Siciliano's Market News, January 6, 2022 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows information on an upcoming off flavor presentation

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

As a proprietor of a home brew shop I'm frequently asked to critique our customers' home brewed beer. While most of these brews are good representations of their respective styles ever so often I run across one that displays some very obvious flaws. That's the inherent bugaboo with brewing beer on a home system. Even the most avid and experienced hobbyist will sometimes boil up a fail so it's important that brewers have the ability to taste common flaws and know what steps to take to prevent them from rearing their unpleasant heads. A good way to do this is by participating in an off flavor presentation.

Not everyone has the same ability to detect off flavors but practically anyone can hone tasting skills through the process of sensory training. By evaluating samples of beer dosed with food-grade flavor and aroma compounds tasters learn to better identify off flavors in their home brews.

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding a sensory tasting presentation on Thursday, January 20 at the Siciliano's Judging Venue, 7 Seward NW. Grand Rapids, from 7 to 9 pm. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come basis. Email me at to reserve a spot.