While it may be the middle of summer and a boozy, heavier beer may not be at the forefront of your mind, there’s no reason for us not to explore barleywines. Believe it or not, barleywines aren’t wine, and the majority of them that you’ll come across neither look, smell or taste like wine. The only similarity to its namesake Read More
It is the quintessential representation of craft beer. It is the most commonly ordered craft beer style. It is the reason craft beer enthusiasts are called “hop heads.” It is the one beer I hated for years. It is the India Pale Ale or as we all call it, the IPA. IPAs have become the most commonly brewed beer style Read More
Ready to start homebrewing? Check out this infographic demonstrating everything you need to get started. Also, check out The Homebrewer’s Association of America website for recipe ideas, tips, and tricks. Infographic by CustomMade
The classic debate is about to unfold: cellaring/aging craft beer vs. hoarding craft beer. After polling you, the faithful readers, on whether or not you age your beers, I found the results to be as expected.
Many of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to the things that we love. Whether it’s food, drink or the same Happy Hour spot, it can be difficult to challenge ourselves to try something new. And while the saying may go, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” there’s yet another mantra I prefer: “Variety is the Read More
I can’t even begin this post without drooling. Stouts are by far my favorite beer style. From their great roasted flavor to their smooth maltiness, what is there not to love? Those two components make stouts easy to enjoy on their own, but throw in vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors, and you’ve got yourself a deal. This week, as part Read More
As a continuation of our beer education series, Craft Beer 101, this week I’ll be enlightening you on the whole “beers on nitro” concept. If you walk into Al’s of Hampden, as well as many other locations, you’ll likely see beers with the word nitro next to them. No, this isn’t paying tribute to the character on American Gladiators, but instead a Read More
It’s freezing outside and fall is here! I’ve been sipping and sampling some of the fall beers available in our area for the sake of research — I swear. The nostalgia of the season combined with promises of pumpkin everything and Oktoberfest celebrations may just get you in the mood for our weather changes.
In any conversation about craft beer, you’re likely to hear beers described based on their hops. “Dry-hopped,” “Smack your face with hops,” “light hoppiness,” etc. Hops are an integral part of any beer; some are more intensely hopped than others, and each hop varietal has its own purpose and flavor. Whether your tastes veer towards the bitter, highly hopped or Read More
Through your travels discovering new beers, you’re likely to come across a beer style that is completely unfamiliar to you. Whether it’s a new (to you) brewery, new product or even just a style you’ve never tried, they are out there. As part of a new Craft Beer 101 series, we’ll take a look at a few styles of beers Read More