I’m Mary Izett, sales rep by day, fermenter & crafter by night. I love craft beer, fermentation, cooking, arts & crafts and life! I’ve been homebrewing since 2006 in Brooklyn, NYC. I’m a BJCP National ranked judge and former President of both the New York City Homebrewers Guild and Malted Barley Appreciation Society. I brew all-grain using the Brew In A Bag method & specialize in sour ales, smoked ales & other “oddball” beers. I also enjoy making all kinds of fermented beverages and foods, including sodas, meads, ciders, kombucha, kimchi and more.
I’ve had so much fun making fast-fermented alcoholic beverages like session beers, short meads, ciders and fermented boozy sweet teas that I wrote a book about them! Speed Brewing, was published by Voyageur Press last June. You can order it now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or !ndigo.
My husband Chris Cuzme and I co-host Fuhmentaboudit!, a live internet radio show on all things fermented, on Heritage Radio Network every Monday night at 7 pm. You can listen live here, find them archived on the same page or download on iTunes or Stitcher.
Chris & I also started our own gypsy brewing company last year, Cuzett Libations. Our first beer, the Cuzett Grisette, was brewed at KelSo Beer Co here in Brooklyn and released in late February. We followed that up with Revenge of the Emu, a 100% Galaxy hopped kolsch. We just released a second version of the Grisette and will have several more beers coming this year.
And if you’re curious about how my love of craft beer came about, scroll down to page 21 of this Gotham Imbiber.