Writer: Josh Weikert

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company: Neshaminator Wheat Bock clone

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A traditional German wheat bock with a twist. Breaking from tradition, Neshaminy Creek adds orange blossom honey to add orange background notes.


Iron Hill Brewery: Bridge Street Bock clone

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This beer won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup. Brewer Tim Stumpf notes that he likes to add a sprinkle of calcium chloride to promote round, smooth maltiness in this beer.


The Mitten Brewing Company: Label Up clone

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Co-owner Chris Andrus wants to make it clear that “this is NOT a novelty beer.” Label Up is “first and foremost a brown ale.” The maple and pecan flavors are not intended to create an overly-sweet palate and should not prevent anyone from enjoying multiple pints of it!


Surly Brewing Co.’s Bender clone

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Bender is a category-bending American brown ale brewed with oat crystal malt. It is described by the brewery as “crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, bitter coffee, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream.”


Brasserie Saint James: The Wit Album

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This Reno, Nevada brewery’s witbier is a cloudy pale yellow and features spicy, fruity, citrus aromas.


Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Ops clone

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Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Ops clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.098 FG = 1.018 IBU = 28 SRM = 45 ABV = 10.7% Ingredients15 lbs. (6.8 kg) 2-row pale malt 1.25 lbs. (0.57 kg) British crystal malt (77 °L) 0.5 lbs. (0.23 g) black malt 0.5 lbs. (0.23 g) British chocolate malt 0.25 lbs.


How to Become a Certified Beer Judge

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Being a homebrewer, it’s only a matter of time before you come into contact with the world of beer judging. You’ll meet judges at homebrew club meetings. You’ll overhear conversations or read about homebrewing competitions, either in your area or nationally. You’ll want to get purely objective feedback on your beer, and someone will recommend


5 Spring Seasonal Craft Clone Recipes

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Ah, spring! Everyone knows what spring evokes, right? I’m sure we all know the songs and seasonal carols about whatever we cook in spring; and the smells of it, whatever it is, when we gather together for those spring holidays that have those traditional foods that we all know . . . OK, I admit


Brewing South of the Border Cerveza Mexican-Style Lagers

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They seem to be everywhere these days. And I’m not just talking about a certain clear-glassed bottle with a lime sticking out of it. More and more, we’re seeing craft breweries producing versions of these crisp and refreshing beers, which seem to be ideally suited to warm days, sand between the toes, and a sunset


Santa Fe Brewing’s State Pen Porter: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, My daughter was visiting Cedar Crest, New Mexico, and had the pleasure of drinking State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company. She said it was the best porter she had ever had. It’s not available within 200 miles (320 km) of where I live and I really want to try it. I hope not to find myself in the


Odell Brewing’s Isolation Ale Clone: Replicator

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  Dear Replicator, I’ve been a long-time reader and subscriber and finally have a question to ask which hasn’t been answered in either your great magazine or on the interwebs. I am a BIG fan of Odell Isolation Ale, but have been unable to find a clone recipe. I was hoping your team would be able to help me


Hop Combinations

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Paradoxically, recipe construction is at once an element of the brewing process that gets far too much attention — and also not enough. It gets too much attention in that too many brewers look at recipes as magic spells that, when properly constituted, will lead them to homebrewing nirvana. They tinker, tweak, and adjust. They


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