And it's where, near the tanks or under the umbrellas, Dave holds court, ready to talk about anything beer-related--from his sacred Reinheitsgebot to regulatory red tape that poses obstacles to so many in the industry. And he holds forth on all topics--beer-related or not--with uncommon vigor. A typical Hoffmanism about flavoring beer with other 'stuff'--"If you can't make good beer with just water, malt, hops and yeast, ya got no business makin' beer."
We chatted about my recent trip to the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten for that phenomenal 1842 Pilsner Urquell, because I knew he'd appreciate good beer in its purest form. That's when he informed me that very soon, he'd have ready a "banging" Czech Pilsner that would "knock my socks off."
I suggested that his beers would very likely go over well in the various biergarten settings of Asbury Park, Hoboken or Jersey City, and he seemed interested in the idea. Of course, running his own place as well as being the head brewer at Artisan's in Toms River puts some restrictions on his time, but busy people are usually the ones who get things done.
|The "Petes" of Artisan's|