Blonde Ale: Style Characteristics, Brewing Tips & History

History I could make some joke comparing the short and rather uninspired history and oft considered overly simplified profile of the Blonde ale to the short-of-smarts blonde, subject of so many poor jokes. It could go something like this… how do you confuse a Blonde Ale? Put her between a pale … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Schwarzbier

History Black beers have been a major player in not only the revival of the American craft brew scene, but on a wider world stage too. Porters and Stouts are a cornerstone of beer culture, but there’s another black beer, an older, yet far less known inhabitor of this corner of the color spectrum. … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Fruit Beer

History of Fruit Beer Unlike most other styles, fruit beer really has no continuous lineage in the brewing histories. But, new evidence may link the earliest evidence of brewing with fruit beer. A study published in 2004 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents 9,000 year … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Russian Imperial Stout

History Perhaps, it all started with a request. On a 1698 trip to England, Peter the Great is said to have tasted of a black nectar called stout, and immediately fallen in love. He wanted much to imbibe in this new found love even when he returned home to Czarist Russia, so he requested that … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Irish Red Ale

History This is a beer style with limited history. Whether that limit is because some of it has been lost or because it is a relatively new style, not especially sought after in its own country, with a history half buried in that of English bitters, is hard to firmly nail down. There … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Belgian Tripel

History With long held traditions rooted deep in the Middle Ages European monastic brewers have greatly influenced modern brewing culture and continue to craft some of the most defining and memorable ales. The Belgian Tripel is the youngest of the ale trilogy (dubbel, tripel, and quadruple) … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Munich Dunkel

History The dark lagers of Bavaria, including the dunkel, were all brewed in much the same way and likely had a very murky, very dark common ancestor. But the dunkel, along with the schwarzbier and rauchbier are, in their own right, prestigious ancestors to the line of modern lagers. At one … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: California Common / Steam

History California Common was historically known as Steam Beer, a name that is now trademarked by Anchor Brewing Company. It is one of maybe only three styles that have their origins firmly entrenched on American soil. Gold had been discovered in California and a mad rush was on to lay … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Kölsch

Beginnings of the Style The city of Cologne is situated along the Rhine in Western Germany. It is an old city. Founded in the first century A.D., it has seen and played its part in much of history. Not the least of which is Colognes contributions to Germany’s beer history. Cologne’s … [Read more...]