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

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

A look at the ‘super-alcoholic’ beer market

Founders’ KBS Founders’ amazing KBS Look closely at the shelves of any better beer store and you’ll notice some monsters lurking. No, I don’t mean skunky beers or the latest fruit-flavored offerings posting as craft beers but brewed by the big boys, I’m talking about beers that fall into the “wine and above” level of… Continue reading A look at the ‘super-alcoholic’ beer market

Style Profile: How we came to lager heads

Light lagers are the beer America is known for: yellow, highly carbonated, served as cold as possible, and almost flavorless. Amazingly, or sadly, American lagers are the best selling beers in the world. Easy drinking and inoffensive, these beers are not “bad,” as many a beer snob will opine. They’re simply bland and mediocre. Despite… Continue reading Style Profile: How we came to lager heads

Style profile: Stouts, powerful and pungent, aren’t for the faint of heart

Black as midnight in the Irish countryside on a moonless, cloudy night while you’re wearing sunglasses, stouts are to beer what a fine French roast coffee is to tea. Dark, powerful and pungent, the aroma and appearance of stouts often belie a smooth drinkability that typically puts at least one stout near the top of… Continue reading Style profile: Stouts, powerful and pungent, aren’t for the faint of heart

Style profile: IPAs keep pushing the envelope

India Pale Ales, or IPAs, are like your your quick-witted buddy from school who always has a sarcastic zinger AND your back in any battle – they keep you on your toes, and keep you coming back for more. Always hoppy, often bitter, usually sharp-tasting, and occasionally tongue-punching, IPAs are the current kings of American… Continue reading Style profile: IPAs keep pushing the envelope

Ales and lagers – their differences and similarities

The terms “ale” and “lager” are often used interchangeably, but the two are, in fact opposite sides of the same beer coin. While they can both be light or dark, low-alcohol sippers (often called “session” beers) or boozy beasts, hop-forward or malty, they are not the same. So what makes them different? The yeast … those beautiful… Continue reading Ales and lagers – their differences and similarities