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German-Style Hefeweizen Defined
While Bavaria has been brewing Hefeweizen for centuries, the modern German-style Hefeweizen became popular in the mid-20th century. These always...
Helium Beer Debunked
Helium beer isn’t a real thing, much to the dismay of fans of squeaky voices around the world. What started off as an April Fool’s Day prank in the...
10 Beer Drinking Questions Answered
Among the myriad beer fans around the world, many of us tend toward the fastidious. Not uncommon among beer nerds’ activities are: visiting every...
Identifying Off-Flavors in Beer
Craft beer offers an extensive range of styles and flavors. The brewing process involves a multitude of complex steps, ingredients and procedures...
What Is Gruit?
You’ve certainly heard the word “gruit.” You’ve likely seen it listed in the bottom right-hand corner of your local brewery’s tap list. But what is...
Beer in American History
Beer runs deep in the veins of American history, coursing through the hearts, minds and livers of those who founded modern America. Lincoln once said...
The Inspiration Behind America’s First Craft Brewery
When Jack McAuliffe opened his one-and-a-half-barrel brewery on Eighth Street East in Sonoma, California in the spring of 1977, after the first craft...
The Complete Guide to IPA Styles
There has been enough written on the IPA beer style in recent years to fit into a mammoth, epic tome that could fill an entire library shelf. However...
The Rise of Functional Beers
As a beer connoisseur, I wonder why I drink. Often, it’s for the flavor. Sometimes, it’s for the buzz. Not infrequently, there’s some utilitarian...
The Function of a Coolship in Brewing Wild Ales
If you’re a fan of breweries such as Russian River, Allagash or Jester King, you may have heard mention of a brewing device called a coolship....
The Role of Yeast in Brewing
The fascinating microscopic organism that is yeast provides a tremendous impact on beer and brewing. Yeast plays a key role in creating the...
Understanding Whiskey in Barrel-Aged Beer
For many drinkers, the closest whiskey gets to beer is in a shot glass next to a pint. Whiskey and beer are poised for a delicious collision, however...
How to Host a Whiskey Tasting Party
So you want to host a whiskey tasting party. You want it to be entertaining, informative and a positive experience for everyone. You’ve come to the...
Is Beer Healthy?
With the dramatic influx of craft breweries across the globe it is no wonder that craft beer and brewing is becoming increasingly popular and...
The Origins of Pumpkin Beer
I don’t know that there’s a beer more pathologically, frequently and substantively misunderstood than pumpkin beer. I’m not talking about the...

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