In 2014 I started writing about my homebrewing adventures at labeerfan.com. The first blog post about beer that I wrote online was for my friend Kip's blog @ bierkast.com. I was heading down to San Diego to judge a beer competition when Kip asked me if I would visit White Labs to check out their relatively new tasting room.
I had a blast taking pictures and talking with the various staff members about the facility. What I really fell in love with was photography. I grabbed a DSLR and started up LA Beer Fan as a way to write about the stuff I was doing and to use it as a space to host the photos I was taking with my new camera.
What I came to realize was that this was a cool resource for me and for other homebrewers. I try to write my blog posts about recipe formulation - taking ideas inspired from beers that I taste and describing the process and details that I take to come up with my own recipes. I have learned a lot of what I know from blogs on the web and I am hopeful that someone will read my own thoughts and processes and make them their own.
Originally the blog was just about homebrewing, but there is so much going on in LA and in Craft Beer in general that Im going to start including more and more event & press release type posts. I am on the LA Beer Bloggers distro list, so PR firms and friends from local breweries do pass along information to me from time to time - so I will use this space as an outlet along with Twitter and Instagram to pass along the information.
For now I am going to stay away from posting reviews about beer. Follow me on instagram and you'll start to get an idea of the breweries I am a fan of - but if you are coming here for reviews on commercial beer you've come to the wrong spot... for now.
My name is Brian Holter and I have been an avid homebrewer since 2005. My homebrewing focuses more on learning about beer and the brewing process than anything. I don't focus on any one style, I try to brew everything. My most successful brew's have been Belgian Ales, American Pale Ales, Vienna Lagers and Russian Imperial Stouts. I started entering competitions in 2010 or 2011 and have won close to 100 awards as of 2016. At some point in my brewing life I would like to be able to say that I have brewed every style of beer in the BJCP style guideline.
I am a BJCP Certified Judge and have brewed at a number of commercial breweries.