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Brewing a “hybrid” style


Thomas Grimes asks,

I am interested in trying to brew some “hybrid” beers . . . such as a Hefeporter or a Rauchkölsch for example. Is there a good rule of thumb to follow? Can one match a malt to a hop that would work better than other combos? What are some good rules to follow?

I haven’t brewed tons of off-the-wall beers in my brewing life, but every now and then I get the urge to stray from the norm. There are no rules to follow when
Response by Ashton Lewis.