Elmer "Goose" Steingass is living the dream ó at least the dream of every man or woman who has ever brewed a five-gallon batch of beer at home.
Steingass, 60, a retired radio and television engineer from Wooster, now works at Akron's Hoppin' Frog Brewery, one of the best rated breweries in the world.
But no, that isnít the dream part.
Steingass, who has been a longtime homebrewer, brought in a rye India pale ale for owner and award-winning brewer Fred Karm and his fellow workers to sample.
"We were all floored by it," Karm said.
In fact, the beer was so tasty that Karm decided to brew it and sell it.
Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA, which is made with motueka hops from New Zealand, will be released Friday at the brewery and will be available at retail stores. It will cost $7.99 per 22-ounce bottle.
"I am just totally flattered and excited about it," said Steingass, who picked up his Goose nickname during a fraternity initiation at the College of Wooster. "Just the idea of having one of my recipes brewed commercially blows me away. Thatís the pinnacle of homebrewing achievement."
His recipe also has made the finals of the National Homebrew Competition this year. (The winners will be announced in June.)
Karm said the close-knit group of brewery workers are pumped to be making a beer created by one of their own.† "It's really cool that we're able to bring something like this to the market," he said.