The stereotype of Germany is that of a country with everything fitting into scrupulously neat compartments, thoroughly regulated, and suiting the tastes of the residents like a pair of custom-fitted lederhosen. I’ve heard brewers there bemoan the situation that brewing a beer outside of well-established styles is not only frowned upon but, in some cases,... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints The Schwarzbier of Köstritz January 1, 2001 - Randy Mosher
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints November 1, 2000 - Randy Mosher
It is my deeply held belief that brewing at home is not only pleasurable and rewarding, but is really the best way to enhance your understanding of beer. Wine is all about agriculture; getting out there and seeing which side of the hill gets the sunshine is the true path to enlightenment. Beer is about... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints - Recipes September 1, 2000 - Randy Mosher
I recently had the pleasure of acquiring what was described to me as a “300 year-old beer bottle,” unearthed from beneath a 17th century cottage in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England. It is thick and heavy, holding somewhere between a pint and a quart, off-round, and with a lopsided neck.
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints July 1, 2000 - Randy Mosher
Today, with all our superior modern knowledge, we sometimes tend to view the present as pure, crystallized truth and the past as a steady, logical progression towards it. But take a closer look any human cultural tradition—pale ale styles, in this case—and you’ll find a great unruly tangle of a family tree rather than a... View Article