In honor of the close of Oktoberfest, I decided to find a new, American example of a beer style that I haven’t tried before. This was not terribly difficult, as it seems every microbrewery in the U.S. is putting out an Oktoberfest (or Maerzen as the style is properly called) these days. I settled on […]
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Munich recently began the world’s largest beer festival, namely Oktoberfest, which is ironically held in September. The festival traditionally runs for the 15 days prior to the first Sunday in October, ending on that day, but the schedule has been modified to extend the period to always include German Unity Day (October 3). This year […]
As the new school year begins, I thought a quick primer on beer would be appropriate. First, beer is simultaneously “just beer” and anything but. By this I mean that beer is just a drink, but like most things, it’s more complicated than it appears at first. Webster’s dictionary defines beer as “an alcoholic beverage […]
Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack, featuring a six-pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine Pils pilsner and HopBack Amber American amber ale, has been the theme of my summer reviews. I love all these beers and almost always have one of these variety packs in my fridge because it has something […]
The beer for this week is the third in a series I’m doing this summer on Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack. This case features a six-pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine Pils pilsner and HopBack Amber Ale. I love all these beers and almost always have one of these variety […]
The beer for this week is the second in a series I’m doing this summer on Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack. This case features a six pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine American pilsner and HopBack Amber American amber ale. I love all these beers and almost always have one […]
The beer this week begins a series I’m doing over the summer on Troegs Anthology No. 1 variety pack. This features a six-pack each of Dream Weaver unfiltered wheat, Pale Ale, Sunshine Pils American pilsner and Hopback Amber American amber ale. I love all these beers and almost always have one of these variety packs […]
Normally I focus on beer exclusively in this column, but over the last several years, beer has begun a resurgence as an ingredient in other things. Two of the more classic examples of this are beer-can chicken and beer bread, but I have also recently enjoyed chili and pork roast that included beer, as well […]
This week I decided to celebrate the coming brutal heat of summer by grabbing an IPA. The India pale ale style was developed in England in the 18th century at the height of the British Empire. The most popular story of the creation of this beer is that the levels of both alcohol and hops […]
The beer I grabbed for this week is Great Divide’s Claymore Scotch Ale. This beer is brewed after a style known as the “Wee Heavy,” or strong scotch ale. These beers tend to be very deeply malty with lots of earthy and caramel notes and a very reserved hop profile. These beers are the strong […]
The beers of Great Britain cover a vast range of styles, from the mild to the IPA, the Russian imperial stout to the ordinary bitter. The Scottish and Irish lands have their own contributions as well — dry stouts, red ales and unique Scottish ales. This week’s beer, however, comes from the North of England […]
Most people prefer fairly balanced beers. The combination of malt and hops provides a fairly complex taste, balancing sweetness from the malt with bitterness from the hops. Then there are hopheads. These people generally ignore malt, except as a way to spike the alcohol content, and they add hops like they’re trying to soak up […]
I keep my eye out for interesting beers from around the country, and this week I finally broke down and picked up a beer that I have been desiring for months. Stone Brewing Co. has been made quite popular by its Arrogant Bastard ale, with its bold hop profile and complex while solid malt backbone. […]
The vast majority of people are perfectly happy with lagers and, to a lesser extent, ales, and consequently never bother tasting anything else. I find this somewhat sad, as sour beers can be much more complex than your typical lager, and I enjoy them immensely. This week I grabbed a Gueuze, which is a blended […]
Although most people have been rejoicing at the early arrival of the summer weather, I have been in denial. While, like most graduate students, I rarely see natural sunlight, I also happen to like the darker months and the rich beer styles that are typically served in cool weather. This week I decided to have […]
Cider is often overlooked as an alcoholic drink, but it is deeply rooted in American history. The most famous example of this is John Chapman, known colloquially as Johnny Appleseed, who traveled the country planting apple trees. The part of this story elementary school teachers leave out is that these trees where not planted randomly […]
The warm weather of the past few weeks has finally hammered through my thick head that winter can’t last forever. I personally love winter, but I also try to make the most of each season, so I just busted out the grill for the first barbecue of the season. Now, the classic beers to have […]
The beer that I picked up this week is from a brewery that has a reputation for brewing odd and extreme beers. The American champion in this category is Dogfish Head Brewery, but over in Scotland the reigning champ is BrewDog. This brewery is best known for making the world’s second-most alcoholic beer, End of […]
Inthe smallvillageof Buggenhout, Belgium,thereis a brewery called Bosteels Brewery. This brewery has beeninthe hands of the Bosteels family for seven generations andover200 years. The brewery was established by Evarist Bosteelsin1791, and it has beenpasseddown fromfatherto son eversince. It is currently under the management of Ivo Bosteels and his son Antoine, the 6th and 7th generations, […]
While this year has not yet brought cold and wintry weather to Philadelphia, this week I sampled a brew that longs to be consumed in a log cabin in front of a crackling fireplace after trudging home through the falling snow on a cold winter’s day. The Belgian Quadrupel is a strong, dark Trappist style […]
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