A response to the hatred for haze

If you thought pumpkin beers were polarizing, there’s a new king of love-or-hate on the market: the hazy, juicy, New England-style IPA (NEIPA). For more than a decade, this IPA variant was relatively unknown outside of beer-geek circles. A handful of breweries in the Northeast – Vermont and Massachusetts in particular [...]

A response to the hatred for haze2018-10-18T13:21:13-07:00

Bale Breaker Brewing announces Harvest Collaboration Series with four breweries

Bale Breaker Brewing just announced plans to collaborate with four different breweries this hop harvest season. “Brewers from across the country are planning trips to the hop fields of Yakima Valley for our upcoming harvest,” says Jessica Hawkins, Bale Breaker’s marketing manager. "It's the perfect time to brew with some of [...]

Bale Breaker Brewing announces Harvest Collaboration Series with four breweries2018-10-18T13:21:25-07:00

The ever-evolving IPA and its many variants

By far, the India Pale Ale is the most popular style of craft beer, and I don’t see its status changing anytime soon. Every so often, another critic claims this hop-craze “trend” will fade, and that it will be replaced by the rising popularity of light lagers or the surge of saisons, [...]

The ever-evolving IPA and its many variants2018-10-18T13:21:35-07:00

The resurgence of light lagers

Decades ago, beer lovers began gravitating toward full-flavored craft beers (“micro” beers back then) while abandoning the likes of Miller, Coors, and Budweiser. The vapid light lagers that dominated the market at the time were essentially industrial products made with adjuncts (see the definitions at the end of this article) with [...]

The resurgence of light lagers2018-10-18T13:21:37-07:00

Tropical IPAs are hot

With this last round of snowstorms behind us, I think we could all use a tropical escape. But if that’s not possible, the next best thing just might be some tropical drinks, and I’m not talking sugary cocktails with tiny umbrellas. In recent times, I’ve noticed a surge of “tropical IPAs” [...]

Tropical IPAs are hot2018-10-18T13:21:41-07:00

Beer Review #45 — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016

Welcome back again beer lovers, sippers, fanatics, dabblers, and dynamos. This past weekend saw one of six Beer Camp festivals come to Seattle. Complete with 100+ breweries from across the country, hundreds of beers. Good times were had. The culmination of this has been made available to nearly everyone through the [...]

Beer Review #45 — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 20162018-10-18T13:22:33-07:00

Beer Style Profile: Lambic and Spontaneously Fermented Ale

No beer is more romantic or more connected to Mother Nature than Lambics and spontaneously fermented ales. These unique beers are defined by geography, techniques, ingredients and local microorganisms. Lambic is spontaneously fermented beer from Brussels and the Pajottenland region (also Payottenland) / Senne Valley (also Zenne) of Belgium. Lambic is more of [...]

Beer Style Profile: Lambic and Spontaneously Fermented Ale2018-10-18T13:23:00-07:00

Beer Style Profile: Saison

Saison, which means season in French, is among the most varied and wide-ranging styles of beer. Interpretations vary greatly from simple to complex, and from light (in color and strength) to dark and strong. Historically, saisons can be traced back to the nineteenth century, when they were made in small farmhouse breweries [...]

Beer Style Profile: Saison2018-10-18T13:23:11-07:00

Beer Style Profile: Imperial Stout

The imperial stout, also known as Russian imperial stout, is the granddaddy of stouts. Typically, these intensely flavored beers are mahogany-brown to inky black (SRM 35+), very strong (7-12+% ABV), heavily hopped (50-100 IBUs), full bodied, and very complex. Common flavors and aromas include dark chocolate/cocoa, caramel/toffee, coffee/espresso, and dark fruits [...]

Beer Style Profile: Imperial Stout2018-10-18T13:24:44-07:00
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