Méthode Traditionnelle attempts to define a growing category of American-made, Lambic-inspired beers

An increasing number of American breweries are making beers similar to Belgian Lambics using traditional methods, such as spontaneous fermentations, turbid mashes, long boils, barrel aging, etc., along with traditional ingredients such as raw/unmalted wheat and aged hops. Some are even blending one-, two-, and three-year-old batches, similar to Belgian Gueuze [...]

Méthode Traditionnelle attempts to define a growing category of American-made, Lambic-inspired beers2018-10-18T13:21:20-07:00

Beer Review #60 — Commons Bourbon Little Brother

  Happy Snow Day! I thought I left Colorado to avoid the snow, but truth is I love the snow...In small doses. I can do a snow day here or there, just don't give me sustained temperatures below 10º with snow and ice that never seems to fade. A nice fresh [...]

Beer Review #60 — Commons Bourbon Little Brother2018-10-18T13:21:44-07:00

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

Blaine’s first brewery in planning

As much as some would like to believe, the Blaine Act (which initiated the repeal of the 18th Amendment and was later adopted as the 21st Amendment) wasn’t named after the thriving rum running and bootlegging scene around Blaine, Washington, during Prohibition. The Blaine Act was sponsored by Wisconsin Senator John [...]

Blaine’s first brewery in planning2015-07-22T08:33:06-07:00

Journey to Westvleteren in search of the elusive 12

When I lived in Richmond, Virginia, in the late ’90s, I frequented a small bottle shop that always stocked new and exciting beers. On one visit, the shop owner encouraged me to buy one of the bottles of Westvleteren 12 that he had recently brought back from Belgium. I had never [...]

Journey to Westvleteren in search of the elusive 122018-10-18T13:28:11-07:00
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