American Style Lager: The Democratically Elected Head of Beer
The American Style lager, the beer of backyard BBQs and baseball. The beer of our parents and grandparents and likely the first beer you tasted and then tasted a little too much of. It’s one of the most popular beer styles, brewed by some of the biggest breweries and it’s also about as American as […]
Style Profile: Mexican Amber Lager
On one side of the beer fridge you have your Vienna Lager. It’s brewed with the finest Vienna and Munich malts for a dry and malty body balanced by firm hop bitterness. Developed in 1841 after Anton Dehrer outfitted his Austrian brewery with an English-style kiln, it’s the original amber lager. Over on the other […]
IPA Is Still Cool, Right? Cold IPA Revisited
Since we first wrote about Cold IPAs a year ago they’ve become much more common on taplists, retail shelves, and in the beer blogosphere. This summer we’re coming in hot to revisit Cold IPA: what it is, what it isn’t, and what makes it go. What it is Cold IPA fuses classic West Coast IPA […]
The Chilly & The Crispy – What’s A Cold IPA?
It’s common in the craftbrewing industry for new trends to emerge from the creative brainwaves of brewers. One of the latest emerging trends however, has left people scratching their heads. Meet the Cold IPA.
Corny Bois: Flaked Maize for Light Lagers
Spring, and a brewer’s attention turns to Crispy Bois: Mexican-style lagers, pre-Prohibition and American lagers, and other warm-weather crushers.
Style Profile: Irish Whiskey
The history of whiskey is intimately connected to Ireland, with distilling thought to have begun in that country as early as the 11th century and has remained a major center of production since. The word itself comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, “water of life.”
Rye for American Whiskies
Rye whiskey has deep roots in the United States, with a history that dates back to the colonial days. A combination of changing tastes and Prohibition almost killed it off, but it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance as more new distillers and craft spirit enthusiasts rediscover its charms. Here’s a quick primer on different […]
Mashing: cereal vs. malt
The first step in producing spirit from cereal grains is mashing. Style, equipment and tradition may influence the choice of process, but the raw materials themselves will be the biggest factor. The distiller must make the right decision based on the ingredients.