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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...
 American Wheat Beer & Baltic Porter
For those who love the American Wheat Beer style that has become such an engaging counterpoint to the wheat beers produced in Europe, Owen has the...
Once in a while, brewers come along who knows how to hit taste buds in a way that inspires deep appreciation and loyalty among beer drinkers and...
Hops and malts: A bittersweet relationship.
Craft enthusiasts enjoy exploring the depths of pints uncharted, but they don't sail without navigational equipment. One of the most ubiquitous and...
Specialty IPAs and Dark Strong Ales
Specialty IPA Known for their unbridled creativity and ability to start beer trends, American craft brewers have spawned a myriad of American IPA...
Vienna Lager and Extra Special Strong Bitter / ESB
For our Fall Issue, Owen Ogletree provides the telling details behind two well traveled beers that may move around but have never gone out of style....
Paulaner Craft Beer
As the co-founder of an early craft brewery and a current member of the board of directors at the Beer Institute, which represents big beer, Steve...
Schneider Aventinus Weizen Eisbock
The marketing angle for these beers centers on a process by which the beer is cooled to sub-freezing temperatures after fermentation in order to...
Coming of Age: The Nuances of Cellaring Beer
A somewhat disorganized, novice beer enthusiast discovers a six-pack of pale ale and a four-pack of imperial stout tucked away in the very back of...
Hops, IPA Beer
Because of its popularity, most craft drinkers know – or think they know – how IPA began. To quote one version of the popular history of the style: "...
What is Old Ale?
Old ales can be confusing. Some are actually old, others not. Some are called winter warmers, stock ale or “keeping” ale. Some like to think they are...
What is Belgian Dark Strong Ale?
Some of the most highly sought-after and elusive beers in the world fall into the Belgian Dark Strong Ale category. For many beer connoisseurs they...
What is Doppelbock?
For all its arguable foibles and missteps throughout recorded history, the Church has always been rather adept at brewing beer. Thank God for that....
What is Imperial Stout?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “imperial” as something “of superior or unusual size or excellence.” This is certainly an apt...

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