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 - Your Next Beer March 1, 2012 - Rick Lyke
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.
Full Pints - Stylistically Speaking November 1, 2011 - K. Florian Klemp
The quest of beer-lovers leaves virtually no cellar undisturbed. That pursuit is often about the novel inspired by the venerable, with the current curiosity in sour, aged beers motivated in great part by Flanders red and brown beers. These brews are an alliance of ordinary top-fermentation, supplemented by unconventional organisms, finely sculpted by aging and... View Article
Full Pints - Your Next Beer November 1, 2011 - Rick Lyke
Trend spotting when it comes to beer is not as easy as it sounds. With nearly 1,800 breweries in the U.S. (up from 42 when I reached legal drinking age in 1978) and countless imported brands, beer companies are constantly engaged in “look at me” marketing.
Full Pints - Your Next Beer September 1, 2011 - Rick Lyke
A business associate once told me that the world is pretty much segregated by what it drinks. He opined that there are wine drinkers and there are beer drinkers, never bothering to account for those who might enjoy whiskey, gin or vodka, let alone teetotalers.