Pour Decisions: From Trials to Triumph in Homebrewing with Rusty Barrel

February 28, 2024

In this Zymurgy Live webinar, American Homebrewers Association® member Rusty Burrell of Rusty Barrel Homebrewing covers his approach to basic and emerging beer styles, as well as experimental beers that are out-of-the-box fun and rewarding to brew. He also talks about his approach to embracing RDWHAHB (Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew), learning something from every batch, entering competitions, and more.

Referenced Recipe: Mango Maya Milkshake IPA

Event Details

  • Date: February 28, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 PM MT - 4:00 PM MT

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About the Speakers

Rusty Burrell

Rusty Burrell

James River Homebrewers

Rusty Burrell is an award-winning homebrewer, social media personality, and blogger. With more than 10 years of homebrewing experience, Rusty has brewed over 200 batches in his garage in Richmond, Virginia.

Rusty's most notable accomplishment was winning the 2018 Stone Homebrew Competition and American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) Rally event with his Mango Maya Milkshake IPA. Rusty collaborated with Stone Brewing to scale the brew up for commercial release in 2019 and 2021.

Rusty likes to brew a variety of styles. On one end of the spectrum, he likes to focus on improving process and singling out ingredients in basic and classic styles. On the other end, he enjoys pushing the boundaries of what should go into beer—he has brewed batches with potatoes, beets, cake, and cookies, to name a few.

Julia Herz

Julia Herz, American Homebrewers Association, Executive Director


Julia Herz is executive director of the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA)—the nation's largest hobbyist not-for-profit organization for homebrewers and fermented beverages.

Julia is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Certified beer judge, Advanced Cicerone®, medal-winning homebrewer, and experienced zymurgist who has been making beer, mead, and fermented foods since 1994. Julia is the co-author of Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros (Voyager Press, 2015), the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, and co-host of the Sense of Beer Style Show.