices…. hell he even uses a smoked pigs head along with the drippings… read: BLOOD! in their (Earth Eagle Brewings) Porter Cochon. Nothing is off limits for the Gruit. I praise Butch’s whimsey and his take no prisoners attitude. Against All Hops is a fun must-read for all practitioners of brewing anything other than hop based brews, be they witches or just interested brewers. Cheers to Butch!”
Todd is the co-founder and brewmaster at Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery ME.
Stephen Harrod Buhner: “A wonderful book! Truly a pleasure to read; I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
Stephen is the award-winning author of Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation
Randy Mosher: “If you’re trying to wrap your head around the rapidly expanding world of botanical beers, there’s no better place to start than the extensive experiments of Butch Heilshorn in Against All Hops. It’s not a rejection of hops, but a warm embrace of just about everything else.”
Randy is the author of Radical Brewing, Tasting Beer, Mastering Homebrew, & Beer for All Seasons
Martyn Cornell: “A fascinating and mouth-watering look at the multiple alternatives to hops in beer that our ancestors knew all about and we have almost forgotten. You’ll put this book down not just wanting to drink the beers described inside, but brew them yourself.”
Martyn is a beer historian, blogger at Zythophile.co.uk and author of Amber, Gold & Black, Strange Tales of Ale, Beer: The Story of the Pint and Beer Memorabilia.