Alaskan Summer Ale

Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau, Alaska Style: Kölsch ABV: 5.3 Staff Review: Straw color, slightly herbal and fruity nose. Taste is

Rhenish Hybrids

The distinction between top- and bottom-fermented beers is familiar to all homebrewers, but the term “hybrid” is often met with

Curry Braised Pork Belly

This is a variation on a couple of standards we use here at Higgins. Starting with Garret’s ingredient list I

In Search of Softness

If you have ever taken a wine-tasting class, chances are you have been exposed to the “Flavor Wheel.” This handy


Kölsch is an ale style emanating from Cologne in Germany. In Germany (and the European Community) the term is strictly legally limited to the beers from within the city environs of Cologne. Simply put, kölsch has the color of a pilsner with some of the fruity character of an ale. This is achieved with the use of top-fermenting yeasts and pale pilsner malts. The hops are accented on the finish, which classically is dry and herbal. It is a medium- to light-bodied beer and delicate in style. Most examples in the United States are brewpub draft interpretations produced during the summer months, though some commercial brewers produce a summer ale in the kölsch style.

Continental European Ales

In early April of this year, the World Beer Championships held their annual tasting of Continental European Ale styles. Maibocks


Great European brewing nations may be famous for their tradition, but it is the array of regional specialties that really

Belgian and Continental Style Ales

Don’t tell me anything. I can’t keep a secret. If I’ve got something good, I’ve got to share it. It’s

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