North Coast Brewing Co. Makes Refreshing Pilsner

With springtime upon us, it’s time to start enjoying one of my favorite beer styles, Pilsner. This light lager style is typically hops-forward, with crisp malt flavors and moderate to high carbonation. Pilsners are typically light in color and body and are hopped with German and Czech varieties, which lend… Continued

Ommegang’s Hennepin Saison is spicy, complex

Farmhouse ales, or saisons, which is French for “seasons,” are so named because they were traditionally brewed as refreshments for farmhands in rural Belgium. Because refrigeration had not yet been invented, brewing during the summer months was not feasible due to the possibility of airborne bacteria spoiling the beer. Brewers… Continued

Subtle hop character in Vermont Spring Bock

Vermont is perhaps best known for its charming small towns, exquisite maple syrup and roving throngs of bearded hippies. But Vermont is also home to several outstanding microbreweries, one of which is Otter Creek Brewing Co. in Middlebury. Otter Creek started as a small microbrewery in 1991, long before the… Continued