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Blending Your Beer

November 16, 2018
Blending Beer

Blending beer is a way to make new what you’ve already got. You can blend different beer styles, barrel-aged and non-barrel-aged beers, portions of each batch of the same recipe, or various ages of the same recipe. Make a new beer that is even more delicious than its various parts. Here are all the different ways to tackle blending, though you could surely even blend these ways to blend. 😜 Ways to Blend Blending various ages of the same recipe…

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Smooth, Creamy, Decadent Pastry Stouts

October 24, 2018
Pastry Stout

It’s that time of year again when we crave bold, boozy, and indulgent beers that warm us in the colder weather. Pastry stouts made a large impression last winter, with vocal critics and fans popularizing this new name for a recognizable stout sub-category that consumers were loving. To be completely clear, “pastry beer” and “pastry stout” aren’t beer styles – you will not find them in the BJCP Guidelines. They are terms the craft beer community has formulated to refer…

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What Do Fresh Hop, Wet Hop, Dry Hopped, and Double Dry Hopped Mean?

October 17, 2018
Wet Hop Fresh Hop Dry Hopped

I know that you’ve seen these buzzwords emblazoned across cans and bottles in your local beer spot many times. In fact, I am confident that you are seeing more “wet hop” and “fresh hop” beers at this time because the hop harvest season just finished. Let’s unpack what the big deal is. “Hop” Beers vs. “Hopped” Beers I continue to see and hear “fresh hopped”, “wet hopped,” and “dry hopped” used side by side, so when I set out to…

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What is a Cream Ale?

April 20, 2018
Cream Ale

Cream ales are silky, drinkable, and perfect for warmer weather. But let’s get one thing straight – they do not contain milk products. Cream simply refers to the smooth mouthfeel of this cold-fermented ale. In the late 19th century, the stream of German immigrants to the United States increased the popularity of lager and pilsner beer styles. Though brewers in the Northeast were brewing mostly ales at the time, they decided to strategize to keep up with the trend. The…

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Know Your Ales

April 17, 2018
know your ales

In your pursuit of beer knowledge, collected to ensure you enjoy every tall glass of rich suds you drink, you are sure to deal with the ales vs. lagers split. If you’re here to figure out what the difference is, and where the two types diverge, that’s a different blog. Find the Ales vs. Lagers blog here. If you just want to know what all qualifies as an ale, you’ve come to the right blog. Folks tend to assume all…

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The Hazy IPA

February 12, 2018
hazy ipa

Hazy IPAs have been trending for the last few years, and though they’ve carved out a substantial space in the craft beer world, they are a nameless darling that can be tricky to ask for at your local beer spot. What do I ask for? By BJCP standards, hazy IPAs are a “Specialty IPA,” and not an “American IPA” as many assume because of the style’s regional ties. The BJCP Guidelines define the common element of Specialty IPAs as a…

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What Makes Beer Sessionable?

April 28, 2017
session beer

With craft beer becoming increasingly popular over time, more and more beers are hitting the double-digit-ABV range, with some even reaching up to 20 percent ABV. Having just one bottle of this boozy beer might have you headed straight to bed! This spawned a need for a lighter, more drinkable beer, and the comeback of the “session beer.” While beer experts might throw around ABV numbers, you might be wondering, “what exactly is ABV?” It stands for “alcohol by volume”,…

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What is a Malt Liquor? + A Brief History Defending Its Honor

October 24, 2016
Malt Liquor

American malt liquor often gets a bad rap as “sleazy,” “bottom shelf,” or somehow exclusively for drunkards because of the inexpensive adjuncts added to the malted barley to get a higher ABV in the finished beer. Let us not forget that malt liquor is brewed with much the same ingredients and processes of strong American-style lagers, in fact, if you’re ever enjoyed an HG (High Gravity) Lager, you’re essentially drinking malt liquor. Legally, the term “malt liquor” includes any alcoholic…

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Gose

August 5, 2016
Gose Beer

So, what qualifies a beer to be a “sour beer?” If you’ve ever sipped one of those green-bottled Belgian fruit beers, enjoyed a Berliner Weisse, or tried out an American Wild Ale – you already know a bit about sour beers. They are clean, tart, tangy, and not your average beer. Though nowadays brewers produce beer in a sterile environment, where wild yeast or bacteria should not contaminate – all beers were sours at one time. By that I mean…

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American Amber Ale

June 17, 2016
American Amber Ale

Simply put, an Amber ale is a pale ale that has been brewed with amber malt, and possibly some crystal malt, which gives it that amber color. Similar to other American styled beers, it gets its name from the American ingredients that it uses; most notably are the hops. In typical American fashion, there is a lot of leeway on the interpretation of the Amber Ale. With the addition of the pale malt, it is said to balance the hops…

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