German lagers – more than just Oktoberfest

Right now, one can’t enter a package store without tripping over an Oktoberfest beer. Nearly every brewer makes one, and they’re as ubiquitous in the fall months as leaves on the ground, but they’re only the tip of the proverbial German lager iceberg (what a mental image that is). Heck, Oktoberfest is just another name for Märzen, a… Continue reading German lagers – more than just Oktoberfest

The view from the other side of the table

Being behind the table at a beer tasting can be as much fun as being a taster. Perhaps the camels in the background at Roger Williams Zoo’s “Brew at the Zoo” were thirsting for a sample? B eer tastings. Most of us have, at the minimum, gone to a liquor store while someone is offering… Continue reading The view from the other side of the table

Sessionable beers are perfect for a summer gathering

Americans love their beer on the Fourth of July. There’s something about barbecues, fireworks, and independence from England that makes us a thirsty lot. Beer is a fantastic companion to fireworks and barbecues, at least until the person manning the grill or the lighter has too many brews and Independence Day ends up being celebrated… Continue reading Sessionable beers are perfect for a summer gathering

Judging homebrews isn’t as easy as it sounds

The judging sheet, our “calibration beer”, and a sheet of beer faults. Judging a homebrew is a fascinating experience. It’s fun, challenging, and ultimately quite rewarding. It allows one to really get into the nitty gritty of beer, a process that ultimately makes one a more aware and adept beer drinker. This past weekend I… Continue reading Judging homebrews isn’t as easy as it sounds

Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Go to any liquor store with a decent beer selection and you’ll find enough “bombers” (22-ounce bottles) to start a war. This proliferation of beers is due, at least in part, to the rise of contract brewing, or brewing your beer at someone else’s brewery. This relationship is mutually beneficial — it helps the physical… Continue reading Contract brewing: good for the brewer, good for the brewery

Green Beer is Local Beer

Many of us have been unfortunate enough to try a green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day, but why dye a beer green when you can make it truly green by drinking something more sustainable? Read on to find out more about how to make your St. Patty’s Day beer even greener than the meadows of… Continue reading Green Beer is Local Beer

Little Rhode Island offers a big selection of breweries

Most local beer enthusiasts know about Narragansett, and many are familiar with Newport Storm, but the brewery boom that’s swept the nation has washed over the Ocean State, with Rhode Island gaining five new breweries in the last few years. Three of the new breweries are set up in the city, with Revival Brewing located in Providence (brewing at Trinity… Continue reading Little Rhode Island offers a big selection of breweries