Why there’s a lack of love for (craft) lagers

Lagers dominate the beer market in the United States. By volume, they make up more than three-fourths of the market, and the top 20 best-selling beers in America are all lagers. But in the craft beer segment, lagers make up the minority. Craft breweries mostly produce ales, and ales are overwhelmingly [...]

Why there’s a lack of love for (craft) lagers2018-10-18T13:22:58-07:00

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

New Seattle brewery rejects beer styles

There are so many new breweries opening these days that it’s difficult to keep up with them all (and that’s a great thing). But when I heard about Optimism Brewing and its unique approaches, I put it high on my list of new breweries to visit. And after doing a hike in the snowy mountains near [...]

New Seattle brewery rejects beer styles2018-10-18T13:23:12-07:00

Regional differences among IPAs in America

When the craft beer movement was gaining momentum in the late 1990s, there seemed to be a clear distinction between your average West Coast IPA and your average East Coast IPA. In the West, IPAs tended to be more boldly hopped (with high-alpha, Northwest-grown hops), drier, lighter in color, and more [...]

Regional differences among IPAs in America2018-10-18T13:23:57-07:00

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

Oktoberfest! The Munich event, the beer style, Chuckanut’s upcoming event

Oktoberfest in Munich Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, runs from the second-to-last Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October. It began more than 200 years ago as a wedding reception – featuring a horse race – after the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Over time, the [...]

Oktoberfest! The Munich event, the beer style, Chuckanut’s upcoming event2018-10-18T13:27:33-07:00
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