Topic: Beer Styles

Award-Winning Fruit Beers

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History According to Randy Mosher’s book Radical Brewing, fruit beer is both an ancient and modern 20th century invention. He notes that ancient Egyptians referred to the use of dates and pomegranates,

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Kentucky Common: Style Profile

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Kentucky common is one of the few truly indigenous beer styles in the United States, along with California common (steam beer) and cream ale.

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Brett Beer – American Wild Ale

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Brett beer is one of the three styles in the new American wild ale category of the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program style guide and is wide open to interpretation.

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What style should I barrel-age?

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One of the most common beer types to age in bourbon barrels is strong stout. The rich, roasted flavors from the stout marry well with oak, vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon notes from

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The Mighty Pale Ale

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History, techniques and recipes from 17th-century England to today. Pale Ale From 17th century England to your carboy Pale ale originated in England about two hundred years ago when some brewers started

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2 Distinct Approaches to 1 Big Beer: Barleywine Clones

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Brewed for centuries but not officially named until the previous one, barleywine is a bit of an enigma. It can be light or dark, hoppy or malty. The alcohol presence can be

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Award-Winning American Pale Ale

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It’s been about nine years since I last wrote about American pale ales, and with a lot of evolution to the style in the time since, it’s time to revisit the style

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Catharina Sour – A Brazilian kettle-soured fruit beer

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The Brazilians stressed that tropical fruit isn’t required, but fresh fruit is – it is a fruit-forward beer, and you want the best examples you can find . . .


Russian Imperial Stout Clones & Brewing Tips

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When you’re talking beer and you say “stout,” some things come immediately to mind, most notably the words “dark” and “roasty.” When you say “imperial stout,” however, you’ve just left the realm


American Brown Ale

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Last May, I was in Argentina to judge and speak at the South Beer Cup, sort of the Great American Beer Festival of South America. I spent several hours traveling with Pete

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Milkshake IPA: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Michael Tonsmeire,  Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD Milkshake IPA is one of the latest adaptations in the Specialty IPA category, but many would argue against this nomenclature. With very subdued hop

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Mexican Lager

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When I recently wrote about grisette being a type of saison, I hadn’t expected to write a similar column about lagers but I keep getting questions that spark my interest. This time,

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