Topic: Beer Styles

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 popular Belgian beer style. There are many well-known commercial examples and it shows up quite frequently as a spring or summer seasonal at

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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 barbeque. I had been playing around with different malts by that time and I quickly realized that smoked malt was a completely different

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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 IPA. Add to that double IPA and Black IPA (or Cascadian Dark Ale). We are even starting to see variations like white IPA,

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Bohemian Pilsner

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The pale, bitter, hoppy lager known best to American homebrewers as Bohemian Pilsner and typified by the classic example Pilsner Urquell is also called Czech Pilsner, Czech Premium Pale Lager, Svetly Lezak, Svetle Specialni Pivo, or simply Pilsner. But why does it have so many names? The answer depends mostly on who you are, where

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German Pilsener

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The Pils — short for Pilsner or Pilsener — is the northern German adaptation of the world’s first-ever blond lager, the original Czech Plzensky Prazdroj, which is more commonly known by its German name of Pilsner Urquell. The Plzensky Prazdroj was first brewed in 1842, in the Bohemian city of Plzen (Pilsen), by the Mestansky

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Best Bitter

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I just returned from a visit to London where I attended the Great British Beer Festival. London has always been a favorite of mine. The city, its people, its history, and its beer make for a wonderful experience. During my previous visits, the beer has always been about either mass-market lager or traditional British ales

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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, and some Scottish ales used gooseberries and elderberries, but references can be found for fruit in intervening years until the 1930s. Many of

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