Pasteurization is a method of stabilizing beer through heat.  Although some people think pasteurization can negatively affect the flavor of beer, when used properly, pasteurization stabilizes and preserves flavors and gives brewers flexibility in the brewing process. And with the rise in popularity of non-alcoholic beer, which has less inherent preservative qualities, pasteurization not only keeps flavors stable, but is necessary to keep those beers free from pathogens.

This episode’s guest 

Keith Villa, Ph.D., is a trailblazer in the beer and cannabis industries; and brewmaster and co-founder of Colorado-based CERIA Brewing Company, dedicated to brewing only alcohol-free beers. After earning his PhD in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium in the early 1990’s, an honor only a handful of brewers have achieved, Keith returned to the states with the idea of crafting beers inspired by Belgian styles, but with a twist.  He then began his 32-year career as founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing Company, an operating unit of MillerCoors.

Since retiring from Blue Moon, this beer doctor developed a patented brewing method to produce great tasting alcohol-free craft beers; written a book titled Brewing with Cannabis, Using THC and CBD in Beer; and continues to speak worldwide as an expert in both the beer and cannabis industries. 

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