Charlie Bamforth is The Pope of Foam

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This week, we’re extremely excited to have Professor Charlie Bamforth – a.k.a The Pope of Foam – grace us with his presence on the Hop Forward Podcast.

Charlie is a former president of Institute of Brewing and Distilling and was also Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at University of California, Davis between 1999 and 2018.

Following his retirement from the University as Distinguished Professor Emeritus, he became Senior Quality Adviser to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Charlie Bamforth, then you should check out some of his books such as Standards of Brewing, Brewing Materials and Processes and – of course – the aptly named: Foam.

We discuss head retention on beer, carbonation, ingredients and their effects on head retention, the use of nitrogen in beer and much more.

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