Mark Taylor is a craft brewer that spends his winters in San Miguel de Allende with his wife Susan. He has a very interesting blog chronicling his personal brewing adventures and other beer related topics. In a recent post, Mark discusses his attempt to make malted barley, a key ingredient in beer making, from barley he found at a San Miguel de Allende feed store.
We first met Mark when Francisco attended his 5-week home brewing course at Cabrillo College near Santa Cruz, California. This winter, to Francisco’s delight, Mark and his wife Susan moved in three doors down from us. Mark recently came over to hang out as he and Francisco brewed the first batch of “local brew” ever made at Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast, a very dark wheat beer from ingredients brought down from the States. With some luck and a little patience, the beer will be ready to drink just in time for Christmas. Our guests will most certainly have the opportunity to taste it!
Mark is a maverick when it comes to home brewing. He breaks many rules of “traditional” home brewing in his quest to produce quality beer in the shortest amount of time. For example, Mark will often bottle his beer in 3-liter plastic screw-top soda bottles commonly found in Mexico so as to not bother with the puny 12 oz glass bottles.
We have sampled several of Mark’s craft beers, including an American Pale Ale and a Dry Stout, and they are excellent. Mark will be going into production mode in the coming weeks and should have several varieties to sample in early 2010.