Say the word “Brettanomyces” in a room full of booze hounds, and you’ll be either applauded or shunned. Beer geeks of a certain stripe can’t get enough of this wild yeast, nicknamed “Brett” and featured in limited-edition bottles by breweries like Allagash and The Bruery. Brett elicits a very different reaction in wine-drinking circles, however.
Few beverages mark a momentous occasion quite like the pop of Champagne. Beers fermented with Champagne yeast, though, come pretty close. Although there are more than 5,000 breweries in the country, beers brewed with Champagne yeast are relatively rare. Rate Beer, the crowdsourced beer-ranking website, lists only 180 beers made with Champagne yeast. Some are no […]
Every year as summer fades into fall, a new crop of beers starts to pop up in American taprooms. Fresh hop and wet hop beers now regularly sit alongside the dry hopped (and, more recently, double dry hopped) IPAs released by innovative brewers. Servers often encourage you to taste the fresh and dry hop beers […]
What makes a single hop worthy of having its own dedicated beer? Increasingly, for the past few years, breweries like Green Flash, Cahaba, Mikkeller, and Founders Brewing Company have been exploring the complexities of individual hop breeds in single-hop beers. As the brewmaster of Founders Brewing Company, Jeremy Kosmicki isn’t afraid to brew the beer he […]
At its most basic, beer is simply the malt, water, yeast, and hops. Everything else is just extra added on to the base. And while hops get much of the credit for flavor, they’re not necessarily the most important ingredient. I asked 15 brewers what the most underrated ingredient in beer is. Here are their responses. […]
Industrial, high-strung beers are out and farm fresh is in. Which sounds great in theory, but a shift in preference also means getting used to a few new things. Namely, sediment in beer. Cloudy beers like New England-style IPAs and unfiltered ales often have a solid layer at the bottom of the beer that makes the beer […]
Every foodie worth her coral pink Himalayan sea salt will tell you that merely dining at restaurants that serve organic, fair trade, hand-gathered-and-butchered fare on locally sourced wooden tables with recycled tablecloths dyed with beet juice just isn’t enough. Shopping at the farmer’s market?
As the United States’ craft beer industry continues to boom (the number of operating breweries jumped 16.6 percent in 2016), brewing is an increasingly promising employment sector. Last year, craft brewers provided almost 129,000 jobs, up 6 percent from the year before. In response to all this growth, two- and four-year colleges across the country have […]
Why do I have to pay a corkage fee at a restaurant if I bring my own wine and why does it vary so much? If you have a special bottle at home that you’d rather drink with your meal instead of ordering a bottle off the list, then you’re going to have to pay […]