BEER STYLES, RANKED

Every style of beer, objectively and inarguably ranked.

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

In the past, I’ve written about the flavor and scent of beer: what the bitter principles are, what off flavors are, or even what will make your beer smell bad.  Something that hasn’t yet come up is the color.  Most beers are some shade of yellow/brown, with tints of other colors occasionally coming in – […]

SKUNKED

Have you ever taken that first sip of a beer and had to put the bottle down because it was skunked? You liar. You drank it anyway, didn’t you. In between some of the poop jokes on the very exclusive Aleheads email list someone mentioned skunked beer, and it got me thinking as it’s something […]

CITRUS X PARADISI

Stick out your tongue.  Go ahead.  Stick out your tongue, close your eyes, and think of that first sip of beer that you want to pass over your lips the second you get home from work tonight.  I don’t want you to think of any specific beer, any specific style, just the flavor that takes […]

TASTE THE RAINBOW

Going along with Brother Barley’s recent modification of the beer tasting section in “Beer 101,” I thought it might be interesting to write about where some of the flavors in beer come from.  Although you already know that there are only 4-5 ingredients in beer (water, grain, yeast, hops, and sometimes adjuncts), craft beers can […]

FROST BREWED?

Just wanted to write a quick post about another frustrating aspect of the Axis of Evil (aka: AB/Miller/Coors). Last night, I caught a commercial where Coors described how their beers were as “cold as the Rockies” and that they had developed “cold-activated”  cans, bottles, and glasses that changed colors when your beer was cold enough […]

PRIMER #1: ALES VS. LAGERS

Sometimes it’s good to step back and remind yourself that the world of craft brewing can be imposing to novices. Aleheads can be a bit snobby and defensive about beer … particularly because the brewing world is dominated by offerings that are simply awful. Take Anheuser-Busch (Please). My local watering hole (the J. Clyde…an Alehead’s […]