Beer: Most Popular Articles
All beer is either ale or lager. Find out about this basic distinction here and learn how the other types of beer fit.
IBU Defined. Beer.
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.
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. Page 2.
This quote is often attributed to Ben Franklin but, did he really say it?
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 exactly is craft beer? Is this really the best term for describing the kind of beer we like to drink?
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
What exactly is craft beer? Here's the definition.
The history of this popular ale is as interesting as the hoppy brew itself. Find out why the beer was originally created.
shandyshandy recipe. Beer.
Introduction to Wheat Beer, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weiss, Dunkelweizen, Weizenbock, Krystal, Belgian wit, and American Wheat.
Ever wonder how do bubbles get into beer? Here's what makes beer fizzy.
Pilsner beer profiled here
Stumped for a gift for the beer lover on your list? Here are ten suggestions every beer lover would be delighted to receive.
Beer tasting can be an interesting and rewarding way to discover new beers. Here's how.
Growlers, they're cute, adorable and they can hold lots and lots of beer. Here's how to take care of your growler.
Original gravity, or OG, gives the brewer an idea of the potential alcoholic strength of the final product.
Thinking of trying some beer in your favorite recipe? Here are a few pointers.
How is barley malted and why? Beer.
Stout profiled here. Beer.
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 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.
India Pale Ale Defined. Beer.
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.
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.
Saison ale profiled here. Beer.
About Beer's Panel Review and Tasting Notes for Samuel Adams Octoberfest
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.
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.
Some brewers and many beer shops boast that theirs is the coldest beer. Is this really something to brag about?
Tasting Notes and Review of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Ever wonder why some brewers use rice and corn in their beer while other brewers stick to more traditional recipes that use 100% barley?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pulled pork barbecue
Know your ales! Here is a quick run down of popular ale styles from Hefe-Weizen to Barleywine.
What's the right choice for beer can chicken? Let your imagination go!
Learn about the history of Pilsner, the most popular beer style in the world.
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.
There's not more decadent of a beer than a chocolate beer. Here are some favorite chocolate beers.
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.
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.
Beer Style Profile - Bock, Dunkles Bock, DoppelBock, Double Bock, Helles Bock, MaiBock
Get a profile of Porter here. Beer.
Tasting notes and review of Hoegaarden's White Beer.
Krausen Defined. Beer.
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
How many beer styles are there and why do there seem to be so many?
What's the difference between beer served from a keg and beer served from a cask?
Remember the three Cs when pairing beer with food.
Newcastle DraughtKeg - Information and Review of the Newcastle DraughtKeg
hefeweizen defined. Beer.
Tasting Notes and Review of Negra Modelo
When a beer style is named for a festival, you know that it's got to be good! Find out about Oktoberfest beer here.
Information about brown ale including history, style points and tasting notes.
Understanding how brewers use hops to bitter and flavor their beer.
This is an overview of the process of brewing beer.
Pilsner Defined. 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.
Want to brew chili pepper beer? Hewe are a few tips.
Know your lagers! Profiles of popular lager styles.
Searching for a green beer recipe? Here it is!
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.
Alcohol by volume defined and how to figure the alcohol by volume in homebrewed beer
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 for Samuel Adams Boston Lager
A brief overview of growing and harvesting hop vines and hop cones
The line between Scottish and Scotch ale is a pretty clear one when you compare representatives of the styles side by side.
Did you know that some beers aren't vegan friendly? It seems counter-intuitive at first but it's true.
Stout defined here. Beer.
Tasting Notes and Review of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
Can these reusable beer bottle caps keep a beer fresh after its been opened? Here's my review.
Think that putting beer and chocolate is sacrilege? Think again.
Information and tips about the various kinds of sugars available to homebrewers.
Ten beer recommendations for your wintertime and holiday celebrations.
What's the difference between beer served from a bottle and beer served from a can?
Kölsch beer profiled here.
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.
Strike Water defined. Beer.
Worried about a stuck mash or trying to solve one? Here are a few pointers for preventing or fixing a stuck mash.
Looking for the extra-special gift for the beer lover in your life? Here are some unique and extraordinary gifts that are sure to make your beer lover feel loved.
Tasting Notes for Rolling Rock Lager brewed at Latrobe, PA brewery
Tasting Notes and Review of Leffe Blonde
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.
Tasting Notes and Review of Corona
Overview of the history of the beer can.
What is it about Trappist beers? What sets them apart from other beers?
Pasteurization defined. Beer.
What defines ale? When is a beer an ale and when isn't it? The answer is here.
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.
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.
Wheat Beer Defined
Recipe for Sauerkraut and Brats with Beer
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.
Flocculate Defined. Beer.
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.
Are there justifiable reasons to have a beer before 5:30? How about before noon? I think I've come up with a few.
A look at German beer and how to sell it in the American beer market
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings for stuffed pork chops.
Fining defined. Beer.
Tasting notes and review of Crisp Apple from Angry Orchard
Thoughts and tips for pairing beer with chocolate.
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.
A few thoughts and suggestions for homebrewing beer with herbs or spices.
Many craft beer fans won't touch lager of any sort. Are they right or are there some good lagers out there?
Bottle conditioning is the process where a beer's residual yeast is given a second helping of sugars, added directly to the bottle, keg, or vessel.
Beer budget a little thin these days? Here are some tips buying good beer without breaking your budget.
A few thoughts about judging beer and the role of beer styles.
What defines lager? When is a beer a lager and when isn't it? The answer is here.
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.
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
: Beer clean is a term that is more common in the restaurant industry than in the beer geek community.
I don't know about you but I'm tired of showing up to find nothing available but watery light lager that has no business trying to stand up to powerfully flavored foods like hot wings or these little weenies simmered in barbecue sauce. Here are some beers worthy of the four basic food groups of the Super Bowl Party.
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pumpkin pie.
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale
A few thoughts and suggestions for your first homebrew.
Tasting Notes and Review of Twang Beer Salt
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.
Beer tap handles are ubiquitous fixtures in bars, pubs and restaurants. Here are the different types of handles and how they work.
Beer Gas defined
Tasting Notes and Review of Beck's Oktoberfest
FG - Final Gravity Defined. Beer.
Growler Defined. Beer.
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.
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.
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.
How to cook a beer basted turket
Tasting Notes and Review of Paulaner Salvator Double Bock
The History of Bock, Doppelbock, Hellesbock and Maibock. Page 2.
Live, an American pale ale, one of Southern Tier's year round beers and one of five pale ales is an example of a great bottle conditioned ale.
Do you know what the most important ingredient in beer is?
How to Make Beer Steamed Shrimp
On April 23rd, 1516, the definition of beer as only consisting of barley, hops and water was formalized in a decree that would became known as the Reinheitsgebot
Tasting Notes and Review of Redhook ESB
Wort Defined. Beer.
Have you been craving a specific beer that you once had in another country or region? Have you been trying to find that certain beer brand to no avail? Here's how to find out if the beer you've been thinking of is available in your area.
Session Beer defined
What does it mean when beer is bottle conditioned?
Listing of upcoming beer festivals and events for the next three months.
Bock beer is traditionally lightly hopped, has a strong malt sweetness and is relatively strong in alcohol, ranging from over six to around eight percent alcohol by volume.
Tasting Notes and Review of Einbecker Ur-Bock
Tasting Notes and Review of Tsingtao Lager Beer
Mead, an ancient and elegant drink.
Beer seems to suffer from something of an inferiority complex. Is it deserved or is it just the public perception? Why does beer seem somehow less worthy than wine or a good cocktail?
Beer and cheese soup, the ultimate comfort food! Here's a recipe that combines Newcastle Brown Ale and cheddar.
Are you ready for the big day? St. Paddy's can sneak up on you. Here's what you need to know to be ready for the best day in a beer lover's year.
Are you a hop-head? Do your knees go a little weak at the aroma of bright, lovely hops in a beer? Here is some hops history, information about growing hop vines and harvesting hop cones, and our favorite hoppy beer styles.
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's India Pale Ale
Here are some drinks that elevate the chocolate truffle to new heights.
Are pop-top style beer bottle caps really superior to screw-tops or is that just a bunch of whooie?
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.