Know Your Beer Styles: Bohemian Pilsner

Beginnings The entire world owes a depth of gratitude to the brewers of Plzen (Pilsen), who, in 1842 created a beer that would take the world by storm. Founded by King Wenceslas II in 1295, Plzen became a center of Bohemian brewing after its founder granted its citizenry the right to brew. … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Flanders Red Ale

Beginnings Belgium has one of the most varied histories when it comes to the art of brewing. This is not to say that Belgium’s brewing craft does not stem from the same traditions as those found in the rest of Europe. But, this country, more than any other, seems to have carried those old … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Brown Porters

The Beginnings History is a funny thing. Many times it is based just as much on assumptions and stories than on fact. Sometimes there are multiple possible histories and no easy way to separate the less accurate from the more accurate. The history of the Porter beer style is ambiguous at … [Read more...]

5 Deliciously Simple Dishes That Showcase Beer

Here are five dishes with straightforward recipes that are simple enough for anyone to make. Instead of using a long list of ingredients that you have to scour the grocery store to find, and that ultimately cover up the flavor of your beer, these recipes are designed to showcase the flavors of your … [Read more...]

A Beer Geek’s Guide to Storing & Serving Temperatures

As you may know, heat is one of beer’s big enemies. It can promote oxidation, which is what happens when natural compounds within the beer react with oxygen leading to off flavors in your beer. Heat can also result in flavor loss altogether, creating a bland product that is in no way reflective of … [Read more...]

Growlers 101: Why Every Beer Geek Should Own One

Over the Memorial day weekend, I was walking into a local pub I like to frequent to get my growler filled. While walking in with this big container, a group of people stopped me to ask what it was and why I had it. I was a little flabbergasted that they didn’t know what a growler was, so I gave them … [Read more...]

Raising the ABV of Your Homebrew

Alcohol is a byproduct of the fermentation process, which takes place when the yeast converts the sugars derived from the grain. Knowing that, you can increase the alcohol by volume (ABV) by increasing the size of the grain bill or increasing the amount of malt extract used. Though, this … [Read more...]

Drying Made Easy: The FastRack and Carboy Dryer

When it comes to choosing a storage vessel for your homebrew, bottles are probably the most obvious option for homebrewers both new and old. Bottling homebrew is a great choice for those starting out because bottles are easily accessible and can be reused time and time again. They’re also great for … [Read more...]

The Ins & Outs of a Kegerator

Beer is best when served fresh, cold, and on draft. Half the cost of canned and bottled of beer, kegged beer is a cost-efficient way to enjoy your favorite beverage. A kegerator makes this enjoyment possible, and depending on your beer buying frequency, can paying for itself in just a matter of … [Read more...]

How Long Does A Keg Remain Fresh?

Due to a variety of beer styles and storage options for your keg, there’s no set answer to this question. Depending on who you ask or what site you read, the answer will range between 20-120 days. There are many variables that can play a role in how quickly your kegged beer starts to alter in … [Read more...]

The Homebrewer’s Guide to Secondary Fermentation

If you are new to brewing your own beer, it is important that you learn how the process of fermentation works and the steps you should take to make the perfect homebrew. For some beers, you may want to follow a secondary fermentation process. This conditioning process is a little more complicated, … [Read more...]

7 Beer Products You Need for an MVP Football Party

There are a lot of details to make sure you get covered before you host a party worthy of Sunday's Big Game. After all, it's the end of the season. A party is a must. Regardless of what your football party strategy is, there is no doubt that beer is going to play a key role in your party’s … [Read more...]

Winter Warmers: A Beer Style Designed to Keep You Warm

Winter warmers are another wildly popular seasonal amongst beer geeks. As the name implies, this seasonal is only brewed in the winter and all have a slightly higher ABV to help “keep you warm” during the holiday season. What is a Winter Warmer? For centuries now, beer with higher-than-usual … [Read more...]

Top 10 Gifts for the Beer Snob in Your Life

The holiday season is officially here. The Christmas lights are up in my neighborhood, the house smells like a fresh tree and my daughter keeps asking me when Santa is coming over. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s definitely that time of year again. No matter what you celebrate, it’s quite … [Read more...]