Homebrew Diaries: Making a kettle-soured beer

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 [...]

Homebrew Diaries: Making a kettle-soured beer2018-10-18T13:21:15-07:00

Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA

Happy Monday folks and welcome back for another Tap Trail Review. As it continues to warm, albeit slowly, I keep reaching for lighter and brighter offerings. Todays offering comes from Salt Lake City's Uinta Brewing. Back in Colorado I would find myself consistently reaching for their flagship Hop Nosh IPA, it [...]

Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA2018-10-18T13:21:36-07:00

On the sour ale surge

I’ve been thinking a lot about sour ales lately. Not only because I love to drink them and I love to make them (I currently have 8 different batches of sour ale fermenting right now), but because they’re exploding in popularity. Every time I visit Elizabeth Station, I find at least [...]

On the sour ale surge2018-10-18T13:22:05-07:00

Beer Review #49 — Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse

Ah the venerable Berlinerweisse, the approachable lightly tart German wheat beer. A delicious low alcohol treat on a hot summers day. I much prefer a clean and tangy Berlinerweisse to a sweet and sticky Radler on warm days like we've been having lately. These sour wheats do have a broad spectrum [...]

Beer Review #49 — Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse2018-10-18T13:22:09-07:00

Taming wild terms: mixed-fermentation, 100% Brett, spontaneously fermented, Lambic, wild, sour, farmhouse

With the rise in popularity of mixed-fermentation beers, 100-percent Brett beers, spontaneously fermented beers and Lambics, wild ales, sour ales and farmhouse beers, the terms that define these beers get tossed around more and more. Some of these terms are used interchangeably, and some people interpret them differently, adding confusion. To [...]

Taming wild terms: mixed-fermentation, 100% Brett, spontaneously fermented, Lambic, wild, sour, farmhouse2018-10-18T13:22:27-07:00

Beer Review #43 — Crux [BANISHED] Freakcake 2016

I put little superstition or thought into Friday the 13th, it is just another day. However this most recent one, donned "Freaky Friday" by our beer brothers at Crux Fermentation Project brought us the release of something quite special and unexpected. My ears, and taste-buds always perk up when I see or hear [...]

Beer Review #43 — Crux [BANISHED] Freakcake 20162018-10-18T13:22:40-07:00

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

Wander Brewing’s Barrel Project expands with new foeder

Wander Brewing recently increased its Barrel Project capacity by 620 gallons, after it purchased and installed a brand-new, 20-barrel foeder. This new vessel adds to Wander’s growing arsenal of more than 80 barrels. A foeder (pronounced FOOD-er, and also spelled foedre or foudre) is a large oak vat that is often [...]

Wander Brewing’s Barrel Project expands with new foeder2018-10-18T13:23:04-07:00

Beer Review #20 — Paradox Beer Co. – In The Spirit Of Skully Barrel No. 3 Dark Sour

par·a·dox / ˈperəˌdäks / noun / A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory. Paradox is quite an interesting name to choose for a brewery, but this little known brewery from Divide, CO, nestled off Highway 24 [...]

Beer Review #20 — Paradox Beer Co. – In The Spirit Of Skully Barrel No. 3 Dark Sour2018-10-18T13:24:46-07:00

Beer Review #12 — TRiNiTY Brewing Company — Magical Brettanomyces Tour #2

Welcome back craft beer dabblers, aficionados, advocates, and stewards. Let's get a little crazy this week with some wild yeast! Yes I said wild yeast, those who are uninitiated or skeptical of this, do not fear! Wild yeast is a magical thing and will bring you many new beer horizons. Let's get [...]

Beer Review #12 — TRiNiTY Brewing Company — Magical Brettanomyces Tour #22018-10-18T13:27:40-07:00

Beer Review #9 — Ecliptic Brewing Ultra Violet Blackberry Sour

Hello again craft beer fanatics! Summer is in full swing here in Bellingham and we've been in the midst of a bit of a heat wave. As such, we're always looking for ways to quench our thirst for craft beer. Whether it be an old standby or a new release, such as [...]

Beer Review #9 — Ecliptic Brewing Ultra Violet Blackberry Sour2018-10-18T13:28:01-07:00

Beer Review #8 — Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett

Greetings and happy fourth to you all! I trust you are all enjoying some delicious craft beer during this holiday weekend. I always look forward to holidays to break out or conquer at least one special or rare beer. This holiday is no exception and I have been very excited to topple [...]

Beer Review #8 — Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett2018-10-18T13:28:03-07:00

Beer Review #6 — Grand Teton Brewing: Sour Grand Saison

Up for review today, just in time to celebrate these warm temperatures, is a great farmhouse ale from Grand Teton Brewing. Synonymously called a Saison, these beers are hearty, often strong, bright and hazy ales. Classically these were brewed in the Winter months, and meant to condition in the Spring so that [...]

Beer Review #6 — Grand Teton Brewing: Sour Grand Saison2015-06-18T08:23:46-07:00

Beer Review #1: Crooked Stave St. Bretta Winter

  First up is a new to me Crooked Stave offering – St. Bretta Winter. I've had a few others of theirs, but grabbed this one on a bit of a whim. Having just left Colorado and moved to Washington, Crooked Stave was a brewery that I did not expect to find here. [...]

Beer Review #1: Crooked Stave St. Bretta Winter2018-10-18T13:28:40-07:00
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