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  • Samobor, Croatia
  • I am an American expat living in Zagreb, Croatia. I work freelance for Marvel Comics as a color artist, with my primary job of the last number of years being the comic book Daredevil. I'm from Southern California, but lived in Portland, Oregon for nine years. That's where I started my real heavy beer education.
  • Playing drums,all things beer,driving around the Croatian countryside.
  • Color artist.
  • Matt Hollingsworth
  • All kinds, but stuff with a funky backbone is best.
  • Bladerunner, Apocalypse Now, Godfather 1 and 2, There Will Be Blood.
  • Lost. Medium.
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. An Analysis of Brewing Techniques by George Fix.
  • I got into homebrew while living in Portland, Oregon, in 1997. I was in the land of beer so I was naturally drawn to that. I brewed 10 extract batches, then 80 all grain batches in the next 5 years after that. Somewhere around batch 20, I started entering competitions with my first being an online one called Networt, based in New Jersey. Took 2 gold out of 3 beers entered. Sometime maybe around batch 30 or 40, I joined the Oregon Brew Crew. Loved that group. Entered beers in competition around Oregon, Washington and Texas and won a bunch more medals. And judged at a lot of competitions too, which was fun and educational.

    I moved to Southern California in 2002 and stopped brewing because of space constraints in apartments. I'm now living in Zagreb, Croatia and have been brewing in my apartment here since August of 2009.
  • American IPA, American Barley Wine, British Best Bitter, British Imperial Stout.
  • Gajničko Boično Pivo (Christmas Ale)
  • Batch 91: Sveti Dude West Coast Pale Ale
    Batch 92: Smola American Amber Ale
    Batch 93: Tunisian Brown
  • Male
  • Married


  • Posted in thread: WLP644 -Brett B Trois on 12-12-2013 at 07:33 AM
    Yeah. I've had Trois starters smell like really rotting fruit and not in a pleasant way. And
    I've had them smell very sharp and sour. Neither carried over into the final beer.Recently made
    a 100% Bret...

  • Posted in thread: WLP644 -Brett B Trois on 12-06-2013 at 06:22 PM
    a theory just occurred to me, no guarantees that i'm correct tho: cold crash & decant the spent
    starter beer before pitching the yeast into the new batch and you'll probably be fine. the
    acetic acid i...

  • Posted in thread: WLP644 -Brett B Trois on 12-06-2013 at 07:06 AM
    I wouldn't worry about the acetic. I had a very acetic starter with Trois a few months back and
    the resulting beer was great.My process with that starter was a bit weird. I made the starter,
    first two...

  • Posted in thread: WLP644 -Brett B Trois on 10-29-2013 at 07:27 PM
    I've done a few now and I let them sit for about 7 weeks in primary before bottling or kegging.
    3 were dry hopped and 1 was not. 2 were kegged, 2 were bottled. The ones in the kegs were drank
    about 2 ...

  • Posted in thread: Brett B IPA on 10-15-2013 at 06:59 AM
    Great to hear. Congrats.

  • Posted in thread: Brett B IPA on 10-14-2013 at 08:46 AM
    Sorry to hear about the back. Best of luck with that. The beer sounds lovely.

  • Posted in thread: Wild Yeast Capture Attempt 1 on 10-11-2013 at 07:21 PM
    Planning to make a new attempt soon. The weather is starting to get right again.Cool. Let us
    know how it goes.

  • Posted in thread: Brett B IPA on 10-11-2013 at 07:18 PM
    What you did is a hop stand. You add a bunch of hops at flameout and let the wort "stand" at a
    near boiling temperature (150F - 180F) for a long time (20 - 90 minutes). Whirlpooling is
    more-or-less th...

  • Posted in thread: Brett B IPA on 10-10-2013 at 09:26 AM
    Did you hopstand or whirlpool your hops?I used Wyeast 5112 - Brett B.It's not bottled yet.
    Maybe tonight if I get time or at the latest Friday.I dry hopped with an ounce of Williamette
    and an ounce of...

  • Posted in thread: Brett B IPA on 10-09-2013 at 08:09 PM
    Update? Which Brett did you use?I made an Imperial IPA with zero ibus with a mixed Brett
    fermentation. 100% Brett, but with both Brett Brux and Trois from White Labs. All hops added
    after KO, 400 gram...

March 30, 2014  •  05:16 AM
Hi Matt,
We met over a year ago, at Ludo Beaurain's place. Had a great talk, and some of your excellent beers. You told me you never tasted Westvleteren, and I (half) promised to try and get you some. I finally got hold of a (two
years old) bottle. Will be glad to swap it for a bottle of one of your better efforts! I'm following you on Twitter, so you can leave me a message there, or here, or, best of all, contact me through the Belgian Embassy in Zagreb
(ask for Katrien).
Now I will have a Delta, a fine Belgian IPA created last year by Brussels Beer Project. Cheers!