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Houses Of The Unholy: Dustin Davidson, August Burns Red

Beer-making is serious business. Just ask Dustin Davidson from August Burns Red, who’s on a one-man brewing mission.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO BREWING YOUR OWN BEER, THEN?!

“I got started through my friends. One was taking classes on how to brew close by where I live, and he taught me! We’re just getting started in getting the business all open, but I’ve been a home brewer since 2009. I did a clone of a beer called Mad Elf, which is actually a family brewery from Pennsylvania. I did it with cherries and honey and called it Cherry-Popper, and that was the first beer we did!”

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

“It was exciting to try and make a beer that was different; not just make an IPA or a lager, but one with flowers or cinnamon or something weird in. It’s like music; you’re creating something unique with your own style!”

SO IF WE WANTED TO MAKE OUR OWN BREW, WHAT WOULD WE NEED TO GET STARTED?

“A lot! Most of what you need is equipment. Our brew system is a flat, stainless steel table, with three kettles on top that can do 10 gallons at a time. There are three burners underneath, and I use propane. It’s not automated, but I have a temperature control on it, and spent a lot of money getting that all together. It’s also very time consuming.”

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