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Beer: Most Popular Articles

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Ales and Lagers: Learn About Popular Beer Styles
All beer is either ale or lager. Find out about this basic distinction here and learn how the other types of beer fit.
The 10 Best German Beers
Quick, name five different kinds of German beer! Not brands but styles. If you had to think on that one you should check out this list of top ten beers and beer styles from Germany.
Did Ben Franklin say "Beer is proof that god...
This quote is often attributed to Ben Franklin but, did he really say it?
The Top 10 Beers That Every Beer Lover Should...
From the About.com guide for beer, here are the top ten beers with which every beer lover should be familiar. Beer novices, here's a good list to use to start exploring different types of beers. Beer snobs, check out this collection then share your own top ten.
What is craft beer?
What exactly is craft beer? Is this really the best term for describing the kind of beer we like to drink?
Your Complete Guide to Beer Nutrition
What's in your beer? Have you ever wondered what you beer might be doing to your body? Here's a break down of what's in your pint, how much of it's in there and what it can do to (or for) you.
Define Craft Beer
What exactly is craft beer? Here's the definition.
How to make a chelada
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
Everything You Should Know about Wheat Beer...
Introduction to Wheat Beer, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weiss, Dunkelweizen, Weizenbock, Krystal, Belgian wit, and American Wheat.
Growlers
Growlers, they're cute, adorable and they can hold lots and lots of beer. Here's how to take care of your growler.
Saison Profile
Saison ale profiled here. Beer.
Why Is Beer Fizzy?
Ever wonder how do bubbles get into beer? Here's what makes beer fizzy.
Explore India Pale Ale (IPA) from its Origins...
The history of this popular ale is as interesting as the hoppy brew itself. Find out why the beer was originally created.
How to Taste Beer like a Pro (Not a Bro)
Beer tasting can be an interesting and rewarding way to discover new beers. Here's how.
The Beer Lover's Guide to Pilsner
Pilsner beer profiled here
Top 10 Gifts for Beer Lovers
Stumped for a gift for the beer lover on your list? Here are ten suggestions every beer lover would be delighted to receive.
Shiner Bock - Tasting Notes and Review of...
Shiner Bock has a medium head that leaves a nice quilt down the sides of the glass as the beer is drunk. Its body is clear with a copper/amber color.
What is malted barley?
How is barley malted and why? Beer.
Pairing Beer and Chocolate
Thoughts and tips for pairing beer with chocolate.
Top 10 Refreshing Summer Brews for Beer Lovers
Summertime is no time for the dark, chewy beers that many beer lovers prize. Here are some light, refreshing beers that still have enough flavor to keep the most discerning of beer snobs interested.
About Beer's Panel Review and Tasting Notes for...
About Beer's Panel Review and Tasting Notes for Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Beer Steamed Shrimp
How to Make Beer Steamed Shrimp
How many different kinds of beer are there?
How many beer styles are there and why do there seem to be so many?
An Introduction to Cooking with Beer
Thinking of trying some beer in your favorite recipe? Here are a few pointers.
A Layman's Guide to Stout - Introduction to...
For many people the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the word stout is a black pint of Guinness. But the world of stout is much wider than that. There are many different styles of stout and the variety can be somewhat daunting. Here's an introduction to the different styles of stout.
Pale Ale
Pale ale is one of the most popular ale styles. But there are about as many different interpretations of this styles as there are breweries. Find out what makes an ale a pale ale as well as the history and brewer stats for this beer.
Original Gravity, OG
Original gravity, or OG, gives the brewer an idea of the potential alcoholic strength of the final product.
Oktoberfest / Maerzen Profile
When a beer style is named for a festival, you know that it's got to be good! Find out about Oktoberfest beer here.
Stout Profile
Stout profiled here. Beer.
Brewing Chocolate Beer
Beer is made from four basic ingredients - malted barley, hops, water and yeast. Anything else that finds its way into the brew pot is known as an adjunct.
The Light Beer Myth
Is light beer really light? Will drinking it help one lose or maintain weight? Let's take a look at the numbers of light beer.
What is that stuff in the bottom of my beer...
Beer lovers who are paying attention will sometimes notice a thin, white film in the bottom of their beer bottles. This happens most often with wheat beers which, I suppose, led some of them to assume that it is wheat added to the beer “for flavor.” I have heard that explanation more than once. It is not wheat. It is dead or dormant yeast cells and they are supposed to be there.
Other Dark Beers
The craft brewing community has pushed the limits on many styles of brewing, from the Belgian IPAs to Black IPAs and blurred the lines between classifications.
What's the best serving temperature for beer?
Some brewers and many beer shops boast that theirs is the coldest beer. Is this really something to brag about?
What Drinks Pair Well With Pulled Pork Barbecue?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pulled pork barbecue
"What Beer Should I Serve at My Super Bowl...
Picks and Recommendations for Beer and Your Super Bowl Party
Why do some brewers use rice or corn in their...
Ever wonder why some brewers use rice and corn in their beer while other brewers stick to more traditional recipes that use 100% barley?
Chocolate Beer
There's not more decadent of a beer than a chocolate beer. Here are some favorite chocolate beers.
A Homebrewer's Guide to Boiling Wort (It's a...
There is more to boiling wort than turning up the heat and throwing in a few hops. Learn about the boil and how to manage it for greater control.
Wheat Beer Profile
Once brewed primarily for royal Bavarian quaffing, wheat beers are now widely interpreted by breweries and even more widely enjoyed by beer drinkers all over the world. Get the highlights of this style in my profile of wheat beer.
Know Your Ale Styles!
Know your ales! Here is a quick run down of popular ale styles from Hefe-Weizen to Barleywine.
Einbecker Schwarzbeir
Tasting notes and review of Einbecker Schwarzbier
Porter
Get a profile of Porter here. Beer.
Hoegaarden White Beer Tasting Notes and Review
Tasting notes and review of Hoegaarden's White Beer.
The Easiest St. Patty's Day Recipe Ever: Green...
Searching for a green beer recipe? Here it is!
Top 10 Winter and Holiday Beer Recommendations
Ten beer recommendations for your wintertime and holiday celebrations.
History of Pilsner
Learn about the history of Pilsner, the most popular beer style in the world.
Pilsner
Pilsner Defined. Beer.
Coffee Beer
There is no more natural pairing in the world than coffee and beer. The deep roasted flavors of dark beers like like stout, Schwarzbier (black lager), porter, doppelbock and others lend themselves perfectly to the beautiful black bitterness of coffee. The craft beer renaissance has seen an explosion in beers brewed with coffee. Here are some of the favorite coffee beers out there.
The Unlimited Possibilities of Beer Can Chicken
What's the right choice for beer can chicken? Let your imagination go!
Beer Savers
Can these reusable beer bottle caps keep a beer fresh after its been opened? Here's my review.
Pairing Good Beer with Good Food
Remember the three Cs when pairing beer with food.
Barley Wine Profile
Barley wine is big in every way. It has the highest alcohol content, the greatest malt content, and a larger serving of hops than any beer style out there.
Before You join a Beer of the Month program or...
Thinking of signing up for a beer of the month program? Here's a comparison guide of a few of the beer clubs out there.
Tasting Notes and Review of Negra Modelo
Tasting Notes and Review of Negra Modelo
Brown ale style profile
Information about brown ale including history, style points and tasting notes.
Mash
Mash Defined. Beer.
Bock Profile
Beer Style Profile - Bock, Dunkles Bock, DoppelBock, Double Bock, Helles Bock, MaiBock
Tasting Notes and Review of Leinenkugel's...
Tasting Notes and Review of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Information and Review of the Newcastle...
Newcastle DraughtKeg - Information and Review of the Newcastle DraughtKeg
India Pale Ale, IPA
India Pale Ale Defined. Beer.
What Drinks Pair Well with Pumpkin Pie?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pumpkin pie.
Growing and Harvesting Hops
A brief overview of growing and harvesting hop vines and hop cones
Hefeweizen Defined
hefeweizen defined. Beer.
Goose Island's India Pale Ale
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's India Pale Ale
The Definition of Ale
What defines ale? When is a beer an ale and when isn't it? The answer is here.
The Definition of Lager
What defines lager? When is a beer a lager and when isn't it? The answer is here.
How do I brew chili pepper beer?
Want to brew chili pepper beer? Hewe are a few tips.
Styles of German Beer
Beer unquestionably plays an integral part in German identity, though different German beer styles and their subtleties are not that widely known to the international beer drinking community.
Yeah, I just really don’t like beer.
Sometimes people tell me that they just don't like beer. I tell them that they just haven't found the beer they like yet.
Stuck Mash - Preventing and Dealing With a...
Worried about a stuck mash or trying to solve one? Here are a few pointers for preventing or fixing a stuck mash.
Packaging Beer - Bottles vs. Cans
What's the difference between beer served from a bottle and beer served from a can?
Brewing Beer
This is an overview of the process of brewing beer. Page 2.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Crisp Apple tasting...
Tasting notes and review of Crisp Apple from Angry Orchard
Alcohol by volume (ABV)
Alcohol by volume defined and how to figure the alcohol by volume in homebrewed beer
Tasting Notes and Review of Red Stripe Jamaican...
Tasting Notes and Review of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
Know Your Lager Styles!
Know your lagers! Profiles of popular lager styles.
The Black and Red
This is called the Black and Red, a twist on the black and tan, because of the color of the raspberry lambic but any fruited Lambic would be wonderful in it.
Packaging Beer - Kegs vs. Casks
What's the difference between beer served from a keg and beer served from a cask?
Bittering and Flavoring Hops
Understanding how brewers use hops to bitter and flavor their beer.
Flocculate
Flocculate Defined. Beer.
How to make a michelada
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
Yeast and Pale Beer, from Pale Lagers to Pale...
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
Stout
Stout defined here. Beer.
When is it okay to drink a beer before noon?
Are there justifiable reasons to have a beer before 5:30? How about before noon? I think I've come up with a few.
What is the difference between Scottish and...
The line between Scottish and Scotch ale is a pretty clear one when you compare representatives of the styles side by side.
Trappist Beer
Distributed as Authentic Trappist Products, Trappist beer is brewed under the supervision of Trappist monks within a Trappist monastery.
Is my beer vegan friendly?
Did you know that some beers aren't vegan friendly? It seems counter-intuitive at first but it's true.
What is the best way to store my beer?
If you are like me, beer does not last very long in your house. But, occasionally, you might find yourself with more beer than can fit in the fridge. So, how do you store beer until some room opens up? Here's how.
Summer Beer – Four Styles, Four Brands
Summer is here and we are all looking for that perfect, refreshing beer. But we do not have to sacrifice flavor for refreshment. Here are four tasty beers that are light and refreshing enough to cool down the hot days.
Oktoberfest – A Wedding Anniversary, a...
Oktoberfest is the world's biggest beer festival. It is also a beer style. But the lager served at the festival is different from Oktoberfest-style beer. How can that be? Here's the story behind Oktoberfest beer.
Pasteurization
Pasteurization defined. Beer.
Tasting Notes and Review for Samuel Adams...
Tasting Notes and Review for Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Beer Loves Chocolate
Think that putting beer and chocolate is sacrilege? Think again.
Kölsch Profile
Kölsch beer profiled here.
Growler
Growler Defined. Beer.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Apple Ginger tasting...
Tasting notes and review of Apple Ginger from Angry Orchard
Tasting Notes and Review of Beck's Oktoberfest
Tasting Notes and Review of Beck's Oktoberfest
What is the Best Beer?
From time to time I get asked what is the best beer. I used to find it an impossible question to coherently respond to until I came up with this answer. The best beer is the one brewed closest to you.
Tasting Notes and Review of Einbecker Ur-Bock
Tasting Notes and Review of Einbecker Ur-Bock
Wort
Wort Defined. Beer.
The Beer Can
Overview of the history of the beer can.
Dunkels, Bocks and Less Conventional Beer
Recently, we reviewed a few unconventional American craft dark beers, The Bruery's Tart of Darkness and Otter Creek's Black IPA, both of which push the envelope
What are Trappist beers?
What is it about Trappist beers? What sets them apart from other beers?
Final Gravity, FG
FG - Final Gravity Defined. Beer.
Tasting Notes and Review of Corona Extra
Tasting Notes and Review of Corona
A Word about Chocolate Beer, Chocolate Malt and...
Just because a beer is described or even named chocolate by the brewery doesn't necessarily mean that it is a beer with chocolate in it. And, chocolate malt when used in brewing a beer doesn't mean that the beer will taste of chocolate. Here's some clarification about chocolate beer.
What is the most important ingredient in beer?
Do you know what the most important ingredient in beer is?
Beer Festival Survival Guide
Beer festivals are great fun. They offer a chance to try a wide variety of beer and hang out with other beer lovers and brewers. Bigger festivals attract the beer gadgets crowd where you can see a wide variety of useful and useless beer products. And you can literally drink all that you want, usually for just the entrance fee. I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours.
Italian Craft Beer Renaissance
In 1996, Italy reduced restrictions for lower volume brewing, paving the way for a budding and ambitious market for inventive beers.
Tasting Notes and Review of Bud Light by...
Bud Light Review - see my tasting notes and review of Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light here.
Do women like beer?
A lot of people seem to think that this question is already been settled. Women do not like beer. But, is that true? Or maybe it is just that women do not like the bad beer that dominates the market not the way it is sold to them.
Styles and bottle caps
Don't let reputations and preconceptions get between you and your next favorite beer. Page 2.
Make a Yeast Starter for Successful Fermentation
Homebrew Beer Resources - Improve your chances of a healthy fermentation with a big yeast starter. Find pictorial instructions for making a yeast starter here. Make your own beer more successfully and with less chance of infection.
What is a good beer or beer style for cold...
What's a beer lover to do when it's cold outside? Drink a beer, I say!
How do I brew with herbs and spices?
A few thoughts and suggestions for homebrewing beer with herbs or spices.
He'Brew Beer's Messiah Bold Tasting Notes and...
Tasting Notes and Review of He'Brew Beer's Messiah Bold
This Month's Beer Festivals
Listing of upcoming beer festivals and events for the next three months.
Beer Adjuncts
Four ingredients are necessary to make beer - water, malt, hops and yeast. But there are a lot more things in a lot more beers, aren't there? Let's take a look at the role and variety of beer adjuncts.
Craft Beer Review: AleSmith Brewing Company,...
AleSmith's IPA has won multiple awards, including Silver at the California State Fair and at the World Beer Championships and bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in 2005.
Beer and sugar for the homebrewer
Information and tips about the various kinds of sugars available to homebrewers.
Green Beer - How to Make Green Beer for St....
Want green beer for St. Patrick's Day? Here's how to make it.
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's 312...
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Kölsch
Kölsch is a top-fermented style of brewing beer that originates in Köln (Cologne), Germany. Kölsch style of brewing dates back to the 9th century AD.
Beer Measurement: International Bitterness...
International Bitterness Units is the standard measurement of perceived bitterness in beer, a quality imparted by the addition of hops during its brewing process.
Helles, Dortmunder Export and Pale Lager Style...
With the growing popularity of pilsner lager, thirty years later in the town of Dortmund, Germany, brewmasters began to produce Dortmunder pale lager.
Spaten Oktoberfest - Beer Tasting Panel Review...
Panel review for Spaten's Oktoberfest.
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Hoppy and malty, fruity and bitter, India pale ale is a more heavily hopped pale ale that was first brewed in the 1700s to be slightly higher levels of alcohol and hops
Texas Beef and Beer Chili
Chili is the perfect food for a picnic, heat it up at home and put in an insulated container to keep warm and it goes great with beer.
The History of Bock
The History of Bock, Doppelbock, Hellesbock and Maibock. Page 2.
Mead
Mead, an ancient and elegant drink.
How do I judge beer?
A few thoughts about judging beer and the role of beer styles.
Tasting Notes and Review of Paulaner Salvator...
Tasting Notes and Review of Paulaner Salvator Double Bock
What are hybrid beers?
Hybrid beers are beers that use yeast from one beer style category and the brewing methods from another.
What should I brew for my first homebrew?
A few thoughts and suggestions for your first homebrew.
Lambic Beer Profile
Lambic beer is a unique ale and something that every beer lover should try at least once. Check out this profile of lambic Belgian ale.
Irish Stout Sangria
Here's an interesting twist on beer to try this holiday season.
Rolling Rock
Tasting Notes for Rolling Rock Lager brewed at Latrobe, PA brewery
Beer clean
: Beer clean is a term that is more common in the restaurant industry than in the beer geek community.
What Drinks Pair Well With Stuffed Porkchop?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings for stuffed pork chops.
Wheat Beer Defined
Wheat Beer Defined
What exactly is craft beer?
We have been hearing a lot about craft beer lately. What exactly is this stuff and how is it different from regular beer? I attempt to answer that here while working through some of my own issues with the word.
Tasting Notes and Review of Twang Beer Salt
Tasting Notes and Review of Twang Beer Salt
What Drinks Pair Well With Dark Chocolate...
Here are some drinks that elevate the chocolate truffle to new heights.
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