The Fall Classics
This beer was first brewed commercially by Douglas City Brewing in the late 1800s and later by Geoff Larson, who in 1986 founded his Alaskan Brewing Company. His amber has won a slew of awards since then, including several Great American Beer Festival medals and a first-place finish at the 1996 World Beer Championships.
Alaskan Amber is an altbier, more in the Münster tradition than the Düsseldorfer (in other words, it's sweeter, richer, less bitter and less dry).
Scoop it out, toss it in, make better beer
Märzenbier was traditionally the last big brew of the spring, made in March and saved for fall as the first beer of the new season. Märzens were stored in cool cellars during the hot summer months in the days before modern refrigeration and other technologies, so they may have been the first true lagers. They also became known as Oktoberfests when they became the traditional beverage for fall harvest festivals.
Good festbiers to try: Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker-Pschorr (Munich, Germany); Hübsch Märzen (Davis, California); Stoudt’s Festbier (Adamstown, Pennsylvania).
German in origin, weizenbiers — or weissbiers — are light and refreshing. Sometimes they’re tart and slightly acidic, sometimes fruity and sweet. The best strains of German weizen yeast create esters reminiscent of banana, clove and bubblegum; American brewers have developed a milder, cleaner style.
A pale lager named after the city it originated in.
Rich, toothy, and delicious...just like mom used to make.
Belgian wit had all but disappeared when Pierre Celis began his brewing career in the 1950s. Celis is credited for reviving the style in Belgium during his stint at the Hoegaarden brewery; then he moved to Texas, launched his own Belgian brewery and kick-started the style in the United States.
The All-Wise Wiz expounds on a quintet of questions that just keep popping up
John Maier, the award-winning brewer at Rogue in Oregon, is legendary for big beers in big bottles. And he’s still a homebrewer at heart. Here are his top tips for excellent ales.