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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New head brewer David Stein to revamp Twain's beer program

Local brewer David Stein
  • Local brewer David Stein

Twain's Billiards and Tap has announced that local brewer David Stein will be taking up the position of Head Brewer on Dec. 5. An avid home brewer since 2005, Stein has spent the last 4 years entrenched in the local craft beer community, initially taking a job at Brick Store Pub and eventually landing at Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market in Decatur. "I went to work at Brick Store to learn everything I could about beer," Stein says, "to build my palate and try virtually every beer I could get my hands on."

The young brewer has big plans for Twain's over the coming months. "First we have to finish off what’s still in the tanks," Stein says, "and then I plan to introduce all new and improved recipes to Twain’s current core line-up as quickly as possible."

Beer drinkers can look forward to Stein's fresh take on ingredients and brewing techniques. "In general, my beers will be on the progressive side, although I think that some styles need to be kept traditional." According to the budding brewmaster, "Twain's has a new barrel room so I plan on brewing some awesome, wood-aged and sour beers. This will include whiskey and rum barrel-aged beers, American wild ales, Belgian lambics and Flemish sours."

With a community-centric approach, Stein hopes to enhance Atlanta's local craft beer scene by encouraging participation from the locals themselves. "I plan to invite home brewers to submit bottles of their beer each month" Stein says. "Assuming it’s backed up by a usable recipe, that month's favorite submission will be brewed and served in-house. It will be a Twain’s beer, guest brewed by…"

Stein also plans to engage other local establishments by working with them to create unique, limited edition style batches. "I plan to do collaborative beers with specific bars/pubs/restaurants. For example, I'll get together with Miles from Leon’s and we'll build a beer recipe that is a play off of one of his cocktails. Half of the batch will stay in-house, the other half will be distributed to Leon’s. I'd like to do similar collaborations with places all over town."

For Stein, brewing beer is his passion. "Brewing involves a natural transformation, it's beautiful" he says. "It's an art and a craft. Among other things, I brew beer because I love creating something that provides people with leisure and relaxation. Life is tough, but ever since civilization discovered fermentation, we've had a way to relax and enjoy life."

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