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 - Your Next Beer May 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
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.
Full Pints - Your Next Beer January 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
It is a sure sign that the pioneers of the American craft- brewing movement now have more than a few grey gray hairs. Last year Sierra Nevada celebrated its 30thth anniversary with a special four- beer series. Brewers like Avery (18), Great Divide (17) and Stone (15) are closer to their milestone 20thth anniversary than... View Article
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking January 1, 2012 - K. Florian Klemp
To many, the discovery of Belgian beers is a moment of great enlightenment, and to those of us who came to know them long ago, they are still amazing. The integration of technology, moxie and charm forms a righteous trinity, one that is orchestrated in the brewhouse.