Beyond the four main ingredients in beer (malted barley, hops, water and yeast), many brewers also use a variety of other ingredients, including spices, chocolate, fruits, vegetables, sugars, roots, you name it. But some brewers take things a bit further by adding extremely uncommon or shocking ingredients. Sometimes they do this as gimmicky marketing [...]
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Gose is a German-style sour wheat beer that originated in the Middle Ages. Since 1740, it has been associated with Leipzig, Germany, but the style originated in Goslar, Germany, which is adjacent to the Gose River. At one time, Gose was a very popular beer, but it fell out of favor [...]
Sour ales, or beers that feature acidic and tart qualities derived from one or more strains of lactic acid bacteria, can be made in many different ways. Generally speaking, there are traditional, long-aged sour ales and there are quick/wort-soured sour ales. Most of the commercial sour ales on the market are [...]
OSB's new taproom in Twisp. Photo by TwispWorks. Winthrop-based Old Schoolhouse Brewery just opened a new taproom in Twisp, which features 21+ taps of OSB beers and others. The taproom is a part of TwispWorks, “a place where people and ideas come together and where creative enterprise thrives.” TwispWorks [...]
Structures Brewing Crypt Key is a mixed fermentation IPA that simply blew me away. It was served in 10oz stemmed glassware and topped by a creamy white head. Crypt Key clocks in at 7% abv, has an orange-gold hue, and is moderately hazy. It's an attractive beer in all respects. [...]
Any self respecting beer lover has at least peered through brewpub windows at the stainless hardware in the brewery, where the magic (blood, sweat, and tears) happens. Most of us have set foot in a real brewery to dream about what goes on inside those shiny vessels. Some of us [...]
Once again winemaking equipment pops up in the beer world, this time right in the name of one of Wander Brewing’s latest releases, Foeder WƎN. Pronounced Food-er, a foeder is a large wooden vat that is used to age beer. You are probably familiar with barrel-aged beers, where brewers often [...]
Pint Points The Green Frog is hosting a couple of awesome Bellingham Beer Week events including a showcase of the best breweries from The Gorge area AND a showcase of breweries from Skagit County. Wander and Melvin Brewing are teaming up for a secret Popup Fest for Bellingham Beer Week. Read [...]
Not all sour beers are created equally. Literally. The traditional way of the Belgian brewers was to leave the wort in avessel that was wide and shallow, in a room with windows open to the elements. The natural yeasts and bacterias in the air would “infect” the wort. After primary [...]
One of the growing trends in the American craft brewing scene the last few years has been the emergence of “sour” beers. This is a very broad term, and covers a lot of territory. A lot of the use of souring “bugs” such as Brettanomyces (of which there are several [...]