Grain is one of the key ingredients in beer, and most beers are made using barley, a common cereal grain. The barley is “malted,” which changes its chemical composition to allow for the extraction of sugars embedded in the grains. But barley is not the only option available to the brewer; indeed, many types of [...]
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Before I delve into this week’s beer, let’s talk about beer in general to develop some context. These days, most beers can be distinctly classified as either ales or lagers. Ales are usually fermented and aged warm, around the low end of room temperature. Ale yeasts are happiest at this temperature, and they convert the [...]
Last week I reviewed a light, delicate beer perfect for a summer day — the Troegs Sunshine Pils. This week I’ll be shifting gears a bit by reviewing a veritable hop bomb, Green Flash Brewing Co.’s West Coast IPA. The India pale ale style originated in England in the mid-1800s. The famed brewing waters of [...]
Summer is nearly here, and with summer comes warm weather, baseball games on TV, and of course, summer beer styles. Among the many traditional summer styles, I have to say that Pilsner is one of my favorites. And when I say Pilsner, I’m not talking about Bud Light Lime or Miller Chill. I’m talking about [...]
One of my favorite warm-weather styles is the saison, which I have been missing the past few months. So in honor of the return of air conditioning season, I took a browse through the Belgian style section and came away with Lavery Brewing Co.’s Liopard Oir Farmhouse Ale. Lavery Brewing Co. is the brainchild of [...]
Last week I wrote about Weyerbacher’s Insanity, a barrel aged barleywine. Well, this week I couldn’t resist cracking open Heresy, the bourbon barrel-aged version of Old Heathen, Weyerbacher’s Russian Imperial Stout. Why this sudden interest in barrel-aged beer, you may ask? Well, the superficial reasons are that I happen to like bourbon and that I [...]
There are a few beers that I keep my eye out for, and this week I ran across two of them, Weyerbacher Brewing Co.’s Insanity and Heresy. I’m saving the Heresy for another time, but I couldn’t resist cracking open the Insanity. Weyerbacher markets its Blithering Idiot English barleywine year round, but every February the [...]
This week has been rather warm, so I decided to crack open a lighter beer. I’ve been doing a lot of IPAs, so I went with a Belgian instead, grabbing Moab Brewery’s Tripel. Moab was started in 1996 by John Borkoski and Dave Sabey and claims to be the only brewery still in Utah, although [...]
The beer I selected for this week is a favorite of mine from the old, dependable Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada was founded in 1979 by Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi, two homebrewers who wanted to turn their hobby into a career. The company started in Chico, Calif., and draws its name from the [...]
This week I tried a beer recommended to me by the proprietor of Mad Greek’s Pizza, which happens to stock a solid selection of single beer bottles for the next time you want to try something new. This fine gentleman recommended I try Goose Island’s Sofie, which is a saison, or Belgian farmhouse ale, and [...]
First things first: Keep a watchful eye when looking for Resurrection Ale House. My companions and I learned, the hard way, of course,, that the establishment is tucked into a street corner much like a dive. Indeed, the South Philadelphia neighborhood in which married owners Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida opened RAH, their third restaurant [...]
Victory Brewing Co. was started by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski in 1996. The brewery itself is located in an old Pepperidge Farm factory, and the brewhouse has recently been upgraded to an automated 50-barrel system made by Rolec. The brewery has grown immensely in popularity since it opened, and it now distributes three of [...]
I’ve been reviewing barleywines the past few weeks, and I’ve got another one queued up for next week, but I decided to take a break and try something a bit lighter. I have a soft spot for session beers, and this week I grabbed a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Organic Best Ale. Best ale is [...]
Last week I mentioned that barleywines are good candidates for aging. What I failed to mention is that I actually have a beer-aging operation in my basement, which currently has bottles of 2008 vintage Stone Old Guardian and Rogue Old Crustacean, plus every year since. Next New Year’s Eve, I’m going to begin cracking open [...]
This week I’m starting a new series for the new calendar year: English Beers. For my New Year’s Eve party I picked up three barleywines, two sessions and an IPA, which I will write about in turn over the next month and a half. The first victim is Stone’s Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale. [...]
One of the more recent trends in brewing has been to use a wider variety of ingredients, especially compared to beers produced early in the craft beer revolution. These include the many fruit beers now commonplace in craft breweries, as well as maple syrup; various spices such as nutmeg, cardamom and yarrow; and even some [...]
This week I tasted the third beer in a series I’m doing: Innis & Gunn’s Rum Cask. This beer is a scotch ale, which is a family of beer seen only occasionally here in the United States. These beers are typically very malt focused, so they are casualties of America’s obsession with hops. I’m beginning [...]
It is once again the time of year when it feels appropriate to drink a good, strong ale on a cool fall evening. To usher in such a wonderful season, I decided to go with one of my favorite Belgian-style quads, Three Philosophers. Three Philosophers is brewed by Ommegang, which is based out of New [...]
Campus Philly College Day 2012 The welcome-back festival for new and returning Philadelphia-area college students features community engagement through free museum admission, live music, food, recreation and art. College Day 2012 elements include live music provided by Radio 104.5; art for sale at the art village presented by InLiquid Art + Design; the Involvement Fair [...]
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 [...]
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