Nick Carr

About Nick Carr

Nicoli Carr has been tinkering with homebrewing for over 10 years and is currently enrolled in the American Brewers Guild (CBA). When he’s not studying or working, he is likely out foraging wild brewing options, writing, or hunting stillness in remote places.

Know Your Beer Styles: Christmas / Winter Specialty Spiced Beer

Beginnings The history of the “Midwinter” Beer finds its beginnings in the Winter solstice celebrations of many ancient cultures and probably has roots that go as deep as brewing’s own past. Many ancient cultures worshiped a sun god. The Mesopotamian’s had Utu, the Egyptians had Ra, the Hittites … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Old Ale

Beginnings Before the Industrial Revolution, a lack of ways to keep beer cool for a long period of time, may have been the starting point of the creation of “old ale.” Low alcohol, highly attenuated beers did not store well without cooling, but sweet high alcohol beer did. These stored ales … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: American Amber Ale

Beginnings It is difficult to make a case for any of the beer styles labeled “American” being something new or wholly unique. The truth is that most of the styles we brew have roots in the great traditions of Europe; England, Germany, and Belgium. In most cases the thing that Americanizes a … [Read more...]

Pellet Hops vs Whole Hops: Comparing the Pros & Cons

A brewer walks into a homebrew shop … ok this isn’t the start of a joke, though I have to admit to trying long and hard to come up with one. So, instead of a joke let’s talk about this moment. You walk into the local homebrew shop or maybe you’re at home perusing online homebrew stores, either … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Irish Dry Stout

Beginnings Stouts are an off-shoot of the Porter family tree. The word “stout” was first used in 1677 to refer to a stronger version of the Porter style. The use of “stout” in the context of strength continued on through the 1800’s. Both stout ales and stout porters were known until the … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: American IPA

Beginnings The American India pale ale is a youngin’ in the world of beer styles. This simple reimagining is rooted in a style 200 years old, but its own history spans only 30 years. Its beginnings closely coincide with the modern craft beer revolution that started in the late 70’s and build to the … [Read more...]