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Sapwood Cellars: Hoppy IPAs & Barrel-Aged Beers


The DC Beer Show visits Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, Maryland, where Adam and Richard speak with owners Scott Janish and Michael Tonsmeire.

Scott has recently released the book The New IPA: Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor. Michael is the author of American Sour BeersThese two styles — hoppy IPAs and barrel-aged beers – define the majority of the beers the team is creating.

Michael Tonsmeire and Scott Janishof Sapwood Cellars
Michael Tonsmeire and Scott Janishof Sapwood Cellars

Sapwood Cellars runs a 10-barrel set-up designed to give their beers definition and body. They serve almost exclusively in their taproom, where they have ann unusual approach to serving sizes they feel presents their products in the best possible light.

Sapwood Cellars also offers some special experiences we haven’t seen anywhere else. Beer lovers can work with Scott and Mike to make their own custom beer, sign up for a “blending day” where they can help the brewers blend and formulate the final product to be served.

Scott and Michael share their thoughts on 3.8 Special, their collaboration with DC Beer, why they love Calypso hops, and the unique properties of their all-Mosaic brew.

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