The appreciation for Belgian beer and Belgium’s brewing culture has never been more keen than right now. One could even argue that it is currently the most influential force in North American brewing. This well-deserved affection has helped sustain and nourish both the fledgling North Americans and venerable Belgians. Beer lovers have taken a particular... View Article
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking September 1, 2012 - Keith Klemp
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking July 1, 2012 - Keith Klemp
The lineup of beer styles available today is quite impressive, but the lines between them are often blurry. The difference between porters and stouts might only be a matter of brewer’s discretion. These two form a virtual continuum, the minor differences barely justification for designating them one style, or sub-style, versus another. Avid beer fans... View Article
Full Pints - Styles Features Today it gets barrel-aged, Brett-o-mized and sake'd out July 1, 2012 - Brian Yaeger
At Hawthorne Hophouse in Portland, OR, patrons can order whatever’s new from several nearby breweries, perhaps discovering they love peppery saisons or tart krieks. But the 24 taps don’t end there, as there are fermentations from producers around the Northwest, all vying to create beverages locals might like. And locals like hops. So a dry-hopped... View Article
Full Pints - Your Next Beer May 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
For nearly 40 years, beer drinkers in post-World War II America were conditioned to think the best beer was a bright golden color—clean and crisp without a hint of haziness, even at palate-numbing temperatures. A well-made beer was transparent and devoid of any sediment.
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking May 1, 2012 - Keith Klemp
Those of us fortunate enough to have experienced the North American beer renaissance would never have imagined anything like this in the 1970s. But there was no stopping the growth of craft beer once the ball was rolling . Now that growth has taken us from a foundation of British, German and Czech classics through... View Article
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking March 1, 2012 - K. Florian Klemp
Nowadays, beer lovers can turn to seasonal brews at virtually any time of the year. New season-specific styles, such as fresh hop and pumpkin ale, have taken a seat at the table with more reverent names such as oktoberbest, doppelbock and winter warmers. Many seasonals were originally brewed for celebrations, or when ambient conditions or... View Article
Full Pints - Your Next Beer March 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
Judges at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver handed out medals in 83 categories in September, but no beer type received more attention than pale ale. That’s because pale ale is divided into seven distinct categories for the annual judging to accommodate stylistic variations and the sheer volume of entries.
Full Pints - Styles Features January 1, 2012 - Greg Barbera
Beer can be more than just a bottle. As any craft beer aficionado knows, the glassware can be as important as the beer itself. But once a year the beverage world turns to packaging: Much like how a good label can affect a beer’s popularity and sales, so can an engaging package.