Mix it up

If variety is the spice of life then the mix pack is as spicy as it gets in the beer world. Assorted 12-packs have become incredibly popular with craft brewers and drinkers alike. One of the most exciting things about craft beer is the exhaustive number of beers available to beerdoes. While there are plenty … Continue reading Mix it up

Pioneers of Pale Ale

Since we are in the midst of American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19), this week I have been thinking of craft beer's origin story. While there are countless people who have contributed to the movement, American craft beer was really founded by three people, one hop and one beer style: pale ale. Those cascades though … Continue reading Pioneers of Pale Ale

The classic brews of winter

Up until the past two hundred years, many beer styles were identified by the season in which they were produced. Although commercial refrigeration has allowed most beer styles to be brewed year round, winter ales remain one of the few styles that are still only released during their own season.  For millennia there has been … Continue reading The classic brews of winter

What’s brewing in Japan

When you think of Japanese beer, the rice-driven lagers from such breweries as Sapporo, Kirin, and Asahi, are often the first to come to mind. While these certainly are nice beers for their respective style, they hardly represent the ingenuity and expressive flavors that come from the smaller Japanese brewers. Look for Japanese beers in … Continue reading What’s brewing in Japan

Beer espionage in March

March always makes me think of October. No, it's not that I've forgotten what month comes next. Before refrigeration, brewing was a seasonal affair. March and April marked the end of the brewing season. Summer brought warm weather and an increased microbial presence in the air that encouraged beer spoilage. The summer months were so … Continue reading Beer espionage in March

Citrus IPAs: The flavor of summer

Orange juice isn't just for mimosas. From the bitter orange peels used in the brewing of witbiers to the lemon soda blended with beer to make a shandy, and especially the ever growing citrus IPA style, citrus fruits have often found their way into beer. Citrus fruits and beer make a particularly potent combination during … Continue reading Citrus IPAs: The flavor of summer