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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.
Holiday Dinner Pairing
Struggling to figure out which wine goes with your holiday dinner? Dump the wine and try beer this year!
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.
Beer Basted Turkey
How to cook a beer basted turket
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.
Top 10 Winter and Holiday Beer Recommendations
Ten beer recommendations for your wintertime and holiday celebrations.
Did Ben Franklin say "Beer is proof that god...
This quote is often attributed to Ben Franklin but, did he really say it?
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?
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.
Everything You Should Know about Wheat Beer...
Introduction to Wheat Beer, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weiss, Dunkelweizen, Weizenbock, Krystal, Belgian wit, and American Wheat.
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.
Why Is Beer Fizzy?
Ever wonder how do bubbles get into beer? Here's what makes beer fizzy.
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.
What Drinks Pair Well with Pumpkin Pie?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pumpkin pie.
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 make a chelada
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
An Introduction to Cooking with Beer
Thinking of trying some beer in your favorite recipe? Here are a few pointers.
The Beer Lover's Guide to Pilsner
Pilsner beer profiled here
Original Gravity, OG
Original gravity, or OG, gives the brewer an idea of the potential alcoholic strength of the final product.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Tasting Notes and...
Tasting Notes and Review of Samuel Adams Winter Seasonal Winter Lager
Stout Profile
Stout profiled here. Beer.
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.
Growlers
Growlers, they're cute, adorable and they can hold lots and lots of beer. Here's how to take care of your growler.
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.
What is malted barley?
How is barley malted and why? Beer.
What Drinks Pair Well With Pulled Pork Barbecue?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings with pulled pork barbecue
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.
Saison Profile
Saison ale profiled here. 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.
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?
Chocolate Beer
There's not more decadent of a beer than a chocolate beer. Here are some favorite chocolate beers.
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.
How many different kinds of beer are there?
How many beer styles are there and why do there seem to be so many?
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.
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.
Know Your Ale Styles!
Know your ales! Here is a quick run down of popular ale styles from Hefe-Weizen to Barleywine.
The Unlimited Possibilities of Beer Can Chicken
What's the right choice for beer can chicken? Let your imagination go!
Porter
Get a profile of Porter here. Beer.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Information and Review of the Newcastle...
Newcastle DraughtKeg - Information and Review of the Newcastle DraughtKeg
Packaging Beer - Kegs vs. Casks
What's the difference between beer served from a keg and beer served from a cask?
Hoegaarden White Beer Tasting Notes and Review
Tasting notes and review of Hoegaarden's White Beer.
Pairing Good Beer with Good Food
Remember the three Cs when pairing beer with food.
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.
Stout
Stout defined here. Beer.
Bock Profile
Beer Style Profile - Bock, Dunkles Bock, DoppelBock, Double Bock, Helles Bock, MaiBock
India Pale Ale, IPA
India Pale Ale Defined. Beer.
Winter Warmer Profile
What exactly is a winter warmer? You see it on beer labels all the time but the bottle could contain a rich malty lager, a spicy ale or a super hoppy beer.
Tasting Notes and Review of Negra Modelo
Tasting Notes and Review of Negra Modelo
History of Pilsner
Learn about the history of Pilsner, the most popular beer style in the world.
Brown ale style profile
Information about brown ale including history, style points and tasting notes.
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 Definition of Ale
What defines ale? When is a beer an ale 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.
Hefeweizen Defined
hefeweizen defined. Beer.
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.
The Definition of Lager
What defines lager? When is a beer a lager and when isn't it? The answer is here.
Bittering and Flavoring Hops
Understanding how brewers use hops to bitter and flavor their beer.
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.
Packaging Beer - Bottles vs. Cans
What's the difference between beer served from a bottle and beer served from a can?
Rare and extravagant beer gifts
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.
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.
Alcohol by volume (ABV)
Alcohol by volume defined and how to figure the alcohol by volume in homebrewed beer
Know Your Lager Styles!
Know your lagers! Profiles of popular lager styles.
Mash
Mash Defined. Beer.
The Easiest St. Patty's Day Recipe Ever: Green...
Searching for a green beer recipe? Here it is!
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.
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.
Pilsner
Pilsner Defined. Beer.
Tasting Notes and Review of Sierra Nevada's...
Tasting Notes and Review of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale
Flocculate
Flocculate Defined. Beer.
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.
Einbecker Schwarzbeir
Tasting notes and review of Einbecker Schwarzbier
Review of Spiegelau's Beer Classics Beer Glasses
Is it time that you upgrade your beer drink ware? Here are some elegant glasses that should do the job nicely.
Tasting Notes and Review for Samuel Adams...
Tasting Notes and Review for Samuel Adams Boston Lager
The Beer Can
Overview of the history of the beer can.
Final Gravity, FG
FG - Final Gravity Defined. Beer.
What Drinks Pair Well With Dark Chocolate...
Here are some drinks that elevate the chocolate truffle to new heights.
Growing and Harvesting Hops
A brief overview of growing and harvesting hop vines and hop cones
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.
Oktoberfest Beer Tasting - Ten Autumn Beers...
For my ten beers for the fall season, I gathered a panel of 10 to taste my choices.
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.
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.
Wheat Beer Defined
Wheat Beer Defined
Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Crisp Apple tasting...
Tasting notes and review of Crisp Apple from Angry Orchard
Pairing Beer and Chocolate
Thoughts and tips for pairing beer with chocolate.
About Beer's Panel Review and Tasting Notes for...
About Beer's Panel Review and Tasting Notes for Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Tasting Notes and Review of Red Stripe Jamaican...
Tasting Notes and Review of Red Stripe Jamaican Lager
What Drinks Pair Well With Stuffed Porkchop?
Beer pairings, wine pairings and cocktail pairings for stuffed pork chops.
Growler
Growler Defined. Beer.
Brewing Beer
This is an overview of the process of brewing beer. Page 2.
Wort
Wort Defined. Beer.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider - Apple Ginger tasting...
Tasting notes and review of Apple Ginger from Angry Orchard
Pasteurization
Pasteurization defined. Beer.
Holiday Gifts for Beer Lovers
The beer lover's top ten holiday gifts and stocking stuffers list, from gift baskets and beer clubs to bottle openers and homebrew kits.
Mead
Mead, an ancient and elegant drink.
Unit of alcohol
What is a unit of alcohol and how does it differ from a serving?
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.
Goose Island's India Pale Ale
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's India Pale Ale
Beer Loves Chocolate
Think that putting beer and chocolate is sacrilege? Think again.
The History of Bock
The History of Bock, Doppelbock, Hellesbock and Maibock. Page 2.
How to make a michelada
Want to make a chelada? Here's how.
What are Trappist beers?
What is it about Trappist beers? What sets them apart from other beers?
Beer and sugar for the homebrewer
Information and tips about the various kinds of sugars available to homebrewers.
Kölsch Profile
Kölsch beer profiled here.
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.
Reinheitsgebot - German Beer Purity Law
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
Beer Pairings for the Four Basic Food Groups of...
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.
Rolling Rock
Tasting Notes for Rolling Rock Lager brewed at Latrobe, PA brewery
Session Beer
Session Beer defined
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.
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.
Christmas beer
Ready for some jolly and joyful beer styles? 'Tis the seasonal!
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
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.
Tasting Notes and Review of Beck's Oktoberfest
Tasting Notes and Review of Beck's Oktoberfest
How do I judge beer?
A few thoughts about judging beer and the role of beer styles.
Draught Beer Tap Handles
Beer tap handles are ubiquitous fixtures in bars, pubs and restaurants. Here are the different types of handles and how they work.
What are hybrid beers?
Hybrid beers are beers that use yeast from one beer style category and the brewing methods from another.
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.
Tasting Notes and Review of Schlafly Christmas...
Tasting Notes and Review of Schlafly Christmas Ale
How do I brew with herbs and spices?
A few thoughts and suggestions for homebrewing beer with herbs or spices.
Bottle conditioned
What does it mean when beer is bottle conditioned?
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's 312...
Tasting Notes and Review of Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale
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.
Tasting Notes and Review of Leinenkugel's...
Tasting Notes and Review of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Redhook ESB Tasting Notes and Review
Tasting Notes and Review of Redhook ESB
Hops - Information about the hop cone, brewing...
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.
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.
Beer Savers
Can these reusable beer bottle caps keep a beer fresh after its been opened? Here's my review.
Tasting Notes and Review of Corona Extra
Tasting Notes and Review of Corona
Tasting Notes and Review of Leffe Blonde
Tasting Notes and Review of Leffe Blonde
Reinheitsgebot
Reinheitsgebot Defined. Beer.
Beer and Brewpub Review for Harmon Brewery &...
Beer and Brewpub Review for Harmon Brewery & Restaurant
Newcastle Brown Ale Cheddar Soup - Recipe for...
Beer and cheese soup, the ultimate comfort food! Here's a recipe that combines Newcastle Brown Ale and cheddar.
Parti-Gyle
Parti-Gyle Defined. Beer.
Reputations and preconceptions in the beer world
Don't let reputations and preconceptions get between you and your next favorite beer
Is a pop-top cap better than a screw-top cap?
Are pop-top style beer bottle caps really superior to screw-tops or is that just a bunch of whooie?
Craft Beer Review: Orval (Belgium)
Brewed within the Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Orval, Orval beer is a very unique and distinctive beer among Belgian Trappist beers.
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