Topic: Brewing History

The Mysteries of Dark Lagers

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Explore the mysterious history of dark lagers; from when they were dark unintentionally to purposely, and the rise of bottom-fermented beers in Bavaria. Plus: 6 dark lager recipes.


Isle of Man

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With just four breweries producing beer for 80,000 residents, Isle of Man in the North Sea is an offshoot in United Kingdom beer culture. It now finds itself at a point where new-age beers and historic styles live side-by-side. Learn about the brewing culture and techniques, plus 3 Isle of Man clone recipes.


Munich Dunkel: The original brown lager of Bavaria

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Munich dunkel captures historical Bavarian brewing in a glass: Munich malt, decoction mashing, and clean, smooth lager character.


Belgian Blond Ale: The best known Belgian Abbey beer

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Some people have asked me how I choose the styles to write about in this column. At the start, it was easy — I just started writing about new styles in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. But after I wrote about all of those, I now have a free hand to pick a style. Sometimes


Beers From the Top of the World

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“Denmark?” my wife asks, slightly incredulously. “Denmark,” I say. It was Valentine’s Day 2010 and my wife and I had just finished up a fairly extensive beer tasting of commercial offerings of chocolate, coffee and vanilla stouts. The line up of beers was a present to my wife who — luckily for me — doesn’t want


Take Me to Your Liter

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One of the things that makes drinking beer in Germany unique from North America is that depending where in the country you are, the beer style you find will be different. Take a beer-style tour of Germany to discover some of the most notable German beer styles (plus recipes) and the regions they come from.


Raw Ale

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A whole other type of beer exists in northern Europe known as “raw ale.” It is not so much a style, but rather a technique. The major feature that sets raw ale apart is that it is never boiled. Learn the history, stories, and techniques behind raw ale.


Make Mine a Ballantine

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During the late 1960s and 1970s, when I was young and did a fair amount of traveling, one beer I was fond of was Ballantine XXX Ale. It was an ale rather than a lager, and it had a very noticeable hop character and presence. At a time when other American beers were becoming increasingly


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.


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


Pre-Prohibition Porter

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by the numbers OG: 1.046–1.060 FG:1.010–1.016 SRM:18–30 IBU:20–30 ABV:4.5–6% The United States has been called the melting pot, but that metaphor was meant to describe cultural assimilation of immigrants not the creation of beer styles. However, I think it also works to talk about taking a popular beer style from England, having it brewed by


Prohibition-Era Homebrew Club

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Next time you go to a homebrew club meeting, take a look around. You will see friends and people who share a passion for crafting beer at home. More important, you do not see a group of people defying state and Federal law by producing beer. Yet, if you rewind a century earlier, you would


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