Brewers Profile: Strawberry Hill Brewing

On May 14, 2018 by KC Nanobrews
Your name(s): Ben Murray, Larry Murray, Derek Kempf, Phil Kuzila, Joe Collins
Your brewery’s name:
Strawberry Hill Brewing
Location: Strawberry Hill District, Kansas City, KS

Number of years participating in the Festival?
First year!
When did you start brewing? What got you brewing? How frequently do you brew?
We started brewing about three years ago. We all enjoy different styles of beers and decided that we would give it a try and see how we did. We brew about once a week. We have a about 15 recipes confirmed with another 8 that are currently undergoing our process.
How did you come up with your brewery’s name?
All five of us are from Kansas City, Ks. We all went to local schools and all still live in Kansas City, Ks. We were looking for a name that tied us to the area without being something like WyCo BrewCO. We would settle on a name and then change it later for different reasons. It wasn’t until we decided to pursue opening a microbrew that we settled on Strawberry Hill Brewing. The Strawberry Hill District is trying to get back on its feet and we wanted to be a part of it. Even if you aren’t from KCK, you know Strawberry Hill. It gave us the simple and historic tie to Kansas City, Ks that we were looking for.
What is your favorite style of beer to brew? I think our favorite style to brew would have to be anything new for us. We like to try and brew things that test the creative ability of our group while staying close to the different styles. We like to try the styles that aren’t what we are use to drinking. We feel like it gives us a better appreciation of beer itself.
What was your first beer you ever brewed? Did it turn out?
The first all-grain batch that we did was terrible… It was a WIT and the recipe was all wrong. We tried to adjust the recipe and we couldn’t get it worked out. After about the 4th try we abandoned the WIT and moved on to the Stout. It was a style we were more familiar with as a group. Our first batch of the Stout was great! That recipe has always been a crowd favorite and is the same recipe we use today. Having the Stout turn out was a bit of relief for us and made us want to keep brewing. (I should also note: we have since gone back and fixed the WIT recipe. It is MUCH better than the original!)
Anything unique participants at the festival can expect if they come by your booth?
Our most unique brew that we will have this year is our Sunflower Saison. The Saison style is one that calls for local flavors in the brew to give it a unique taste. We decided, what is more local to Kansas than Sunflowers? The Sunflower Statezon, as we have named it, is brewed with malted sunflower seeds and sunflower petals. It gives you a local feel and stays true to the Saison style.
Do you have any plans to go pro? When? Where?
We will keep everyone updated on our location and open date through our different social media account.
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