How the story gose

An effect of the craft beer revolution has been the revitalization and popularization of ancient, little known styles. Recently gose, a salty, sour German wheat beer, has become a big hit with brewers and drinkers all over America. The story of gose (pronounced go-zuh) starts in the town of Goslar, in the province of Saxony. […]

The Soul of Wit

In anticipation of summer my compatriots and I decided to brew a Belgian Wit¬† beer. With their light body and refreshing spicy flavors, witbier are perfect afternoon patio beers. We brewed last Saturday, doing a mini-mash with extract. This means that we “mashed” about half the grains, steeping them in hot water to break down […]

A Bit of Blood, Plenty of Sweat, but no Tears: Brewing My First Lager

I had a lot of fun brewing my German weizen this past fall, and decided I wanted to try and squeeze in another beer. The weather was getting progressively cooler and another ale wasn’t really an option, so I investigated lager styles. Lagers are a bit more finicky and complex to brew due to the […]

Gentlemen Prefer Belgians

Last weeks release of Getsumengaho got me thinking about Belgian Beer. Yo-Ho classified their beer as a Belgian Pale Ale, but what does that mean? The term Pale Ale came about in the early 1700s to denote beer made with malt that had been dried in a coke fired oven rather than over a wood […]

Session India Pale Ale

This summer seems set to be the season of the Session India Pale Ale as craft breweries around the world are introducing¬† this new take on a venerable style. As you might recall from my style guide, an India Pale Ale is a style of beer with strong hop flavors and aromas that originated in […]

Beer: A Guide

Beer can seem pretty one note before you dive into the colorful world of craft. All over the world mass market brewers produce a very similar pale lager. Crisp, clear, and almost boringly “beer-flavored” it still represents the basic and most quaff-able brew around. However,¬† things can get a little confusing after you poke around […]