CREME DE LA CREAM

Brother Barley tries to convince you to give Cream Ales a try.

LIKE WHEAT BEERS FOR ALEHEADS

Wheat beers have had a bad name since passage of the German Beer Purity Law in 1516.  Their cause in this country was not helped by wheat’s ubiquitous pairing with fruit from the mid-90s forward.  Fellow Aleheads, I give you Pete’s Strawberry Blonde, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Shock Top Raspberry Wheat (oh, […]

FAT HEAD’S HEAD HUNTER: THE BEST IPA IN AMERICA?

As you may know, I hail from Pittsburgh… a wonderful, livable city but hardly the craft beer capital of America. Like everywhere else in the country there are several excellent local breweries producing high-quality suds, and a thriving community of enthusiasts currently planning the city’s first Craft Beer Week, but in terms of national acclaim we just don’t match up to destinations like Portland, San Diego, Denver, or Asheville. Yet, we’ve got a beer on tap in the Steel City you can’t find in those craft meccas that keeps winning awards in the most competitive category of any beer festival- the Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA.

THE BEST BEER LABELS

The craft brewing proliferation over the past few decades has increased the number of beers on package store shelves exponentially. With greater variety comes a greater need to differentiate your product. You can certainly do that by making better beer than your competition. Or by pushing the envelope with extreme beers. Or by developing new, […]