John started brewing beer as a hobby, after his wife Tracy gifted him a home-brewing kit, more than 25 years ago. He quickly advanced from starter kits to using his plumbing and heating background to build a custom 1/2bbl home-brewing system. A plumber by trade, he spent his spare time building his repertoire and reputation in the brewing world.
He quickly became frequent of the home-brew competition circuit, medaling in the National Homebrew Competition with his recipes featured in Zymurgy. In 2000, he was named New England Home Brewer of the Year and in 2004 earned Best of Show at the Master's Championship of Amateur Brewing.
After winning a local home-brew competition sponsored by the former Hammer & Nail Brewers in Watertown, he brewed his oatmeal stout for commercial release under their label.
In addition to being a Certified Beer Judge, he also does sensory analysis, judging the flavor, aroma, and appearance of beer and spirits for trade periodicals such as Yankee Brew News and Modern Distillery Age.
He is the brewer and owner of Watson Farmhouse Brewery in Southbury and also the head brewer at NewSylum Brewing Company on the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown.
In a triumph for craft beer enthusiasts and aficionados alike, John Watson, the master brewer at Newsylum Brewing Co in Newtown, Connecticut, has secured a prestigious Bronze Medal at The Great American Beer Festival 2023, held in the picturesque state of Colorado. His remarkable creation, "Schmoke Em’ Up," emerged as a shining star in the competition, earning accolades for its exceptional craftsmanship and distinctive flavor profile.
Brewed with passion and precision, "Schmoke Em’ Up" is a true testament to John Watson's brewing prowess. Crafted in the heart of Newtown, Connecticut, this innovative beer reflects the artistry and dedication that has become synonymous with Newsylum Brewing Co. The beer has certainly set a new standard for the Smoked style.
"Schmoke Em’ Up" is a one-of-a-kind beer that tantalizes the palate with its rich, smoky flavors and complex aroma. The careful selection of ingredients and meticulous brewing process at Newsylum Brewing Co have resulted in a unique and unforgettable taste experience, making it a standout in the world of craft brewing.
The Great American Beer Festival is renowned for its fierce competition, drawing talented brewers and beer enthusiasts from across the country. Winning a Bronze Medal at this prestigious event is a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to John Watson's commitment to his craft.
Upon receiving the award, John Watson expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "It's truly an honor to be recognized by The Great American Beer Festival, and I'm thrilled that 'Schmoke Em’ Up' has made its mark."
"Schmoke Em’ Up" has not only garnered recognition but has also captured the hearts and taste buds of beer enthusiasts who appreciate its unique character. It's a testament to the creativity and innovation that defines the craft brewing industry.
This impressive victory at The Great American Beer Festival 2023 is a testament to John Watson's talent and dedication, as well as a celebration of the vibrant craft beer scene in Newtown, Connecticut. With "Schmoke Em’ Up" earning a Bronze Medal, John Watson and Newsylum Brewing Co have solidified their place among the top craft brewers in the nation, leaving a mark that will be remembered in the world of craft beer for years to come.
So, if you find yourself in Newtown, Connecticut, or have the opportunity to try "Schmoke Em’ Up" at the Great American Beer Festival, be sure to raise a glass to John Watson and the entire team at Newsylum Brewing Co, who have truly created something exceptional in the world of craft brewing.
John is the brewer and owner of Watson Farmhouse Brewery in Southbury and also the head brewer at NewSylum Brewing Company on the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown.
We just hung our Hand Burned sign. This was a ribbon board that hung in the Weston Grange. My grandfather Thomas Studwell made it for the Grange Fair. Every year the area residents would enter their vegetables, flowers, and artwork. If you won a ribbon it was tacked to this board after the judging. We thought the history was perfect for our farm driven brewery so we had Farm Fresh Reclaimed hand burn our brewery logo into it.
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