Writer: BYO Staff


Barrel Aging: Tips from the Pros

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Barrel-aging craft brewers explain why oak isn’t just for wine or whiskey.


Cover of the Brew Your Own music video

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The Greater Everett (WA) Brewers League created this fun music video "Cover of the Brew Your Own" for the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference.


2012 BYO Label Contest Winners

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Check out the winners of the 2012 BYO Label Contest.


2011 Label Contest Winners

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The winners of our 2011 Label Contest — their beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder.   


Goose Island’s Honkers Ale clone

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Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a spicy hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only a beer drinkers can trust but one they’ll look forward to.


Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale ’55 clone

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Pennant is a well-crafted pale ale brewed as a tribute to Brooklyn’s world champion baseball team of 1955. (That would be the Dodgers, who actually beat the Yanks in that crosstown series.)

Pennant pours with a dense light-beige head that sits on a chestnut-colored beer. The aroma is complex and malty, with a hint of freshly baked bread. The full malt flavor is balanced with a clean hop background. English hops provide a moderate bitterness that complements the smooth mouthfeel. The aftertaste is dry with a hint of hops.


Hop Til You Drop California Common Beer

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Though not super hoppy, California Common is a style that shows off the aromatic power of homegrown hops very nicely.


Smithwick’s Premium Irish Ale clone

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When my wife and I visited Ireland, we really enjoyed our share of Smithwick’s Ale. Smithwick’s is a light-bodied, copper-colored Irish Red ale with a pleasant hint of roastiness and a dry finish. Here’s a  successful homebrew version of Smithwick’s.
Randy & Amy Germann — San Antonio, Texas


Midnight Sun Brewing Full Curl Scotch Ale clone

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Full Curl is a wee heavy strong Scotch ale coming in at about 7% alcohol by volume.


Peanut Butter Cup Sweet Stout

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I used peanut butter extract and cordial oil, but you could also use 6 oz. of natural peanut butter that you pour off the oil and add it at intervals during the boil just like the cocoa powder is added.


Hobgoblin Gingerbread

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This holiday dessert is spicy, moist and delicious!

Tess and Mark Szamatulski, owners of Maltose Express in Monroe, Connecticut.


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