Imperial Stout vs Stout Beers | What’s the difference?

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Renowned for being some of the strongest beers, stouts are complex brews, often appreciated by only the most daring beer enthusiasts.  However, there are many sides to this mysterious lord of beers. And surprisingly, it isn’t always as dark and alcohol-heavy as people make it out to be.  Stouts come in many varieties, ranging from … Read more

Best Beer Batter

I got this out of a Cooks Illustrated Cookbook a while back. It’s the best Beer Batter I’ve tried. I like a flavorful lager, like Brooklyn Brewing Company’s Brooklyn Lager, or a good Mexican lager, like Pacifico in this batter. Here is the recipe: 1.5 cups all purpose flour .5 cup cornstarch .5 tsp paprika … Read more

2008 BJCP Style Guidelines 7A – Northern German Altbier

NOTE:  In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Northern German Altbier no longer exists as a separate style.  Both Altbiers, Northern German and Dusseldorf have been combined into one Style 7B in Category 7 Amber Bitter European Beer which groups amber-colored, evenly balanced to bitter balanced beers of German or Austrian origin. Use the information below as reference only and … Read more

2008 BJCP Style Guidelines 14C – Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Imperial IPA is now designated as Style 22A Double IPA in Category 22 Strong American Ale which includes modern American strong ales with a varying balance of malt and hops. The category is defined mostly by alcohol strength and a lack of roast. The information below is still valid, but if you are … Read more

Northern English Brown Ale Style Profile

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Northern English Brown is replaced by Style 13B British Brown Ale in Category 13 Brown British Beer, which describe the modern versions.  They are grouped together for judging purposes only since they often have similar flavors and balance, not because of any implied common ancestry. The similar characteristics are low to moderate strength, dark color, … Read more

Schwarzbier Beer Style Profile

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Schwarzbier is reclassified as Style 8B in Category 8 Dark European Lager which contains German vollbier lagers darker than amber-brown color. Schwarzbier Description and Brewing Tips Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles to drink.  Its name means “black beer” in German. This beer has wonderfully mild, almost bittersweet notes of chocolate, coffee, and … Read more

Weizenbier-Weissbier Style Profile

NOTE: In the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Weizenbier weissbier has been reclassified as Category 10 German Wheat Beer which contains vollbier- and starkbier-strength German wheat beers without sourness, in light and dark colors. Weizenbier-Weissbier are German wheat beers and by law must be made with at least 50% malted wheat. You will find, however, that most Bavarian Wheat beers … Read more

Evaluating Beer: Tasting and Judging For Style

Tasting and Judging For Style of Beer Evaluating beer is an art as much as a science. We are judging beer every time we drink, whether we realize it or not. Evaluation is something that can be learned, with practice and a little knowledge of the descriptors and terminology. I want to present you with … Read more

Off Flavors in Beer-Detection, Identification and Prevention

Off Flavors in Your Beer-Detection, Identification and Prevention Troubleshooting the off flavors in your home brewed beer is an art as well as a science. With a little experience and a good reference, you will learn to refine your sanitization and brewing practices to prevent these unwanted flavors. Although processes and sanitization are often the … Read more

Beer Clarity is an Important Aspect of Beer Evaluation These Days.

Beer Clarity – What to Do About Hazy Beer Beer clarity has become an important aspect of most beers since the first pilseners arrived. American light lagers are some of the clearest beers in the world with their low proteins and high adjuncts. Beer drinkers have come to expect their beer to be clear. So how does this affect … Read more