Hoppiness is in the mind—and on the palate—of the beholder. IBUs tell only half the story. They measure the amount of alpha acids—the primary bittering chemical in hops—but leave out the volatile oils and resins that give beers their floral, citrusy, earthy or spicy aromas.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer May 1, 2004 - Horst Dornbusch
Although much of beer’s dawn is shrouded in obscurity, we do know that beer is as old as civilization itself. We also know that humans have used two fundamentally different ways of brewing: an ancient way of making beer from bread that was practiced at least until the birth of Christ, and a modern way... View Article
Full Pints - History May 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
Lambic, one of the world’s most fascinating beer styles, is under threat. At the end of January, lambic brewers were due to meet with the Belgian government in an attempt to protect their production methods from a small army of bureaucrats from the European Commission who, determined to eradicate unhygienic food processing, could destroy a... View Article
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer The Fire Never Died May 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
So many trends—from Starbucks coffee to grunge music to gourmet pizza with capers and duck sausage—started on the West Coast that it’s enough to give some East Coast residents an inferiority complex.
Full Pints - History March 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
For a few months, it was the most sought-after piece of writing since the last Harry Potter novel, as beer lobbyists tried in vain to obtain an advance copy. Finally, on September 10, the National Academy of Sciences released its Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility.
Full Pints - History January 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
Scratch the history of Europe and you reveal old enmities, disputed borders and centuries of bloody war. Today, as you drive through the peaceful countryside of Alsace, nestled between the Vosges mountains and the mighty river Rhine, it is hard to imagine that the region has long been part of history’s game of pass the... View Article
Full Pints - History November 1, 2003 - Stan Hieronymus
They began showing up at Washington liquor stores in July, and at grocery stores, and convenience stores, looking like they were preparing for a beer run a la Smokey and the Bandit. One man bought 22 cases of Olympia stubbies.