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Thiriez Extra

This beer is highly cultured, both in terms of its yeast content and its fashionable style. Farmhouse ales always help to enliven the oeuvres of many brewers with funky flavors, leathery aromas and (mostly) low ABVs.

This farmhouse ale, from Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, France, shifts the genre’s pendulum from funky yeasts to dank hops. In keeping with the trend toward crafting hop-heavy brews, this farmhouse ale was extensively dry-hopped during its creation, and this is apparent from the first waft of aroma to the last drop of flavor.

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Top Ten Beer Quotes

Top Ten Beer Quotes

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Gastager Not Bluffing in Las Vegas

Gastager Not Bluffing in Las Vegas

A German native who often vacationed in the states, Stefan Gastager admired the “positive take on life” Americans had. But he noticed something America lacked, even in replica-rich Las Vegas, where Paris is a stone’s throw from Giza. A real taste of Bavaria was missing. 

There were schnitzel stands and decent wurst peddlers, but Gastager would only settle for the best of authentic German food and drink. 

He dreamed of replicating the iconic Munich Hofbräuhaus in Vegas, a feat that would require great ambition and rigorous attention to detail. 

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Smuttynose Hayseed

At last, a brewer proud to make a table beer – and then serve it at a farm-style restaurant at the brewery.

A grisette, Hayseed is sparkling seasonal refreshment brewed with wheat as well as barley and some oats. At 3.8 percent, it’s meant to quench a thirst from hard work. With a citrusy nose and taste derived from French saison yeast, Hayseed re-creates the beer style once popular with French miners.

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Raspberry Eisbock Lager

Rather than pressure washing raspberries into a malt syrup, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company’s Raspberry Eisbock Lager is a combination of sensual precision. After the first sip of this 15.5% nectar, I burst into an oversized raspberry, and by the end of the glass I was carted back to Kuhnhenn’s by Oompa Loompas. The intial intense fruity blast meets a complex malt layer that gives the impression of rich chocolate. It’s a masterful blend, and the lingering harmony of flavor melts into a pleasant warming sensation.

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Sam Adams Announces 2015 LongShot Homebrew Contest

Samuel Adams announced a call for entries to its 2015 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, with an East vs. West twist.

This year the contest will choose a winner from each side of the Mississippi, as well as a Samuel Adams employee winner, to be announced at the 2015 Great American Beer Fest in Denver. The winning beers will be featured in a LongShot variety six-pack in 2016.

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Secret Stash Bash 2015

Secret Stash Bash 2015

The two sessions of the event were spread out over six and a half hours, and by the time I arrived at the start of the second session, a crowd of passionate beer connoisseurs, industry insiders and enthusiastic brewers was already on hand to discuss trends at the event and some of the coolest creations on tap.

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From the Editor (Issue 18)

From the Editor (Issue 18)

Marty Jones, who is one of our regular contributors, occasionally had the pleasure of hanging out with the late Michael Jackson when the beloved and slightly quirky authority on beer styles and all things beer came to Denver. “Visiting breweries with Michael was like hitting blues clubs with Muddy Waters or going to working class rock bars with Bruce Springsteen,” said Jones. 

Like others, Jones found Jackson to be a humble, engaging and funny man in addition to his thoughtful and encyclopedic approach to beer. I never had the pleasure of meeting Jackson, so I asked Jones if he would venture a guess at what the “Beer Hunter” might say about the current state of craft beer and brewing seven or so years after his seminal blog went dark.

“That’s a real toughie,” said Jones. “Perhaps something right to the point of it all: ‘It has certainly come a long way, hasn’t it? It’s quite delightful, isn’t it?’”

Veteran beer writer Jay Brooks, who profiled Jackson in Issue 6, recalled how Jackson made his point in very engaging speeches through anecdotal digressions. Facile with language, Englishman Jackson’s blogs were erudite but avoided being stuffy through mockingly good humor and other devices such as an appreciative focus on the most recent beer he’d been drinking in travels around the world and...


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