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Table Beer and Red IPA
Table Beer The American beer scene has been inundated with double digit ABV bombs – if not a molasses-like Imperial Stout, then a Double IPA with...
Porter and Stout from Bertus Brewery
The problem is that today we have a scene where there appears to be a difference between the two drinks, but nobody can agree what that difference is...
Alternative Grain Beer and Black IPA
Alternative Grain Beer When one thinks about beer, a few simple descriptors immediately spring to mind: carbonated, alcoholic, crushable, etc. When...
Barrel Aging Beer Storage
When you resist the urge to crack open a beer instantaneously, magic can happen. Storing or cellaring beer allows a number of internal and external...
Altbier and Specialty Wood Aged Beer
Altbier Altbier sounds like a faintly condescending term, such as “alternative rock” or “alternative lifestyle,” with little to no real meaning...
Rauchbier and Tropical Stout
Rauchbier With colder weather finally upon us, many craft beer drinkers will be reaching for something “bigger” from their cellar this autumn and...
With a chill outside and a roaring fire and festive atmosphere indoors, family and friends gather around a winter holiday table, anxiously...
Fruit Beer & Belgian Golden Strong Ale Style
A tough guy walks into a bar. He looks the bartender dead in the eye. “Give me a beer,” he says with deliberate gravitas. “And a back story to go...
Homebrewing teaches you good, practical stuff. How to follow a recipe, the life cycle of yeast, some good geography and history. (Tell the truth: Did...
Mountain Brew Book Review Beer Connoisseur
Mountain Brew: A High Spirited Guide to Country-Style Beer Making by Tim Matson and Lee Anne Dorr The Countryman Press, Softcover, $10.95, 123 pp....
DrinkTanks Classic Growler and Kegulator
Sometimes, you just want more beer. Though beer packaging comes in all shapes and sizes – from tiny 8.4-ounce “nip” cans to burly 22-ounce bombers,...
Jim Koch Hops Boston Beer Connoisseur Sam Adams
If you've seen the Sam Adams commercial with founder Jim Koch plunging facefirst into a handful of hops, it's probably Hallertau Mittelfrüh, a hop of...
Kriek Lambic
I believe it was the musician and obvious Belgian beer lover, George Clinton, who aptly penned the words, “Ow, we want the funk. Give up the funk. Ow...
What Makes Nelson Sauvin Hops Special?
In terms of age, New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops shouldn’t even be allowed into bars. Bred from the indigenous Smooth Cone variety, this distinctly...
Patrick Dawson Vintage Beer Connoisseur Magazine
If, like mine, your basement is filled with bombers of specialty beer that you’re saving to drink, then I have two recommendations for you. The first...

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