Topic: Beer Styles

Cream Ale: An American original

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Who created it and why is it called a cream ale? Alright, these are the two questions Gordon doesn’t have an answer for — but for everything else related to cream ale, he’s got a great story to tell of one of the iconic American styles of beer.

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Brewing Traditional Scottish Ales

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The beer styles of Scotland have been misunderstood for years. While entire books have been written on these beers, it seems that many brewers and beer enthusiasts have focused on minor points, amplified incorrect information, broadly generalized the country, and taken homebrewer techniques as traditional commercial brewing methods. This really isn’t unique to Scotland, as

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The Intersection of Wine and Beer

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Many brewers are first drawn to homebrewing for the creativity and experimentation involved, and one of the easiest ways to add a new dimension to an already-understood style of beer is adding


Fall Lagers

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Winds of change are in the air and the time has come to start brewing fall-time lagers. Denny and Drew offer their best tips and techniques to craft a fine lager to enjoy as the leaves fall.

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Rauchbier

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A classic rauchbier can be an acquired taste. Those that appreciate the style know the depth of character found in them. Learn the history and the nuances to brew one yourself.

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Two Brews: Tips from the Pros

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Coffee beer doesn’t need to limit you to porters and stouts. We asked pros who brew a coffee lager, golden stout, and imperial stout to share their brewing methods.

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Brewing with Coffee

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One thing that you will find in common among professional brewers is that we usually drink more coffee throughout our day than we do beer. Some of us just need a caffeine fix to get us started on the right track for the day, while others are more connoisseurs in the coffee world. When it

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Belgian Pale Ale: The Pride of Antwerp

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We here at BYO spoke and Gordon listened . . . check out the history and keys to making a Belgian pale ale that would make an Antwerpian proud (if that is what they are called).

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Brewing Award-Winning Irish Red Ales

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Irish red ale is a rather simplistic style to brew. It often only has one hop addition for the sake of bitterness, it doesn’t require any unique ingredients or brewing methods, and can be turned around pretty quickly. However, there’s a big difference between a beer that simply meets the requirements, and an Irish red

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The Hardest Styles to Brew

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We at Brew Your Own recently posed a question to the readership on social media asking what styles they find hardest to brew, and why. The answers, as you’ll see, varied from lagers to traditional ales, to newer styles and specialty beers. Well, the editors of BYO aren’t just going to leave you hanging and

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California Common Beer: Nothing to get steamed up about

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One of few beer styles that can call America its home is the California common. Gordon Strong traces the history, outlines the profile, and discusses the keys to nailing this style.

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Braggot

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Braggots are often described as a happy marriage of beer and mead — the harmonious synthesis of malt and honey. But they are more than simply beers with some honey, or meads with a little malt. Instead, they are something unique where those flavors are fully integrated with one another. Braggots have ancient origins, as

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