Writer: Jamil Zainasheff

American Pale Ale

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“A middle of the road, more malt and hop balanced American PA.” — Jamil Zainasheff

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Specialty IPA

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When I started brewing, there was only one style category for India pale ale. Just a single category, no subcategories. Several years later, people had begun talking about the differences between English

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Double IPA

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Like many people, when I was new to craft beer I favored beers that had a maltier balance, ones that were not so bitter. At that time, a homebrew shop owner told

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American IPA

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The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has distinguished four different IPA styles: English, American, double, and specialty (which has numerous sub-categories). Some people further specify American IPAs as being a “West Coast”

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English IPA

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India pale ale was first created when an enterprising brewer crafted a beer to better survive the long sea voyage from England to India in the late 18th century. It is said

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Maibock

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by the numbers OG: 1.064–1.072 (15.7–17.5 °P) FG: 1.011–1.018 (2.8–4.6 °P) SRM: 6–11 IBU: 23–35 ABV: 6.3–7.4% I have always been a fan of German-style lagers. In fact, my love of the

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Kölsch

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.050 (11–12.4 °P) FG: 1.007–1.011 (1.8–2.8 °P) SRM: 3.5–5 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 4.4–5.2% My first time wandering the streets of Cologne was a magical moment. In between dramatic

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Irish Red

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.060 FG: 1.010–1.014 SRM: 9–18 IBU: 17–28 ABV: 4.0–6.0% Fritz Maytag, of Anchor Brewing fame, during a speech many years ago, explained how the “story” around something is

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Imperial/Double IPA

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by the numbers OG: 1.070–1.090 (17–21.6 °P) FG: 1.010–1.020 (2.6–5.1 °P) SRM: 8–15 IBU: 60–120 ABV: 7.5–10% Like many people, when I was new to craft beer I favored beers with a

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Gose

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by the numbers OG: 1.036–1.052 FG: 1.006–1.012 SRM: 3–6 IBU: 5–12 ABV: 3.9–4.9 I know it was more than a decade ago when I first heard of Gose (pronounced goes-uh), a 1,000-year-old

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German Pils

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.050 (11–12.4 °P) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 2–5 IBU: 25–45 ABV: 4.4–5.2% German Pilsner recipes seem so simple, but brewing a perfect example is a challenge that

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German Hefeweizen

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.052 (11–12.9 °P) FG: 1.010–1.014 (2.6–3.6 °P) SRM: 2–8 IBU: 8–15 ABV: 4.3–5.6% Most people seem to either love or hate German wheat beers based on early taste

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