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Yeast and Pale Beer, from Pale Lagers to Pale Ales

Monday March 31, 2014

After diving into the different styles of pale ale, we've started to explore their bottom-fermented counterparts, pale lagers.

Keep an eye out for upcoming beer reviews and more in depth looks into beer across Europe.

Cheers!

beer@about

Pilsners and Kölsch beers and other European Beer Styles

Monday March 31, 2014

Continuing our dive into German beer styles this month, we've taken a deeper look into pilsner and kölsch styles of beer.

Pilsners are brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast (see our conversation on beer yeast for more detail) and originated in the Bohemian town of Plzen in the Czech Republic. Pilsner is a very common style in the Czech Republic as well as in Germany where for most of the past five hundred years, brewers have by law only been technically allowed to brew with bottom-fermenting lager yeast.

Kölsch is a top-fermented ale which is by definition brewed in Cologne, Germany that has grown in popularity internationally in the latter half of the 20th century.

If you've tried examples of the styles that we can't miss or that you want reviewed, leave a comment.

Cheers!

beer@about

Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale, Pale Ales and IPAs

Monday March 31, 2014

If you're still confused about the difference between pale ales, India pale ales and American pale ales, you're not alone. A great blog by Anchor Brewery, Ask Bob Brewer takes on the difficult task of clearing up a few of the differences between the styles in a recent post.

For some examples of different kinds of pale ale, check out our reviews of different styles like Dale's Pale Ale and Southern Tier's Live.

Cheers!

beer@about

Ommegang's Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Releases Nationwide this Monday

Sunday March 30, 2014

If dragons and White Walkers are more your brand of geek than Klingons, Brewery Ommegang is releasing the next release in their Game of Thrones line of beers this Monday, March 31st. Fire & Blood will aptly be a red ale, inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons.

It will be bottled at 6.8% ABV, brewed with a grain bill of pilsner, Cara-60, Midnight Wheat, flaked rye and spelt and seasoned with CTZ, Styrian Golding, Tettnang hops and Ancho chilies.

If Ancho chilies and spelt sound a little bit too out there for you, maybe beers brewed under the Reinheitsgebot are more up your alley. This month we've started to dive into the often misunderstood world of German beers, starting with a list of the principal styles of beer found in Germany.

Leave us a comment if you've had a beer we can't miss or that you want reviewed.

Cheers!

beer@about

Warnog, a Klingon Dunkleweizen to Release in the U.S.

Thursday March 27, 2014

Following up on their sci-fi geek-targeted 2013 release of Vulcan Ale, Tin Man Brewery of Evansville, IN just released Warnog. Named after the popular Star Trek Klingon ale, Warnog features notes of cloves and banana, though as CNET points out, Klingons would likely be more into "something that tastes like more like victory and less like wheat". Warnog is set to release to the public later this year.

Warnog was commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Beer and will be their first Star Trek themed beer available in the United States (Vulcan Ale has only been available in Canada). So if you like mixing your sci-fi with your craft beer and are in the United States, this one's for you!

Cheers,

beer@about

Pliny the Champagne of Beers

Wednesday March 5, 2014

The annual West Coast dash for the short supply of Russian River Brewing's annual "pub draft only" release Pliny the Younger had one Portland bar thinking outside the box to make sure their regulars didn't have to wait in line to get a taste of the short-in-supply release. The Beer Monger listed their supply of Pliny's triple IPA as Miller High Life at $7 a pint.

But even if you were tipped off by the high price tag for a pint of High Life, your Pliny-privileges would be taken if there were any "...yelping, tweeting, selfieing, facebooking, instagramming, posting and/ or whatever else it is you kids do these days." (Inside Scoop SF) That's dedication to your regulars.

Best of luck with the lines. But if you're on the East Coast or are looking for something a little more available, check out our dive into pale ales and a few of our reviews for ideas.

Cheers,

beer@about

Pale ale reviews

Friday February 28, 2014

This month we've been exploring different styles of pale ale and tasted a few examples of India Pale Ales and American pale ale. Check out our reviews of English IPA Samuel Smith's India Ale, AleSmith's IPA, an American IPA and Samuel Adams' Whitewater IPA, a cross between a witbier and American IPA.

And as a treat we got to taste a limited release beer from Samuel Adams. Check out our review of their 10th Anniversary limited release of experimental beer, Utopias and leave your comments!

Cheers,

beer@about

 

Blurred lines & more pale ales

Friday February 28, 2014

An article by Quartz online on Friday reported that the fastest growing craft beer is far from being produced by a craft microbrewery. Brazilian-Belgian big beer corporation Anheuser-Busch Inbev developed Shock Top, an unfiltered Belgian style wheat beer, as a response to MillerCoors' Blue Moon, another widely available and popular wheat beer.

According to the Brewer's AssociationShock Top saw a 64% rate of growth from 2011 to 2012, outpacing Lagunitas Brewing Company at 47% and Kona Brewing Company at 27%.

India Pale Ales

Diving a little deeper into styles of pale ale around the world, we started exploring styles of English and American India Pale Ales and American pale ale.

Cheers,

beer@about

What hockey and beer have in common

Saturday February 22, 2014

On Thursday the Canadian women's ice hockey team beat the United States for gold and the Canadian men's hockey team beating the U.S. on Friday. And responding to Canadian Prime Minister Harper, Obama just added two cases of beer to the national debt via Twitter:

What beer do you think he'll send? @BarackObama, if you need suggestions, our vote at the moment would be AleSmith's IPA.

Check out the review and leave your comments.

Cheers!

beer@about

A Paler Shade of Beer

Friday January 31, 2014

Pale ale has historically been a catch-all term for warm fermented beers that are light in color. This month we dive a little deeper into the varying styles of pale ale and their history.

Also check out our reviews of Live pale ale, Dale's Pale Ale and more to come.

Cheers,

beer@about

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