OSKAR BLUES DALE’S PALE ALE

Brother Barley was in Colorado over the weekend…taking in the gorgeous, Rocky Mountain scenery…skiing a bit…getting out of breath from walking up a flight of stairs thanks to the altitude…talking in the third person…and drinking lots and lots of Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. For more details about the famous Oskar Blues Brewery, check out […]

TRIPEL THREAT

Beer styles are fluid designations (literally and figuratively). Like trying to categorize art (What separates Dada from Surrealism? Does Abstract Expressionism really mean anything?) or film (What genre is Inglourious Bastards? A war picture? A comedy? Revenge porn?), beer styles are somewhat of a lazy shorthand. They’re a way for us to categorize brews into […]

COFFEE COFFEE BEER BEER BEER

Coffee and beer go together well for a number of reasons. They both inspire legions of devoted, addicted fans (with beer, these people are called “Aleheads, Beer Geeks, or Alcoholics”…with coffee, these people are called “The Employed”). They both have cult-like followings where people flock to local institutions to drink them, meet, and chat. They […]

THE MALTERCATION: TOP 10 SESSION BEERS

DOWNLOAD: TOP 10 SESSION BEERS Aleheads believe in big hops, bold flavors, complex styles, and an orgiastic future that, beer-by-beer, recedes before us.  But as it was amongst our Industrial Revolution laborer brethren of yore, at times we hear a siren call to sidle up and quaff a pint or six before trudging back to […]

THE CASK AT HAND

As I may have mentioned before, I live in Birmingham, Alabama. The city has its advantages (cheap real estate, abundant smoked meats), and its disadvantages (pretty much everything else). Until very recently, there were strict restrictions on the types of beer that could be sold in the ‘Ham (nothing over 6%). Thanks to the fine […]

HOPPINESS…IS NOT A FISH THAT YOU CAN CATCH

Most devout Aleheads worship at the altar of hops. Hops, of course, were historically used as preservatives, but the oily, little strobiles (thanks Wikipedia!) ended up bringing so much flavor to the party (copyright Alton Brown) that they have become the Ringo to water, malt, and yeast’s John, Paul, and George (I would call John […]

TASTING BEER

Conducting a tasting note is a wonderful and easy way to start learning about the different styles and flavors of beer. It’s as easy as cracking open a bottle, pouring a glass, and letting your senses do most of the work. The more beers you experience, the bigger your “beer vocabulary” will become. Soon you’ll […]

BREWING BASICS

To make beer, brewers use water and barley to create a sweetened liquid (called the wort), which they flavor with hops, then ferment with yeast. The basic process may be simple but the execution is highly sophisticated. The stages are malting, milling, mashing, brewing, cooling and fermentation – followed by maturation (racking), filtering (finishing) and […]

BEER 101

WHAT IS BEER? Simply put, beer is fermented, hop flavored, malt sugared, liquid. The basic ingredients of beer are water, malt, hops, and yeast. The major variation in beer is the type of yeast used to ferment the product.