Contact brewvana

Kilt-brewed Revolution Ale

Thanks for your interest in brewvana. I look forward to getting to know you. Let me know what you think and what you want me to cover. I welcome samples and article commissions, as well as everyday comments and feedback.

Feel free to shoot me an email, and I’ll make every effort to respond in a timely manner.

jwilson [AT] brewvana [DOT] net

J. Wilson

brewvana–an ideal condition of harmony beer and joy

“It is best to rise from life as from the banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.”


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23 Responses to Contact brewvana

  1. creamaledrinker says:

    Greetings from Rochester NY, I enjoy reading your blog and
    hope you don’t mind me posting your link on my blogroll, perhaps
    you could also ad my link if you want to, no big deal either way..


  2. Rich says:

    Hey I was just checking out your blog great stuff!

    I want to invite you into my social network for beer drinkers. A bunch of bloggers have been joining and promoting their content for free (we have a RSS feed feature). We’d love to have you on there –

    Hope to see you there!



  3. Brian Yaeger says:

    Hey J,
    Sweet site. I see we share lotsa favorites (and not just beers). While I started out writing about music (at least 3 cover stories about Flogging Molly alone), I turned my attention to beer. The result? “Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey.” Out today from St. Martin’s Press. I’m doing a whole national promo tour (starting tonight at home in San Fran) and really kicking things off at GABF next week (you going?), then the rest of the country. Perhaps take a gander at my tour page found on


  4. Matt says:


    I’m still into Stouts and Porters, but I’ve grown fond of IPAs in recent months. How about a post about IPAs? How they are made? Unique styles? Best brands?

  5. shenanigans says:

    i’m lovin your blog here.. going to link it on my blog if that’s cool. we’re gonna be trying to put down one and document the brewing process soon..
    regards from NZ

  6. Wilson says:

    That’s cool. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Andy says:

    Question?….. I have 1) Tab Top Bud can,2)Utica Clubs, 1)Rheingold Extra Dry Lager 1) Coca Cola , 1_ Royal Palm Orange soda…what is the worth?

  8. Wilson says:

    I’ve got some old cans and have written a few posts about them, but I don’t know what that kind of stuff’s worth at all.

  9. HALIFAXHOPS says:

    I am enjoying your blog. I started growing Hops in central PA afew years ago and start homebrewing, but never started brewing. I am trying to go commercial. Just fell into a nitch here (200 plants later and pleny of free homebrew from friends) would love to send you some to try out and review!

  10. Jim Samis says:

    Saw you were wearing a Dogfish hat. I have a home in Iowa but am currently back East. Live not too far from Dogfish and go there as often as I can. Since I am new to your site was wondering if have reviewed any of their brews and if I can find same on your site? When I come back to Iowa shoul I bring a couple of semi’s of your favorite DF if you have one. Article in the local paper out here just announced they will be cutting back on distribution due to demand/ supply problems……look forward to your response….I am a big fan of there 90 min. IPA…Jim

  11. Marc Hawley says:

    Your doppelbock diet caught my attention. It is something I have thought about trying. According to what I have read, you are taking only about 1000 calories per day. I don’t understand why. It seems to me you should be consuming twice as much. Also, the Paulaner monks gave up solid food, but I always assumed they drank some milk along with their liquid bread. Good luck!

  12. Wilson says:

    1152 on weekdays and 1440 on weekends. I have a job to do; that’s the long and short of it. I’m not trying to get hammered all the time. I could certainly bump it up some, but things seem fine at this rate. These monks (friars, technically) would have been vegetarians and didn’t even consume milk or cheese–the original vegans, I suppose.

  13. Stephen says:

    HI, I just watched your interview on Fox regarding the beer fast. I was an avid homebrewer for years back in the 70s and 80s. I am boning up on new info in preparation of getting back into the passion, so I am happy to have discovered your website.

    I have a question. Did you loose or gain weight during the fast?

    Thanks, and I’m looking forward to your book.


  14. Wilson says:

    Stephen-I’ve lost about 24 pounds

  15. bgrant says:

    I have really enjoyed coming along on your 46 day fast. I have fasted many times, although, never longer than a week and have been inspired to perhaps follow suit next lent.
    I am presently not a homebrewer, aminly because I cook with beer more than I drink it, although I do love a really good stout when I can find one.
    I do have a question regarding Mead though. I have decided that my first forray into homebrewing will be with this drink of the gods, and I am wondering if you have had any experience with it and could give some suggestions.

  16. Stephen says:

    Wow! You lost 24 pounds in 46 days!!! The Dukan Diet made that French guy a millionaire. I’d a hellofa lot rather be on the Doppelbock Diet. Every kind of low-carb diet has an introduction phase of 3 or 4 weeks, and it’s designed to get your body into weight loss mode. I think you just hit on gold.

  17. Lars says:


    Just dropped by to say that your book (which I just finished reading, and greatly enjoyed), came to my attention at the intersection of fine beer and medieval monasticism.

    From the book, it seems to me that you have your head and your heart in the right place on lots of things. Glad I happened across your book.

    Sitting here sipping a Salvator as I type!

  18. J says:

    Hey, Lars (and everybody else)-Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Mauricio says:


    First at all, your blog is awesome. I want to become a homebrewer and I really would like to learn more from you. Do you give any tours or talks?



  20. J says:

    Hey, Mauricio- I’ll be talking about Diary of a Part-Time Monks at The Royal Mile (part of the Pub(lishers) Crawl in conjunction with the Downtown Des Moines/DSM Public Library’s weeklong Wonder of Words Festival) in Des Moines at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, then on Nov. 3 at Peace Tree in Knoxville, we’re doing a Pints & Poses at 9:30 a.m. (yoga class then beer sipping). Hope to see you…

  21. Rich Pressman says:

    We met at FoBAB. I was wearing a black Ale Syndicate shirt and 3 Floyds hat. You weren’t as friendly or cool as I thought you’d be. Very disapointing and I am glad I checked your book out at a Chicago library instead of buying it. Also your entry at the fest wasn’t as good as I hoped. 2.5 out 5.

    With that said, I did enjoy your book and maybe you just weren’t in a mood to talk to fans. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Take care and cheers!

  22. J says:

    Wow, Rich, I’m truly sorry. I’m usually pretty nice. I met a lot of people and had a lot of great conversations and I suppose a couple of folks disappointed me as well. I was tired; I could plead that. As for the beer, I’d agree. We used a different barrel this year and the BA version was nowhere near the beer we had two years ago. Very polite of Eric to enter it, I thought. When I tasted it I had no expectations of a medal.

    Peace & Pints!

    • Rich Pressman says:

      No worries man, I see you’re sincere and responded well. I’m sure your next batch will be great. I’d actually like to try it w/o barrel aging it.

      Peace and Prost!

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