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Inside the Fermenting Mind of Drew Huerter, Head Brewer at Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Drew Huerter is the 28-year-old head brewer at Dallas' own Deep Ellum Brewing Company. How can such a young tyke have the burly discernment necessary for a proper brewer, you ask? Well actually, he has a long history in the business. Twenty-eight years, as a matter of fact. His mom and dad founded the Kansas City Beer Meisters the year he was born and his dad won a home brewing national title in 1984. It seems their baby was destined to be a hophead, and that he is.

Recently I chatted with Huerter about their new bottling line, how he comes up with his brews and how cool it would have been to know him in college.

You have a new bottling line. We'd been running on a little home brew contraption [which is why they so rarely bottle and sell beer in stores], but we just recently bought a used line from some friends of mine in Michigan -- Short's Brewing Company.

What's the first beer you'll bottle? We're not sure exactly what the first one will be, but the first four will be the rye pils, Farmhouse Wit, IPA and Double Brown Stout. Those all should be launched about the same time.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.