Chris recently moved to Traverse City from Chicago, where he was an active member of Chaos, a very well established Homebrew Club. He has been a member of the NMHG since his move in 2016. He currently brews on a system of pots and pans, with fire and brimstone. His favorite brews are octupleIPAs, or IIIIIIIIPA.
James has lived in Traverse City since 1944, where he mined sheeps wool for a living. He has since moved on to report on sporting events such as curling and backgammon. He brews in a caldron with a wooden spoon while cackling. His go-to ales are I-of-Newt-PA and Adder's Fork Porter.
Started brewing while living in Southern Ohio. The water was terrible and the beer was worse. Follow-the-instructions kits led to buying ingredients to refine kits I liked. After moving back to Michigan and finding a home here in the Grand Traverse region about 30 years ago, my interest in home brewing really grew. Annual community picnics were the incentive to brew more and better beer. Once I got in the Guild and started hanging out at UBrew, the attraction of all-grain possibilities pushed me to try new ideas and upgrade my equipment. Being retired makes it all so much nicer now. I'm a fan of simple beers and prefer lower gravity styles that are compatible with working around the house.