Topic: Beer Styles

Maibock / Helles Bock

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After an excursion into some newer, emerging, or little-known styles, I’m returning to talking about some old favorites — in this case, Maibock, also known as helles bock. Before we talk about

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Oatmeal Stout: Tips from the Pros

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While a glass of oatmeal stout may or may not lower your cholesterol, it’s still pretty tasty. That’s because oatmeal brings a silky texture and vanilla-esque oat flavors to the party. In

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Russian Imperial Stout: Style Profile

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Russian imperial stout was one of the first beer styles that caught my interest. I remember tasting North Coast Old Rasputin as I read and reread the BJCP style guidelines for the

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Brazilian Style-Catharina Sour Beer – mock BJCP Guidelines

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For those looking to learn more about this Brazilian style of beer, here is a mock BJCP guideline for Catharina Sour written by a Brazilian well acquainted with the style.

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Saving Saison

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While saison is a Belgian beer style, it is rarely brewed there. Explore the history of saison and get tips to brew your own classic saison from a Belgian brewer who is trying to restore its popularity in Belgium.


Burton Ale: Style Profile

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Burton ale was the beer that originally put Burton on the map, beer-wise. It pre-dates IPA, and was a big export beer to the Baltic countries from about 1740 to 1822.

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Brewing Session Beers: Tips From the Pros

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Brewing and enjoying a quality session beer seems to be overshadowed these days by the big hop bombs and high ABV beers. So let’s go back to the fundamentals of what makes session beers so enjoyable and how to approach brewing this category of beer.

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Wit Bier

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It may be hard for modern homebrewers to think of a time when witbier was virtually unknown. Today, it is one of the more popular Belgian style beers, if not the most

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The Cult of American Saison

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Many American brewers are embracing a style of beer that is fast becoming a relic in its native country — saison. This farmhouse ale can be interpreted in many ways, almost like a blank canvas for the brewer. Get seasoned saison advice from pro brewers.

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Burton Ale – Draft BJCP Style Description

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17A. British Strong Ale: Burton Ale Overall Impression: A rich, malty, sweet, and bitter dark ale of moderately strong alcohol. Fuller bodied and chewy with a balanced hoppy finish and complex malty


“Other Smoked Beer” Style Profile

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Early on in my beer education, I tried the classic smoked beers of Germany. I found the bold smoked flavors intriguing. It reminded me of two of my favorite things: camping and

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Session IPA Clones

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It is no secret that the best-selling craft beer style category in the USA is IPA. We have a variety of official IPA beer styles, including British IPA, American IPA and imperial

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